The Nurburgring proved too much for Jaguar Racing today with Eddie Irvine retiring on lap 43 and Pedro de la Rosa finishing in 11th place. The high downforce demands of the Nurburgring didn't lend themselves well to the current behavioural issues...
The Nurburgring proved too much for Jaguar Racing today with Eddie Irvine retiring on lap 43 and Pedro de la Rosa finishing in 11th place. The high downforce demands of the Nurburgring didn't lend themselves well to the current behavioural issues on the Jaguar R3 and both drivers found themselves struggling to keep pace.
The team employed a one-stop strategy with Eddie and Pedro pitting on laps 33 and 34 respectively. Not long after Eddie had re-joined the race, the team's telemetry revealed a loss in hydraulic pressure and on lap 43, Eddie was forced to re-visit the pitlane again and retire. Pedro, however, drove a determined race and brought his Jaguar R3 across the finishing line as planned.
Niki Lauda CEO and Team Principal
"Finishing this race was our objective today and we got half way there with Pedro crossing the line in 11th place. Eddie suffered from a loss of hydraulic pressure and until we examine the car in detail, it's impossible at this stage to explain why. We took a decision to put both drivers on a one-stop strategy and that meant they were running with heavy fuel loads - hence Eddie dropping some positions not long after the first lap."
"The relatively low retirement rate didn't allow us to take advantage of anything today and in the end, our result reflected our overall pace. We are working hard behind-the-scenes to address our current aerodynamic issues and we are targeting some improvements in the very near future."
Pedro de la Rosa
"A very hard race which tested us to the limit. It didn't start too well because I had a problem on the start grid with the launch control. At first, it didn't engage and I feared the worst. It then got going and my next problem came at the first corner where the two Jordans got tangled with each other. I took avoiding action and made it through, but the race was very hard work indeed."
"With high downforce being a major prerequisite at this circuit, handling was always going to be an issue and so it proved. The car was a handful throughout the race and the only consoling factor was its reliability that allowed me to cross the finishing line. We knew this weekend would be very hard on us and finishing the race was our target."
"That was a very difficult race to contest, but no more than I expected. This is a very tough circuit and places maximum demand on aerodynamic capabilities - something we have not mastered yet with this car. I started well and from 17th on the grid, I managed to force myself into 14th. Our heavy fuel load meant that we were sitting targets for the others on a two-stopper but in all honestly, there was very little we could do out there today. I also suffered as I entered the pit lane for my pit stop. On entry into the pitlane, the car stepped out on me and spun, which cost me some time. All in all, a weekend to forget."
Pedro de la Rosa
Best time: 1:35.644
Chassis: R3-04 T-Car: R3-06
Best time: 1:36.662