A challenging day weather wise with much off-track activity caused by heavy showers throughout the morning and afternoon sessions. Jaguar Racing drivers Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia started the test session with dry weather and worked through...
A challenging day weather wise with much off-track activity caused by heavy showers throughout the morning and afternoon sessions. Jaguar Racing drivers Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia started the test session with dry weather and worked through a programme of race set-up and tyre evaluation.
Despite heavy rain forcing the drivers to end their session early, Mark was satisfied having completed two long runs of twelve laps with no issues. Antonio had faced no issues until the closing minutes of the session when his car came to a stop as a result of a fuel issue. The heavy rain continued into warm-up forcing Antonio to aquaplane on corner four damaging his race car to the extent that the T-car - that was already set up for him - had to be used for qualifying. Antonio, despite the difficult on-track conditions and the use of the T-Car went on to qualify a commendable 8th. This was his first qualifying session at a track that he has previously raced at and his experience has provided him with more time to work on set-up as opposed to track layout. Mark was one of the last two drivers to qualify and did an outstanding job to qualify on pole. He suffered no issues during qualifying and ran a clean lap providing just reward for both Mark and the team. The Michelin tyres did an outstanding job as did Cosworth after what has been a frustrating start to the season for the team.
Dr Mark Gillan - Head of Vehicle Performance:
"Both drivers worked through tyre comparisons and race set-up this morning and despite Antonio being forced to stop with a fuel issue during the test session both drivers were satisfied with the data collected. Heavy rain forced us to keep the drivers in the garage for the last 15 minutes of testing however."
"Warm-up continued with heavy rain and unfortunately Antonio fell foul of corner four and aqua- planned into the side barriers causing extensive damage to the car. As a result he was forced to use the T-Car for qualifying and he did a sterling job in bringing the car home in 8th position. Mark was one of the last two drivers to qualify today and he did an inspiring job. The track conditions were difficult and although we knew we were competitive we are of course very pleased to be on pole. The team, along with Cosworth and Michelin have been working extremely hard since the start of the season to iron out the gremlins that we have been suffering. This result certainly gives the team a well deserved boost and of course we are already planning for tomorrow and working on race strategy".
"What can I say, an amazing day all-round! I started this morning with two long runs of twelve laps and the car was performing well. We worked on tyre comparisons and also race set-up and were pleased with the results. The heavy rain of course hampered the number of laps that we had hoped to complete but despite that we went into warm -up encouraged. As a result of the session being stopped my fastest lap was not actually recorded, however, I am pleased to say that it was in qualifying. We were fortunate that the track had dried to some extent by the time I went out, however, the team have done an amazing job with the car and pole position today is just reward for the hard work that the team both here and at the factory have carried out since the start of the season. To be last out tomorrow is going to be interesting, lets see how it goes!"
"We were working through a normal list of tyre comparisons and race set-up when my car suffered a fuel issue problem that forced me to stop. The rain was not making my job any easier this morning when during warm-up I aqua-planned into corner and did some damage to the car. The team is now hard at work repairing what was my original race car so that I can have it as the T-car for the rest of the weekend. I qualified in the T-car that was fortunately set-up for me already this weekend, however, the T-car always feels slightly different from your race car. Despite that, I am very pleased with my 8th position here in Interlagos. Knowing the track already has made a huge difference, as I am far more comfortable behind the wheel here than I have been at the first two tracks of the season where the layout was new to me. I am looking forward to tomorrow, lets hope the home-fans are entertained".