Brazilian GP: Jaguar race notes

Jaguar Racing was unlucky not to score points in today's Brazilian Grand Prix, held over 71 laps of the Interlagos circuit in sweltering conditions. Although the race did not result in a points finish for Jaguar Racing, the team was again...

Jaguar Racing was unlucky not to score points in today's Brazilian Grand Prix, held over 71 laps of the Interlagos circuit in sweltering conditions. Although the race did not result in a points finish for Jaguar Racing, the team was again encouraged by the performance of its R3s which showed a good race pace. The Brazilian Grand Prix, renowned for its high attrition rate, saw nine retirements and the fact that both R3s took the chequered flag means that the team currently holds the best reliability record i n the championship.

Both Pedro de la Rosa and Eddie Irvine had chosen to run a long one-stop fuel strategy and from having started the race from 11th and 13th positions respectively, both drivers drove a hard race to bring the Jaguars across the finishing line. Eddie narrowly missed a point by finishing in 7th place while Pedro came home in 8th place.

All efforts will now be focused on the team^Òs three-day test in Valencia next week when more progress is anticipated on the ever-improving Jaguar R3.

Niki Lauda, Team Principal

"We have made progress in all areas of our race operation and it showed clearly all weekend. The team adopted a very diligent approach to the set-up of the car and we have been rewarded with a much better understanding of where we are now going. The race a gain highlighted our reliability record that, to the best of my knowledge, is currently the best in the pit-lane on a race mileage basis. Today was a case of 'so close yet so far'. I take nothing away from our drivers, both of whom drove a very hard and de termined race in what were very difficult conditions."

"Not only is this track very hot, but the bumps are notoriously painful and given that we are still far from satisfied with the car's handling, I am very pleased that we brought both cars home today. The progress demonstrated over the past few days highlights our abilities to take this operation forward and I am very encouraged by what we've seen this weekend in Brazil. Now, we must look to improve further and put maximum effort into extracting more speed from the R3. The potential is currently untapped and our three-day test programme in Valencia next week should, I hope, generate more results towards our goal of making this car quicker."

Eddie Irvine

"That was a very tough race! Keeping out of trouble was the main objective and as we said before this race, bringing a car home at Interlagos usually ends-up with a reward of some kind. We were a little unlucky not to have made it into the points today, bu t I have very pleased with the way this weekend has gone. We have learned a great deal about the R3 and there is still plenty of development left in the package."

"The car felt quite loose out there today at times and keeping it on the road wasn't always eas y. The tyres have played an important part in our solid performance this weekend, but a lot of credit must also go to the team for extracting the best set-up possible. We have made a step forward in one area and we must now look at making progress in other s. A good, all-round performance and we must now look at taking this progress further in an effort to fully exploit the capabilities of the Jaguar R3."

Pedro de la Rosa

"From my perspective alone, that was a pretty boring race. I pushed very hard out there today and while the retirement rate was pretty high, there wasn^Òt really anything else I could have done to get a better result at this stage of our development. I lost a bit of time after my pit stop because the rear tyres were blistering at quite a rate and it wasn't until the last lap that the tyres began kicking in."

"Nonetheless, we have a very reliable car that is proving itself as a better contender every race and t hat is very encouraging. The team's decision to stick with the R3 was spot-on and we will now apply the results of this weekend to our Valencia test next week. Given that we started the season from the back of the grid in Melbourne, the rate at which we ar e improving clearly demonstrates the fact that we are on the right path."


Weather: Hot / Dry Air temperature: 31 Track temperature: 38-40 degrees


Eddie Irvine: Position: 7th
Chassis: R3-03


Pedro de la Rosa: Position: 8th
Chassis: R3-02
T-car (spare) chassis: R3-01

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Pedro de la Rosa , Niki Lauda
Teams Jaguar Racing