The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was today blessed with higher than expected temperatures ensuring that the track got better and better over the two Free Practice sessions. As always, Jaguar Racing used the two hour-long sessions to work on set-up...
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was today blessed with higher than expected temperatures ensuring that the track got better and better over the two Free Practice sessions. As always, Jaguar Racing used the two hour-long sessions to work on set-up and evaluate tyre compounds for Sunday s race. Pedro de la Rosa and Eddie Irvine reported no problems with the car and finished the day in 11th and 17th positions respectively.
Niki Lauda CEO and Team Principal
"I am reasonably pleased with today s free practice sessions. The relatively higher temperature here suits our set-up with the Michelin tyres. We ran through our checklist for the weekend and at this stage, everything is as well as can be expected. This track can often throw difficulties at you with the tight chicanes applying more pressure on the brakes than normal. Remaining reliable will be the key focus for us during the weekend and as has been proved so many times here, crossing the finishing line generates rewards in terms of points. Far from an easy task, but certainly not impossible as Pedro proved last year".
Pedro de la Rosa
"I'm quite pleased with today's programme, particularly the tyre evaluation. We did some long runs with heavy fuel loads to check brake wear and tyre blistering - none of which proved to be a problem. I am approaching this race with an open mind and as long as we have reliability on our side, there is always a chance to fight for points. With that in mind, we are doing everything we can to ensure that we have a capable and bullet-proof package in place for Sunday."
"A normal day in that we worked through our set-up options and concentrated on tyre choice for race day. The high track temperature allows us to extract more from the package here than at some other circuits we have raced at this season. The Michelin tyres are working very well and Sunday's race should prove to be quite an interesting spectacle. We have made small gains here with some set-up options that we are trying and we'll continue to work on these tomorrow morning before qualifying. Nonetheless, the Friday Practice times are never worth reading into too much and while our weekend has started well, the real test is yet to come."
Pedro de la Rosa
Best time: 1:16.801
Best time: 1:17.765