Canadian GP: Jaguar race notes

A disappointing end to what began as a promising weekend for Jaguar Racing as both drivers were forced to retire from the Canadian Grand Prix. Pedro de la Rosa had barely started the race when at the end of lap one he collided with the Toyota of...

A disappointing end to what began as a promising weekend for Jaguar Racing as both drivers were forced to retire from the Canadian Grand Prix. Pedro de la Rosa had barely started the race when at the end of lap one he collided with the Toyota of Alan McNish and hit the circuit's perimeter wall. After having pitted and replaced the damaged wheel rims, Pedro rejoined the race a lap down on the field. He managed to stay out for another 29 laps but eventually retired because of what appears to be a gearbox related problem.

Until the car is returned to the team, however, the exact caused cannot be determined. Eddie drove a determined race and everything was going to plan until lap 40 when he came in for his pit stop. Higher than normal temperatures alerted the team to a problem and on lap 42, Eddie was also forced to retire.

Niki Lauda - CEO and Team Principal

"It has obviously been a disappointing end to what should have been a much better race for us. Both cars ran heavy fuel loads and with our one-stop strategy, we were hoping the race would come to us. Instead, we suffered from a racing incident with Pedro and a mechanical problem with Eddie. I haven't studied the footage to really comment on the incident between Pedro and Alan McNish."

"Pedro's retirement could have been related to damage sustained during this incident or it could be something else. Until we look at the car and data, it is very hard to say and with Eddie, it's a similar story to the extent that we haven't yet got the car back for analysis. On the whole, it has been an encouraging weekend in terms of the progress made and it's a shame we couldn't reward ourselves at the end of it."

Eddie Irvine

"A frustrating end to our Canadian Grand Prix, but that's motor racing. Everything was going to plan until the pit stop when we noticed the increasing temperature readouts. We had no choice at that stage but to carry on, but in the end it proved to be a terminal problem when I lost drive on lap 42. There is little more to say than that. We did a good job to qualify fourteenth and given the high retirement rate today, we may have been at the back end of the points challenge. We have, however, taken steps forward in other areas over the course of the weekend and we will apply this towards our on-going goal of improving the race car."

Pedro de la Rosa

"A terrible end to my Canadian Grand Prix and suffice to say that I'm far from happy with Alan McNish! I made a reasonably good start and was charging down the second straight with the rest of the field when I noticed Alan overtake me on the outside as we approached the chicane. Given our heavy fuel load, we were prepared for this. As we got nearer to the chicane, I then tried a similar move on him and even though he was on the inside, he moved over to the outside and hit me. This put me onto the grass and into the concrete wall."

"There was absolutely no reason for him to have done that and at 330kph, it was utter lunacy in my opinion. Maybe he didn't see me, I don t know, but it essentially ended my race. I pitted, but re-joined a lap down on everyone else. What eventually caused me to stop, I don't know. It could have been because of the accident or it may well have been another problem."


Eddie Irvine
Position: DNF
Best time: 1:17.813
Chassis: R3-05
T-Car: R3-01


Pedro de la Rosa
Position: DNF
Best time: 1:18.964
Chassis: R3-04

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Pedro de la Rosa , Niki Lauda
Teams Jaguar Racing