European GP: Jaguar Saturday qualifying notes

Qualifying at the Nurburgring went as expected for Jaguar Racing with drivers Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia qualifying in 11th and 16th positions respectively. The team has spent most of the weekend optimising the race set-up of the Jaguar R4...

Qualifying at the Nurburgring went as expected for Jaguar Racing with drivers Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia qualifying in 11th and 16th positions respectively. The team has spent most of the weekend optimising the race set-up of the Jaguar R4 and combined with what the team hopes if a dry race tomorrow, the race package and tyre combination is expected to hold the team in good stead.

Antonio was the first of the two drivers to hit the track today in 3rd place while Mark followed six places later in 9th. The track has remained dry all day and while Antonio suffered from understeer difficulties during qualifying, both drivers remain pleased about the car's balance and performance around the revised Nurburgring race track.

Dr Mark Gillan - Head of Vehicle Performance:

"A pleasing day which ended-up with pleasing qualifying performances from both drivers given their respective strategies for tomorrow. We have done nothing apart from focus completely on race set-up and race strategy and from that perspective, we are well prepared. Both drivers have done a good job so far this weekend, with their lap times getting better and better on each outing."

"Tyre performance will play a big part in tomorrow's race and we have adopted a strategy that we believe will work well for us tomorrow. We have suffered no issues with the car all weekend and as long as we have reliability on our side tomorrow, we should be capable of a points challenge."

Mark Webber:

"I am pleased with what was a fairly tidy lap. I braked a little too deep going into Turn 4 and that forced me to go a little wide on the outside of the corner. That said we are very pleased to have ended up in P11 given the focus that we have been putting onto the race for tomorrow. We've had to compromise a higher qualification position for this but everything looks good for tomorrow providing we have a hot race."

"The balance of the car is very good and Michelin have again proved their worth - something they have been doing since Melbourne. They certainly have the upper hand in the tyre war right now and let's hope we can put all this to good use tomorrow."

Antonio Pizzonia:

"Not the best I could have done but we have a good race car for tomorrow. I struggled a little this morning in trying to find a good set-up for the car and that is frustrating given how well we went in the dry yesterday. The balance of the car on scrubbed tyres is good and this will bode well for tomorrow but over one fast lap, it got difficult to handle in places."

"It would have nice to have been higher up the order today but finding a good set-up on new tyres was difficult this morning. Our biggest enemy tomorrow will be the rain and as long as it stays dry, I can make an impact on the race for sure."

Mark Webber
Position: 11th
Best time: 1:33.066
Chassis: R4-04

Antonio Pizzonia
Position: 16th
Best time: 1:34.159
Chassis: R4-05
T-Car: R4-03

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Mark Webber
Teams Jaguar Racing