An extremely disappointing end to what had been such a promising weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix for the Jaguar Racing team. Both drivers Mark Webber (27) and Christian Klien (21) suffered slow starts with the R5 and the team will be ...
An extremely disappointing end to what had been such a promising weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix for the Jaguar Racing team. Both drivers Mark Webber (27) and Christian Klien (21) suffered slow starts with the R5 and the team will be investigating why, after completing successful quick starts during the rest of the weekend.
Mark suffered a collision with the BMW-Williams of Ralf Schumacher and immediately had a puncture in the right rear tyre and may have suffered additional damage to the car. After pitting for a successful tyre change and re-fuel he was given a drive through penalty for speeding in the pit-lane. Things did not improve and unfortunately on lap 25 Mark spun under braking and ran off-track. Christian had a steady race and brought the car home in 10th position which is a reflection of his hard work and that of the teams.
I am really disappointed with the outcome today after all of our hard work and our fantastic place on the front row of the grid for the race. I had a bad start with the car and things did not get much better after that. After overtaking Ralf Schumacher twice he hit me from behind and my rear right tyre had a puncture and the car may have suffered some damage too. I then had to limp to the pits to be re-fuelled and have the tyres changed.
The drive through penalty added to my troubles and after then going off-line several times to let people overtake me I spun under braking. A very difficult end for us which should not have been the case. The pace of the R5 is evident and we had a great package and set-up for today. I know that the team are going to be working very hard over the next few weeks and I am confident that together with Michelin, Cosworth Racing and Pi Research we will move forward.
My start was not good and I am certainly frustrated with this. I did however, actually enjoy the race and it was good for me. The first few laps were made difficult by the rain and I was pleased just to stay on track. The pace of the car was good and the balance and set-up for the track was ideal for me, thanks to my mechanics. I was racing with the Jordan of Fisichella and the Toyota of Panis and I felt really confident in the R5.
Unfortunately my third pit-stop cost me a couple of places as my fuel cap would not open and the team had to do it manually. Before Bahrain we will be looking to understand more about why I had a slow start and why the fuel cap did not open. The main thing for me is finishing after what has been an incredibly tough ninety minutes but also rewarding for me.
Dr Mark Gillan - Head of Vehicle Performance:
This has been a very unsatisfactory finish to the weekend for all of us. Both R5s were slow pulling away at the start and after many good practice starts this weekend we will be investigating this throughly on our return to the factory. Mark did a good job to then make up some places and overtake Ralf Schumacher (BMW-Williams) twice. It then appears that he was hit by Ralf from behind causing him to suffer a right rear puncture and damage to the car. The mechanics did a good job to turn him around with new tyres and fuel and get him back out as soon as they did.
The drive through penalty is frustrating for us and of course to not have Mark finish is not what we had hoped for. Christian did a good job with the R5 today and to have him finish is encouraging. The car has been reliable and Cosworth Racing, Pi Research and Michelin have done an outstanding job this weekend as they always do. We at Jaguar Racing have a lot of hard work ahead of us between now and Bahrain as we know that we have a competitive package and getting both drivers to the finishing line and scoring points is what we are capable of.
Best time: 1:36.922
Chassis: R5- 03
Best time: 1:37.031
Chassis: R5- 01