Interlagos - 29,30,31 March & 1 April 2001 After a three-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, Jaguar Racing heads to Sao Paulo in Brazil for the third round of the FIA Formula One World Championship. Sao Paolo has a special chapter in...
Interlagos - 29,30,31 March & 1 April 2001
After a three-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, Jaguar Racing
heads to Sao Paulo in Brazil for the third round of the FIA Formula One
World Championship. Sao Paolo has a special chapter in the history of Grand
Prix, being the home city of two of Brazil's great World Champions - Emerson
Fittipaldi and the late Ayrton Senna. A real challenge, with quick corners,
the Interlagos circuit has been considerably developed since its opening in
1940, with re-shaping from its early 6.88km/4.3m to the current
4.292km/2.667m lap, enabling it to win the annual contract to stage the
grand prix in 1990.
Jaguar Racing's quest for reliability has so far been on target with both
cars finishing the season opener in Australia and Luciano Burti bringing his
car home at the last round in Malaysia. Eddie Irvine, however, has twice
suffered at the over exuberance of other drivers during the opening laps and
was forced to retire at Sepang because of a shunt from behind by Jos
Verstappen. Eddie now hopes for better fortune in Brazil. The team is
pleased with the level of reliability demonstrated during the opening two
races and on-going development is aimed at extracting more pace from the
Bobby Rahal - Team Principal
"I'm reasonably pleased with the progress we are making, but there is still a lot of work ahead of us. As I said in Malaysia, we must make better use of track time during the Free Practice sessions, that in turn will help optimise the set-up of the Jaguar R2 in qualifying and race trim. Eddie has been missing the luck of the Irish during the first two races and given the rate at which we are meeting our reliability targets, I'm obviously keen to see both cars race without interruptions from other drivers. We know Interlagos is a very challenging track and the heat will certainly help dictate the outcome of this race. Reliability will subsequently play a key role and our efforts to address this have so far been pleasing. We've just finished a three-day test in Barcelona with all three drivers and I'm pleased with what we addressed and achieved. With regard to recent media speculation about the immediate future of Luciano, I can only reiterate my words from Malaysia in that Eddie and Luciano are our drivers." Eddie Irvine
"My track record in Brazil isn't exactly brilliant. My only points finish from seven starts was a sixth place in 1999. The Interlagos circuit is very demanding. Physically it is tough, partly because of the fact it is left-handed and also because it is very bumpy. I hear they have resurfaced a lot of it since last year, but I'm not holding my breath, because the last time they did that, it seemed to make it worse! If the track is something of a car breaker, then that might just do us a favour as the R2 seems to be a strong car. At last week's testing in Barcelona, we concentrated on traction control work in anticipation of the Spanish GP, but we also tried a few new aerodynamic modifications and hopefully these might up our general performance level in Brazil." Luciano Burti
"I don't know Interlagos well as I've only ever raced there once in Formula Ford. When I was young, I also remember watching races from the grandstand and to come back as a driver in front of my home fans is something I can't wait for. In addition to my race duties, I am also anticipating a very busy weekend off the track dealing with media speculation concerning my future with Jaguar Racing. This is yet another example of media speculation gone wild.