Qualifying for tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix went as expected for Jaguar Racing with Pedro de la Rosa and Eddie Irvine posting 15th and 16th positions respectively. The notoriously twisty and slippery Hungaroring circuit proved too much for the...
Qualifying for tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix went as expected for Jaguar Racing with Pedro de la Rosa and Eddie Irvine posting 15th and 16th positions respectively. The notoriously twisty and slippery Hungaroring circuit proved too much for the Jaguar R3 and achieving a good set-up has been very difficult since the team arrived in Hungary. Pedro did a good job in getting the most from his qualifying package whereas Eddie suffered from handling issues and traffic.
The Hungaroring doesn't lend itself well to overtaking and tomorrow's race will undoubtedly be very difficult to score points from. Reliability will be key in a race that normally boasts very high temperatures and crossing the finish line with both cars is the team's target.
Niki Lauda CEO and Team Principal
"I really don't think we could have done much better today. We have not found the set-up challenge easy at this circuit and while we expected a tough weekend before we arrived, the very slippery and bumpy nature of this circuit has added to our difficulties. Traffic is also a very big problem here and out of a combined total of seven timed runs, only Pedro managed a perfectly clean lap without being held-up. Eddie had a terrible afternoon and constantly found himself being held-up in traffic."
"Nonetheless, there is a limit as to how far up we could have qualified today and I'd say that Pedro is on that limit. The car appears to be quite temperamental around this circuit and tomorrow's race will be very hard for everyone who isn't at the front! Overtaking is almost impossible and unless something unusual happens at the start, I expect a processional race tomorrow."
Pedro de la Rosa
"That was a messy qualifying session because of the traffic problems throughout. I was lucky, however, in that I managed a good clean lap and the time is representative of where we are. The car feels reasonable and has come a long way since yesterday. The team has done a good job on fine-tuning the set-up and balance and we'll now look into our strategy options for tomorrow's race."
"The heat is normally a killer at this circuit and takes its toll on both drivers and machinery, although I don't expect it to be anywhere near as hot as in the past. Reliability is critical to getting something out of this weekend and keeping on the track is another! All things said, I feel quite pleased about the progress we are making and given how much the gap has now closed between ourselves and the competition compared to earlier in the year, our race pace should provide an opportunity or two tomorrow."
"The car hasn't been to my liking all weekend and getting a decent set-up has been very hard. I am suffering from all sorts of issues ranging from oversteer to understeer -- depending on how fast I go into the corners. Combine this with horrendous traffic problems and today's qualifying performance becomes clear. I was held-up by Montoya, Button and one or two others as well. Regardless of traffic though, out best effort would not have boosted our places by much and I'd say Pedro's performance sums-up our capabilities at this circuit. Our race pace, however, is normally better and even though overtaking is very limited around here, the attrition rate might help us -- as long as we're not on the receiving end of course!"
Pedro de la Rosa
Best time: 1:15.867
Best time: 1:16.419