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Grand Prix of Europe 22th, 23th, 24th May After having scored points consecutively in Monaco and Canada, Jaguar Racing heads to the Nurburgring in Germany for the Grand Prix of Europe. This progressive, modern circuit, with its large forgiving...

Grand Prix of Europe
22th, 23th, 24th May

After having scored points consecutively in Monaco and Canada, Jaguar Racing heads to the Nurburgring in Germany for the Grand Prix of Europe. This progressive, modern circuit, with its large forgiving run-off areas, lies in the shadows of the infamous Nor dschleife circuit, which twists through some 30km/17m of the Eifel forests. The contrasts between the two are stark, with the modern day 'Ring' clinical and with excellent facilities for both team personnel and fans.

Bobby Rahal - Chief Executive Officer and Team Principal.

"We have been working relentlessly on all fronts in an effort to optimise our relatively new aero package. We could certainly have done a better job for qualifying in Canada and we now know the reasons for this. We did, however, instigate a good race strat egy that allowed Pedro to come home in 6th place with a point. Eddie was the victim of his own commitment when he tried to overtake Heidfield and took himself out in the process. When you're in 15th place on the grid you have little choice but to go for it and that's exactly what he did, albeit unsuccessfully this time. I suppose this is also a good opportunity to sign-off the Adrian Newey saga once and for all. Let's close this chapter here and now by saying that Adrian was just an addition, value added, n ot an exchange for anybody at Jaguar Racing. The guys know that I am very pleased with what's going on with our aerodynamics and that what we are doing is beginning to bear fruit. People must not forget what we said at the beginning of the season in that this is our year of consolidation and getting the house in order. This is exactly what we are doing and while I admit to having some way to go, people must also appreciate that we are only just half way through the season. Our partnership with Michelin is reaping rewards and combined with our on-going development on aerodynamics, we're now better placed than ever to challenge our rivals at the front of the midfield."

Eddie Irvine

"Having missed last week's test at Silverstone because of a slight neck injury, I'm keen to get back behind the wheel at the Nurburgring. Actually, if I had to miss a test than that was probably the one to chose. It's a short test day at Silverstone and th ere are usually more red flags than anywhere else as well, so it's not as though you can get much done. I like the Nurburgring. I started from the front row in 1998 and have got a couple of fourth place finishes, as well as a fifth and a sixth. It's quite a difficult track as far as setting up the car is concerned, bumpy in parts, with a tricky downhill run and several changes of gradient and quite narrow. That can make for problems at the start as the first corner is like a bottleneck and keeping out of tr ouble is your main priority. Overtaking is not that easy because you suffer if you move off the racing line and you really need the car in front to make a mistake. This will be the first time we have raced here in the middle of summer, so hopefully we can get through the weekend without any rain for once."

Pedro de la Rosa

"There's no restbite in business. We went from Canada straight into a three-day test at Silvertstone with a job list covering tyre evaluation, aerodynamic work and set-up. It was a productive programme and should allow us to make further gains for this rac e although the gains will be marginal as opposed to significant. If it was easy to make big aerodynamic gains, everybody would be fighting for P1 and our job is made even harder by having a windtunnel in California -- not for much longer though. I was obvio usly delighted with my sixth place in Montreal and it just goes to show how far we have come in a short space of time. The car felt well balanced and didn't cause me any problems during the race. We still lack the pace that we need to fight harder, but the aero guys couldn't be working any harder than they are right now."

<pre> EDDIE IRVINE Date of birth: 10 November 1965 Place of birth: Newtownards, NIR Marital Status: Single Lives: Dublin Height: 1.78m Weight: 70kg

Grand Prix Summary Starts: 120 Poles: 0 Wins: 4 Fastest Laps: 1 Podium Finishes:25 Points: 182

PEDRO de la ROSA Date of birth: 24 February 1971 Place of birth: Barcelona, Spain Marital Status: Single Lives: Barcelona Height: 1.77m Weight: 73kg

Grand Prix Summary Starts: 37 Poles: 0 Wins: 0 Fastest Laps: 0 Podium Finishes: 0 Points: 4

2000 Facts & Figures

Top Six Places Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1h 40min 00.307s Mika Hakkinen McLaren Mercedes 1h 53min 8.21s David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1 Lap Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1 Lap Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 1 Lap Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Asiatech 1 Lap

Pole Position David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1.17.529 min

Fastest Lap Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1.22.269 min

The 67 lap Grand Prix of Europe gets underway at 12:00 BST

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Giancarlo Fisichella , Pedro de la Rosa , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Bobby Rahal , Adrian Newey
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , McLaren , Benetton