Jaguar Racing drivers Mark Webber (27) and Christian Klien (21) both drove clean and competitive races today at the Nurburgring in Germany and brought the cars home in a rewarding points finishing seventh and twelfth place respectively. Although...
Jaguar Racing drivers Mark Webber (27) and Christian Klien (21) both drove clean and competitive races today at the Nurburgring in Germany and brought the cars home in a rewarding points finishing seventh and twelfth place respectively. Although Mark suffered a slow start off the grid he did a good job to work his way up the field with his two-stop strategy enabling him to finish with two much deserved Championship points.
Christian drove a determined race that saw him at one stage battling with the BMW-Williams of Montoya. Both Jaguar R5s finished ahead of the McLarens and BMW-Williams. The team now travels back to the UK to participate in a four-day one-car test at Silverstone (UK).
"I had a good race today and a seventh position finish and two points in the bag is exactly what the Doctor ordered. My start was slightly slower than we had expected as I suffered a clutch engagement problem. I then went on to work my way up the grid and I am pleased to say that our strategy worked really well today and despite my one second penalty on my qualfying time I don't think it cost me too much."
"As the race wore on the balance of the car got even better and it was good fun to drive. The team has been working incredibly hard since Monaco and well before that but there was no reward, now there is just reward for all our efforts. I am already excited about Canada but before that I will be back out in the R5 at Silverstone testing for the team.
"The start was great for me as I managed to overtake two cars by the first corner. The balance was good and the car was going really well. After my first pit stop though the balance was slightly more difficult for me so I think I may have lost a bit of time in my second session. I enjoyed my battle with Montoya, that's what we are about. The cars were really reliable today and they felt good. I am very pleased to have finished the race, albeit it, without points. We are learning more with every lap and the team is so focused on what we have to do and where we are going. I am looking forward to testing and I can't wait to be racing again."
Dr Mark Gillan -- Head of Vehicle Performance:
"We had a mixed start today with Christian getting a good start and getting off the line well, while Mark had a slight clutch engagement problem. Both drivers did well in our first stint leading up to the pitstop and the pace of the car was encouraging. Our two-stop strategy worked well and to have them both finish and Mark in seventh place with two points is just reward and testament to all the hard work and man hours that we spend working towards this end."
"Mark was held up my Montoya after his first stop which may have cost him a place in front of the Sauber of Fisichella but despite that we are of course pleased with the result. We are now focusing on our four day test ahead of us at Silverstone when we will be working on several test parts. The team is always motivated but sometimes you need a weekend like this to give the team a well-deserved boost."