Jaguar Racing's path to progress was again demonstrated this afternoon in Imola as drivers Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia took to the track for the second provisional qualifying session of the weekend. Following on from his strong performances...
Jaguar Racing's path to progress was again demonstrated this afternoon in Imola as drivers Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia took to the track for the second provisional qualifying session of the weekend. Following on from his strong performances in Brazil and during yesterday's first qualifying session, Mark drove an impressive and error-free lap to qualify fifth on the grid for tomorrow's 62-lap race with two Ferraris and two BMW Williams ahead of him. Antonio, who again lost valuable track time this morning because of an engine problem, qualified in 15th place.
Dr Mark Gillan - Head of Vehicle Performance:
"Another very pleasing day apart from some hiccups we suffered this morning. Mark's warm-up session this morning was cut short by a hydraulic problem and Antonio unfortunately suffered again with an engine problem. The team, however, did an impressive job of getting both cars prepared for qualifying and Mark's lap was simply sensational. He didn't go out there and aim for a banzai lap and instead, kept his cool and qualified the car exactly where we had aimed for. A very polished performance indeed!"
"Antonio also did a good job today but no doubt it could have been a little better had we not suffered with an engine problem this morning. A shame given the importance of set-up at this circuit but it's all to play for tomorrow. We are again well placed for points tomorrow and unlike Brazil, let's hope there are no surprises! A solid and aggressive performance will again be the order of the day and should we cross the finishing line, there is nothing to prevent us from taking points away. The improvement at Jaguar is taking clear shape and there is nothing we want to do more right now than reward our workforce, sponsors and our parent company with some championship points."
"I was aiming for a top six position and it's great to have managed P5 on the grid for tomorrow. I was watching the lap times of others head of me and given that nearly everyone was lapping in the mid 1m23secs zone, I knew I had to aim for a very low 1m23sec lap. In some ways, the lap was quite conservative. I didn't want to make any silly mistakes or over push the car. Knowing how to control your aggression isn't easy over this one-lap qualifying challenge and there's a very fine line indeed between going too slowly and too fast."
"Today, we got it just right and we are now very well placed for tomorrow's race. I suspect there will be the odd cynical remark about whether we are running light fuel but as we correctly pointed out in Brazil, just wait and watch the race tomorrow. We are on a health fuel strategy and there is no deception at work here. Jaguar is making very impressive and clear progress - it is as simple as that. The aim of the game now is points. If we can race reliably tomorrow and combine this with some clever strategy and no driver errors, there is nothing to stop us from taking points, albeit long overdue points given the potential we have demonstrated over the past few races."
"I again lost valuable track time this morning because of an engine problem and that didn't help my preparation going into qualifying. Nonetheless, I am pleased with my lap time given my strategy for tomorrow's race. The danger over this one-lap qualifying format is over-pushing the car and making a mistake that could relegate you to the back of the grid. Because of this, it was important to remain steady out there today and ensure we qualified in a position reflective of my strategy for tomorrow. With the risk of rain ever-more present for tomorrow's race, there is still a degree of uncertainly amongst teams as to how to play their strategies and of course, whether we start on wet tyres or not."
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