San Marino GP: Jaguar Saturday qualifying notes

Jaguar Racing's Mark Webber (27) and Christian Klien (21) today qualified 8th and 14th respectively for tomorrow's San Marino Grand Prix. Christian Klien suffered a heavy spin this morning forcing the team to change his chassis ahead of qualifying.

Jaguar Racing's Mark Webber (27) and Christian Klien (21) today qualified 8th and 14th respectively for tomorrow's San Marino Grand Prix. Christian Klien suffered a heavy spin this morning forcing the team to change his chassis ahead of qualifying. Both drivers drove clean laps in the first and second qualifying sessions and were pleased with their positions. The team will be working on strategy this evening ahead of the race and will be looking to ensure that they start well on the grid tomorrow for the circuit offers few overtaking opportunities.

Mark Webber:

"I underperformed slightly in my first session so we decided to make a slight change to the front flap to further improve the balance and general set-up of the car. This seemed to work and I am pleased with my final qualifying position for tomorrow's race. The boys have done a good job in preparing the car and Michelin have delivered on the tyres so we are in good shape for the race. I am aiming for some points here at Imola as we know we have a good car with pace on track and if we can capitalise on some attrition then there is no reason why we cannot score some. The circuit is historically hard on the car so we will just have to wait and see what happens. We have the potential!"

Christian Klien:

"This morning was disappointing as I did not complete as many laps as I had planned. I made a driver error shortly after going out on track and as a result of the damage to the car the team had to do a very quick job in changing my chassis around with that of the T-car. They have done a good job so when I went out this afternoon the car was well balanced and set-up for me. My qualifying lap was ok and I am reasonably pleased with how it went. I am looking forward to tomorrow as I know that the R5 has good pace and I will be making the most of any opportunity to move up the grid during the race."

Dr Mark Gillan -- Head of Vehicle Performance

"It was frustrating not to have Christian complete more laps this morning ahead of qualifying, but as a result of braking slightly too late into corner 12 the car spun and was damaged quite extensively. We were forced to change the chassis but not the engine and fortunately as a result of the team working flat-out we even managed to get Christian out for another eight laps at the end of this morning's sessions. He did a good job in qualifying and I am pleased with his position considering the little amount of running he has had all weekend."

"Mark did a good job today and completed several laps allowing us to make a few changes before his final qualifying to further improve the balance of the car. Looking ahead to tomorrow we are in a good position for the race and we will be focusing on making a good start. Overtaking here can be difficult so we will be working on our strategy tonight to look at ways that we can make the most of any opportunities on track."

Mark Webber
Position: 8th
Best time: 1:20.921
Chassis: R5- 03

Christian Klien
Position: 14th
Best time: 1:21.949
Chassis: R5- 02

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