San Marino GP: Jaguar race notes

Jaguar Racing drivers Mark Webber (27) and Christian Klien (21) finished in 13th and 14th places respectively today in the San Marino Grand Prix after a frustrating race which saw Mark lose engine power as a result of an intermittent electrical ...

Jaguar Racing drivers Mark Webber (27) and Christian Klien (21) finished in 13th and 14th places respectively today in the San Marino Grand Prix after a frustrating race which saw Mark lose engine power as a result of an intermittent electrical problem and Christian racing from the back of the field after a slow start.

The team will be testing at Ford's private proving ground Lommel, in Belgium, this Friday 30th April in preparation for the Spanish Grand Prix. After a disappointing finish in San Marino they will be looking to secure some championship points in Barcelona in two-weeks time.

Mark Webber:

"That was a difficult race for us this afternoon. I made a good start and maintained my eighth position on the first few laps. My pit stop went to plan but then after that I started to lose power. I have spoken with my engineers and it appears that the engine was suffering from an intermittent electrical problem. They cannot confirm the cause behind this at the moment and until we get the car back to the factory in Milton Keynes and study the data we will not know."

"After all our hard work this weekend it would have been rewarding to have finished higher up the grid. However, saying that we all know that we have to take the rough with the smooth and today has been one of the rougher days. We will be working hard over the next two weeks ahead of Barcelona when we will come back and aim for some points."

Christian Klien:

"I am really disappointed with how today has finished for me. My start was not great and I struggled to make up any places. I soon became boxed in at the back and it as difficult to make any headway. After my first pit-stop I started to get blue-flagged and once this happens you have to keep moving off-line to let people by. This slows you down as you are off the racing line and it costs you a lot of time. Near the end I hit lots of traffic and I also started to struggle with the balance of the car under braking."

"All things considered it was not a good race for me and I am frustrated that I could not have done more for the team. My mechanics and engineers have done a fantastic job all weekend especially when they had to change my chassis over yesterday morning in time for qualifying. I am looking forward to Barcelona though as this is one of the tracks that I have been to many times before in a Formula One car."

Dr Mark Gillan, Head of Vehicle Performance:

"A frustrating end to the weekend for all of us. The team had prepared two good cars and both Mark and Christian had performed well all weekend with both cars in a point scoring position on the starting grid. Mark made a good start and pitted as planned on lap eight. About half-way through his second stint he suffered a loss of power as a result of an intermittent electrical problem with the engine. We made minor adjustments in an attempt to resolve the issue however, we were unable to do so and Mark drove the remainder of the race with the intermittent loss of power."

"Christian's start was not as good as I had hoped and he became boxed in at the back of the pack. Frustratingly he was blue-flagged on numerous occasions causing him to lose time and a result it was difficult to make any sort of impact on the field. With all that said, we were pleased with our tyre choice and looking ahead we will be conducting a private test in Lommel this Friday 30th April in preparation for the Barcelona Grand Prix. Although we are extremely disappointed by our finishing positions this weekend we are positive about the pace of the car and we know that the potential to continue to compete for Championship points is there."

Mark Webber
Position: 13th
Chassis: R5-03

Christian Klien
Position: 14th
Chassis: R5-01

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Christian Klien
Teams Jaguar Racing