A promising day for Jaguar Racing ended with both cars retiring from the race. Eddie Irvine made a good start and was running on the fringes of the top six when an engine problem saw him come to a halt in front of the pits. "Despite my exit from...
A promising day for Jaguar Racing ended with both cars retiring from the race. Eddie Irvine made a good start and was running on the fringes of the top six when an engine problem saw him come to a halt in front of the pits. "Despite my exit from the race this was our most positive overall team performance this season," he said. "The car felt pretty good throughout the race and I didn't suffer from too many problems until the engine decided to let go. The team radioed me about 25 laps from the end and informed me of an oil problem. I used fewer revs in the hope that it would go away, but it was no surprise when the car stopped. The rear of the car felt loose throughout the whole race but I had this problem under control. Again it's a shame to see valuable points so close yet so far away."
Pedro de la Rosa was making progress from his 20th position the grid when he was eliminated in an early incident with Jordan's Heinz-Harald Frentzen. "It was a racing accident pure and simple but of course that doesn't stop me from being very disappointed," he said. "Heinz-Harald came from a long way back and when I saw him in my mirrors I moved to the right of the track but he overshot the corner and the next thing I knew his car made contact with mine and we went off the track together. It's a real shame because I had moved up from 20th to 16th and I wasn't pushing hard. I wanted to finish the race."
"There's little consolation for us to take away from this race. The team did a solid job on strategy but our only hope of points was lost because of an engine failure," added team boss Bobby Rahal. "Eddie's car ran out of oil and he drove at lower revs for quite some time to compensate for this. I'm actually surprised at how long the engine lasted given that he had no oil in it and it's too early to say exactly why this happened. We are brutally aware of the challenge this team faces and we will continue to fight hard towards our targets. We have developments in progress and it's only a matter of time before our cars are better placed to fight for points. There isn't a miracle cure and we are working hard, particularly on aerodynamics."