Although the race did not result in a points finish for Jaguar Racing, the team was again encouraged by the performance of its R2s which showed a good race pace. Pedro de la Rosa had chosen to run a long one-stop fuel strategy but unfortunately he...
Although the race did not result in a points finish for Jaguar Racing, the team was again encouraged by the performance of its R2s which showed a good race pace. Pedro de la Rosa had chosen to run a long one-stop fuel strategy but unfortunately he was not able to take on any fuel due to a rig malfunction. He was therefore forced to come in on the following lap to take on fuel and drove an otherwise uneventful race to finish 12th. After dropping two places at the start, Eddie Irvine drove a hard race recordi ng some of the race's fastest lap times on the way but was ultimately unable to challenge for points and finished in 9th position.
"I drove a reasonably good race today. I didn't start too well and lost a couple of places into the first corner. I held onto P15 because of the Trulli and Panis retirements at the first corner. I was carrying a lot of fuel at the beginning and it wasn't easy getting past people. Once the Benettons pulled in and I past Pedro, my race then began. Without sounding like a stuck record, we have been reminded again of the importance of qualifying better, but my whole race weekend was made more difficult by not testing here at the last test. Our car is constantly in a state of development and testing hours are crucial towards understanding the way forward. We hadn't tested this new aero package until Friday's Free Practice and I hope to have a much better understanding of its strengths next week at the Monza test."
Pedro de la Rosa
"That was a very boring race from my perspective because I had to pit twice when we had actually decided to go for a long one-stop strategy. There was a problem with the fuel rig during delivery and I had no choice but to come back in again. This cost me a lot of time and I was making up the numbers after that. I don't really have too much to say in addition to what we've already said since Magny-Cours -- we need to qualify better and we are working hard towards achieving that."
Bobby Rahal, CEO
"Our British Grand Prix weekend went almost exactly how we had predicted in terms of race results, but we leave Silverstone encouraged with the new aero package which was tried here for the first time. The team will now focus its efforts into optimising the package before the German Grand Prix but Eddie and Pedro couldn't have done any better today. They both drove well and unfortunately Pedro's life was made all the more difficult by a fuel rig problem which meant he stopped twice instead of once as planned. Eddie's lap times highlight the pace at which we can race and it's crucial that we translate this into a consistent performance over the course of a weekend and not just race day."