With preparations for the 2003 Formula One season continuing apace, Jaguar Racing new boys Antonio Pizzonia and Mark Webber took time out during their break from testing to attend the Autosport International show at Birmingham over the ...
With preparations for the 2003 Formula One season continuing apace, Jaguar Racing new boys Antonio Pizzonia and Mark Webber took time out during their break from testing to attend the Autosport International show at Birmingham over the weekend.
Settling into his chair on the autosport stand, Webber spoke at length to underline the upbeat mood of the team and the hard graft currently underway to make the Jaguar R4 a competitive machine.
As for his own goals for the 2003 season, Mark was giving precious little away. "We want to make a clear step forward from last year and I think the ingredients are there for that to happen," he added. "I've got my own little goals, but until everyone else has run their new cars it's difficult for us to say how good people are going to be."
Unlike his team-mate, Antonio Pizzonia will be competing in his first season in Formula One. Although the Brazilian has much to learn in his debut year, he is hopeful of making a good impact.
"There's a lot to learn and a lot of pressure, but I'm quite confident and I think it's going to be a really good season," said Pizzonia. "Honestly, we have to wait and see how good we're going to be after we've tested the new car and how much the other teams will improve with their new cars. We're going to be looking for points and maybe if we have a really good car then podiums. But I think it's really too early and we have to wait and see."
"Getting to F1 is a dream come true," he added. "At the moment nothing feels that different, I still feel like a test driver - but I'm sure I'll feel different in Melbourne. The only difference has been a lot of PR work, which is very tiring."
One problem which Pizzonia admitted he may struggle with is a lack of familiarity with particular circuits.
"I don't know Melbourne, Malaysia, Canada or Suzuka - so I'm sure I'll struggle a little bit on these tracks." The Brazilian is certain, however, that he will have no problems whatsoever in forming a friendly and successful partnership with his team-mate.
"Mark is a nice guy and it's important we work together and help build up the team," he said. "There are no team orders at Jaguar - well, not yet anyway!"