Jaguar Racing driver Mark Webber rewarded the team and it's partners for a strong performance all weekend with a 3rd place on the grid for tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix - the highest Saturday qualifying position the team has ever achieved....
Jaguar Racing driver Mark Webber rewarded the team and it's partners for a strong performance all weekend with a 3rd place on the grid for tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix - the highest Saturday qualifying position the team has ever achieved. Antonio Pizzonia didn't fair as well as Mark and will start his home race from 17th position on the grid.
Mark's provisional pole position from yesterday's qualifying session meant that he was the last driver onto the circuit today whereas Antonio was the 13th driver to hit the track, albeit in his T-car, while his original race car was being repaired after his accident in the morning warm-up session yesterday.
Dr Mark Gillan - Head of Vehicle Performance
"Our preparation going into the race has gone exactly to plan and we are delighted with Mark's performance today - a truly outstanding lap. To start this race from the second row of the grid ahead of Schumacher's Ferrari, a McLaren and both Williams is just reward for the hardwork everyone has put into making the Jaguar R4 a solid contender around Interlagos. The car is very well balanced around this circuit and combined with the excellent Michelin tyre, we have been rewarded with P3 on the grid for tomorrow."
"Our sector times have looked quite strong all weekend and after the traumas of the first two races, it's great to finally prove what the Jaguar R4 is capable of. The potential of this package has never been in doubt back at the factory but we haven't capitalised on it in a race situation - something we are obviously aiming to put right tomorrow. Combined with giving Michelin their first-ever wets pole position yesterday, today really belongs to Mark Webber. He put an absolutely storming lap together and missed pole position by just under 5/100th second. Antonio unfortunately suffered today because of niggles with brakes and balance and having to take the T-car didn't help either. His original race car will, however, be ready for tomorrow to take on the role of T-Car."
"I'm surprised because we simply didn't think we would end up on the second row of the grid. We were aiming for top ten qualifying positions but the car felt great out there and that was as close to a near perfect lap I could have done. Contrary to what some people are saying, we were not running the car light with fuel and our strategy going into the race tomorrow is two-stops - not three. We may decide to come in a little early compared to the Ferraris and McLarens but in all honestly, we are not competing with them yet at this stage of our development. We need to come away from the race tomorrow with points and while a podium would be a dream result, the strength of our package is not yet capable of challenging for podium honours."
"Nonetheless, I must credit the team for the clear improvement we have demonstrated relative to the opening two races and let's see what tomorrow brings. The pace of the Jaguar R4 is good, I enjoy driving around this track and given how strong the Michelin tyre is, we go into the race quite well prepared. Reliability, however, is something we need to demonstrate tomorrow. Being quick over one lap is one thing - being consistently quick over a race distance is quite another - and that's our next major test. Leaving Interlagos with championship points is the order of the day now and in the process, rewarding the 300-strong team for their incredible hard work over the past few months."
"I am delighted for Mark but disappointed with my end-result. The fact that Mark has put the Jaguar on P3 for tomorrow's race shows clearly the potential of the package but my qualifying session was ruined by various things. I suffered problems with my brakes and the balance of the car was not to my liking - particularly in sectors two and three. We were aiming to put both cars into the top ten today and that's really where I should be. Very disappointing given my home event but there is still a race distance to undertake tomorrow and let's see what can be salvaged from this."
Best time: 1:13.851
Best time: 1:15.317
Chassis : R4-02