European GP: Jaguar Saturday notes

Today's qualifying session at the Nurburgring was contested in dry conditions and provided the spectators with an exciting show as the fight for pole position was challenged several times in the dying minutes of the qualifying hour. Jaguar Racing...

Today's qualifying session at the Nurburgring was contested in dry conditions and provided the spectators with an exciting show as the fight for pole position was challenged several times in the dying minutes of the qualifying hour. Jaguar Racing drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Eddie Irvine finished the session in 16th and 17th places respectively, but Pedro's effort was compromised with problems on his car. For two of his four qualifying runs, Pedro had to revert to the spare car while his race car was being fixed. With unpredictable weather conditions being a hallmark of this circuit, tomorrow's race will undoubtedly be a challenge for all concerned and crossing the finishing line is Jaguar Racing's target.

Niki Lauda CEO and Team Principal

"A better result for us today than I had anticipated, particularly in Pedro's case. He began the qualifying session with the T-car while the mechanics addressed problems on his race car which had manifested themselves during the morning warm-up sessions. First he suffered from a gearbox hydraulic pump failure and then an oil leak led to a small fire. It was quite a big job for the team to turnaround in time for qualifying and Pedro had no choice but to take the T-car. Midway through the session, Pedro's race car was ready and given that he had only done five timed laps in it all morning, he did very well indeed to have posted that qualifying time. A tough race beckons, but we came here expecting a difficult weekend. Let's see what surprises tomorrow's race throws-up and whether we are well-placed or not to take advantage of any situations that may arise, particularly at the beginning through the revised first corner layout."

Pedro de la Rosa

"That was much better than I expected. I had done only five timed laps because of the problems we suffered on my race car. The team did an excellent job of correcting it in time and their hard work paid off. My race car felt better balanced and it allowed me to move up the timesheets. I was held-up, however, on my last run by a Renault that certainly cost me a couple of tenths."

"Given that South Korea had knocked my home country Spain out of the World Cup a few moments before qualifying, I couldn't believe it when a Renault sponsored by a Korean company blocked my charge at the end. If you're Spanish, there's no getting away from the Koreans today! Tomorrow's race will throw up the usual uncertainties and our aim will be to keep out of trouble and bring the cars home. After a race distance here, you never know what rewards might come your way from finishing."

Eddie Irvine

"That's pretty much where I expected to be today. I picked-up a fair deal of understeer during the session and found it difficult to get onto the power in some places. My exit speeds out of corners are not very good and that's indicative of this problem. This is one circuit where you cannot afford to suffer from understeer problems and combined with the aerodynamic issues on this car, a difficult qualifying session was always on the cards. Nonetheless, we will focus hard on strategy for tomorrow's race to see what we can salvage from what is always an unpredictable event."


Pedro de la Rosa Position: 16th
Best time: 1:32.281
T-Car: R3-06


Eddie Irvine Position: 17th
Best time: 1:32.510
Chassis: R3-05

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Pedro de la Rosa , Niki Lauda
Teams Jaguar Racing