Today's qualifying session at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve failed to provide the high temperatures preferred by Jaguar Racing, but nonetheless the team is pleased with its qualifying positions for tomorrow's race. Both Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la...
Today's qualifying session at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve failed to provide the high temperatures preferred by Jaguar Racing, but nonetheless the team is pleased with its qualifying positions for tomorrow's race. Both Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa ran the new Cosworth CR4-V10 engine that helped boost the team's qualifying positions to 14th and 16th places respectively. Both drivers, however, felt that their performances could have been improved upon and in Eddie's case, a gearbox oil pump problem kept him in the garage for most of the session. The problem was fixed and with fifteen minutes of the session remaining, Eddie completed only his second flying lap before the session ended. Rain showers compromised Pedro's fourth and final run.
Niki Lauda - CEO and Team Principal
"Eddie and Pedro both did well today to complete qualifying without getting themselves into any trouble on the track. Many drivers fell victim to the demanding nature of this circuit and had we not have suffered from minor technical troubles in the garage, I am sure we could have done even better when you consider how close the times are. Eddie's session was unfortunately compromised by a gearbox oil pump problem and as a precaution he jumped into the T-car while the issue was being addressed."
"The team did an excellent job of correcting the problem and even though he only completed two of his four flying laps, the end result is much more pleasing than we have generated over the past few races. Pedro was also looking on course to improve his time, but the rain showers at the end halted any chance he had. Nonetheless, we are satisfied with our qualifying positions and for the first time this season, we are starting a race from where we stand a chance of scoring points. Credit goes to Cosworth Racing for producing the new CR4 engine that has proved to be a step forward in terms of horsepower."
"My best qualifying position of the year and without doubt, a step in the right direction for the whole team. The new and improved Cosworth engine has helped us here and combined with the good set-up work, we have been rewarded with qualifying positions that allow us with a chance of scraping for points tomorrow. Michael Schumacher held me up on my first run, but my second run was clean."
"I lost most of the session while the team addressed the gearbox oil pump issue and because of this, I missed out on two flying laps which would probably have taken me a little further up the grid. Given the pressure at the time, the team did an excellent job of getting me back out before the end of the session and let's now hope we can make something of this tomorrow."
Pedro de la Rosa
"A good, all-round improvement and I am very pleased for the whole team. The new Cosworth CR4 engine helped make our lives easier today and with the added horsepower, our performance improved, particularly on the two long straights at this circuit. Apart from the rain at the end of the session, I suffered no problems during any of my laps and if we can stay clear of trouble tomorrow, we have a chance to reward ourselves."
"This circuit is very tough on cars and combined with the notorious first corner, it's quite a challenge to cross the finishing line intact. Nonetheless, we are in reasonably good shape and I am looking forward to the challenge that tomorrow brings."
Best time: 1:14.882
Chassis: R3-05 T-Car: R3-01
Pedro de la Rosa
Best time: 1:15.089