Jaguar Racing has struggled for results since it joined Formula One in 2000 but Ford vice president Richard Parry-Jones has faith in the team. Jaguar has had more than a few upheavals in its short history as an F1 team, from the departure of...
Jaguar Racing has struggled for results since it joined Formula One in 2000 but Ford vice president Richard Parry-Jones has faith in the team. Jaguar has had more than a few upheavals in its short history as an F1 team, from the departure of bosses and technical directors to even the drivers being shuffled with alarming frequency. However, in 2003 things improved and Parry-Jones believes there will be more rewards in the future.
"It is a sign of our underlying confidence in the team and the management we have put in place, and our ability to get a really excellent return from this investment," he said, according to Autosport, of Ford's continuing support.
"I believe in continuous improvement. This is a very tough, complicated and competitive business, and becoming too ambitious too quickly can be as dangerous as not being ambitious enough. You can wish your way to the front of the grid or you can work your way to the front of the grid. We prefer the latter approach."
The 2004 Jaguar R5 already had shakedown tests this week at Lommel in Belgium. The programme was mainly straight-line work and system checks and test team manager Tony Burrows said the plan is to move on to Barcelona for further testing.
The R5 is due to be launched at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday 18th January, followed by its public track debut at the circuit. Christian Klien will be race driver alongside Mark Webber this year, although the team has yet to reveal if it will employ a full time test driver.
Jaguar was keen on retaining the services of Justin Wilson as tester but due to the new rule, which states the third driver in Friday practice sessions at race weekends must not have competed in more than 6 GPs in the previous two seasons, Wilson can't take the position. A meeting of team bosses today (January 16th) in London is expected to discuss the test driver ruling.