Australian GP: Jaguar Friday practice notes

Three Jaguar R5s took to the track today at Albert Park (Melbourne) driven by Mark Webber (27), Christian Klien (21) and test driver Bjorn Wirdheim (23). All drivers successfully completed their test programmes that saw them generate over a race...

Three Jaguar R5s took to the track today at Albert Park (Melbourne) driven by Mark Webber (27), Christian Klien (21) and test driver Bjorn Wirdheim (23). All drivers successfully completed their test programmes that saw them generate over a race distance between them with 66 laps. Mark managed a competitive time of 1:26.312 placing him 9th with Christian in 17th with a time of 1:27.724.

New test driver Bjorn alone drove 30 laps with a best time of 1:28.781 and a position of 20th. The team is happy with the first days running and is looking forward to qualifying tomorrow in the first race of the Formula One season.

Mark Webber:

"It was fantastic to finally get out in the R5 today and to get a feel for the track. We worked steadily through our test programme and we successfully completed our tasks. Having Björn out there today meant that I could focus on my car set-up and balance while he did a lot of the tyre work, it makes a big difference to me having him with us on a Friday. I am really pleased with how today went and I am now really looking forward to qualifying."

"The track is of course slightly green in a few places but generally it feels good and I always enjoy driving here. The R5 is of course different to the R4 that we had here last year so it's important to work as much as we can setting up the car in preparation for tomorrow and the race. Overall, so far, so good."

Christian Klien:

"Well, I think the time I spent in the simulator at the factory practising in Albert Park was time well spent but there is no substitute for the real thing. It was exciting to go out there this morning and it certainly took me by surprise how much bumpier it was then I expected. The balance of the R5 was good but it still shakes you around and as I soon discovered it was also greener on track than I realised when I had a little spin at Turn 4."

"Learning the track today was really my priority and I feel that I achieved this. I did spend some time working on the R5 set-up and of course my tyres as I need to make this decision tonight. Having Björn work on the tyres too takes some of the pressure off and lets us focus on the cars."

Björn Wirdheim:

"I spent most of today working on tyres for the team and I also focused on learning the track. After my thirty laps I certainly feel as if I am starting to know my way about. The tyre work is of course vital to the team although it is disappointing to not have a great lap time, but that is not why I am here ! It's been a really positive day and I hope that I have helped the team in some way. I completed the planned programme so its been a good start."

Dr Mark Gillan, Head of Vehicle Performance:

"A pleasing day all-round. Three drivers and three completed programmes. Our reliabilty has been good and I am more than happy with the three drivers and their hard work. Christian and Bjorn have done a great job on their first day and they have taken to the track very well. The R5 balance on all cars has been good and I am really looking forward to tomorrow."

Mark Webber
Position: 9th
Best time: 1:26.312
Chassis: R5-03

Christian Klien
Position: 17th
Best time: 1 :27.724
Chassis: R5-01

Bjorn Wirdheim
Position: 20th
Best time: 1 :28.781
Chassis: R5-02

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Bjorn Wirdheim , Christian Klien