After two days of wet weather, the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal produced dry conditions for the second phase of qualifying this afternoon. Having taken full advantage of the dry two-hour free testing session yesterday, Jaguar Racing...
After two days of wet weather, the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal produced dry conditions for the second phase of qualifying this afternoon. Having taken full advantage of the dry two-hour free testing session yesterday, Jaguar Racing drivers Antonio Pizzonia and Mark Webber were well prepared as they took to the circuit in 4th and 12th places respectively - and neither driver disappointed.
Both drivers delivered near perfect laps and taking race strategy into account, Antonio qualified in 13th place while Mark posted the 6th fastest time to start tomorrow's race from the third row of the grid alongside the Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello.
Dr Mark Gillan - Head of Vehicle Performance:
"It has been quite a difficult weekend up until now with Friday being the only opportunity to have done some dry testing in preparation for today and the race. We took full advantage of our two hours testing yesterday to prepare for what we thought would be a dry qualifying and hopefully a dry race. Outside of this, the rest of Friday and this morning were difficult because of how wet it was. Nonetheless, we achieved a lot yesterday on balance, wing settings and tyre comparisons and this work paid dividends today."
"Both drivers did an excellent job and the team's preparation deserves strong credit too. To be starting the race tomorrow alongside a Ferrari is very pleasing but our aim is to be reliable - something we have not demonstrated to the degree required. Reliability is not something you achieve overnight and we are working tirelessly to accelerate the process. After the retirement of both cars in Monaco, we changed several internal procedures in an effort to ensure reliability this weekend but it's a long-term and on-going process. Yet again we have proved the pace of the Jaguar R4 and it's now time to see whether our reliability goals will see us through to the end of the race and subsequently some championship points."
"I'm delighted to have secured P6 and I don't think there is anything more I could have done out there. That was about as perfect a lap as I could have hoped for and very pleasing given how difficult it is to get all the braking points right around this circuit. The dry track conditions have obviously helped us today and combined with the Michelin rubber, the car worked very well indeed. We changed quite a few things on the car from this morning to suit the dry conditions and combined with the thorough data we gathered yesterday from the two-hour test, the team's preparation has been nothing short of impressive."
"This is a very challenging circuit and renowned as a 'car breaker' - particularly on the brakes - and our goal is simply to cross the finishing line. The team has come an awful long way in a very short space of time and our immediate challenge is to realise the full potential of this race package through reliability. We are very well placed to make a points challenge tomorrow but this will be dictated mainly through reliability. The guys haven't stopped working since our unfortunate and premature Monaco exit and let's hope we can repay their hard work with some points tomorrow."
"I am pleased with my lap time, albeit I lost a couple of tenths through understeer at the first corner. As one of the first guys out, you don't take full advantage of rubber being laid onto the track but that's the way it goes. Given the strategy I am on for tomorrow's race, my overall performance today is pleasing and I am looking forward to racing around this circuit tomorrow."
"It is fast, with tricky braking points and very little room for mistakes. Having never raced here before, I have to say that I enjoy the track and assuming we have reliability on our side tomorrow, we are well prepared and well placed to put on a competitive show. The weather, however, remains unpredictable and in the end, that will be the deciding factor for the race outcome tomorrow."
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