French GP: Jaguar preview

Jaguar Racing travels directly to Magny Cours (France) this week after finishing a rewarding sixth and earning three more Championship points at the Grand Prix of Europe last weekend. With back-to-back races the team has no time to return to the...

Jaguar Racing travels directly to Magny Cours (France) this week after finishing a rewarding sixth and earning three more Championship points at the Grand Prix of Europe last weekend. With back-to-back races the team has no time to return to the UK, although both drivers have returned home to relax and prepare for the tenth round of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

With improved reliability and strengthening competitiveness the R4 is gearing up to challenge for more points this weekend. With only four points separating 5th and 8th position the team are out to make the most of the next round.

David Pitchforth - Managing Director:

"The team has been working at full throttle over the last few months and it is very encouraging to start having the R4 potential realised. Our three points from the Nurburgring were well deserved and we are certainly on the prowl for some more points in the next round at Magny Cours."

"As with back-to-back races the team have had a very quick turn around with the majority going direct to France, and some of the engineers returning back to the factory to work on data and strategy. Both of the drivers are pleased with our progress and I know that they are positive about the second half of the season. Reliability over the last couple of races has been good but we are continuing to work hard at the factory to try and maintain this."

"As always we will be making the most of the Friday morning testing with Michelin to ensure that we optimise the tyres available to us over the weekend. Cosworth continue to work closely with us and of course are encouraged by our consistency. We certainly go to Magny Cours positive and looking forward to getting back on the track."

Mark Webber:

"I am very pleased with the clear progress we are making with the R4 and to have finished sixth at the Nurburgring is great reward for both myself and the team, both at Jaguar Racing, Cosworth Racing and Pi Research. The reliability of the car has become more consistent and the pace is continuing to improve."

"The circuit at Magny Cours is one I enjoy, despite it being one of the quieter races on the calendar. I won there in 2001 with F3000 and finished eighth with Minardi in 2002, so one of my more rewarding tracks. I know that the mechanics have had little time to stop since the European Race and I leave on Wednesday for the circuit, so things are pretty hectic for us during these back-to-back races."

"The circuit itself is very smooth and they have changed the layout slightly so I am looking forward to testing this on Friday morning. With Magny Cours being Michelin's home race I am sure that their tyres will as always be competitive and with a good strategy we should be in a strong position to compete for some more points. The remainder of the season is all about making the most of what we have and continuing to battle for points with the rest of the midfield."

Antonio Pizzonia:

"I am aware that back-to-back races are difficult for the team as we cannot get the cars home to Milton Keynes to work on them, but as we had such a reliable car in the Nurburgring this should not give us any problems. In many ways it is great to get straight back into the car so we can continue with the positive work from last weekend. Magny Cours is a track I have been to twice in Formula 3000 and last year I finished fourth."

"It is not a circuit filled with character but the great thing is there is an overtaking possibility at the end of the long back straight. There is also a new corner that I know nothing about but I have been told this could perhaps be another place for overtaking. It is a slow and twisty circuit with some high-speed sections and is a place where you need maximum downforce."

"It is the home race for our tyre partner Michelin and, as is obvious from their recent results, they are working very hard and I am sure will come up with the right compound for the track's smooth circuit."

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