German GP: Jaguar Friday qualifying notes

Jaguar newcomer Justin Wilson put in an impressive debut today by qualifying in 7th place as provisional qualifying got underway at Hockenheim in Germany. Team mate Mark Webber, however, went one better and put his Jaguar R4 in an impressive 4th...

Jaguar newcomer Justin Wilson put in an impressive debut today by qualifying in 7th place as provisional qualifying got underway at Hockenheim in Germany. Team mate Mark Webber, however, went one better and put his Jaguar R4 in an impressive 4th place - ensuring that both Jaguar's out qualified the Ferraris at Michael Schumacher's home race.

Both drivers covered near race distances this morning during the Free Testing and Free Practice sessions and found set-ups that took full advantage of the Jaguar R4's balance and downforce around the 4.489km Hockenheim circuit. It was Justin's first full test in the Jaguar R4 after completing a very brief 50km shakedown test at Silverstone last Monday. Both drivers ran the sessions with the same set-up and the team is very pleased at how quickly Justin has settled in.

Dr Mark Gillan - Head of Vehicle Performance:

"A great start to our German Grand Prix weekend. We've had a very productive morning here with both drivers taking full advantage of the two-hour test followed by the one-hour Free Practice session. We covered everything from tyre comparisons, balance, set-up and Mark also put some mileage onto the T-car. We have been working very closely with Michelin to better understand our issues from Silverstone and so far, we are very satisfied with how the Jaguar R4 is performing, albeit we won't really know until we cover a race distance on Sunday.

Justin's first ever-qualifying session with Jaguar was simply superb. Given how little mileage he has covered in the car, everyone is delighted with his performance today. Mark set the benchmark with a stunning lap that put him in P4 - ahead of both Ferraris, McLarens and a Renault. That was a very good lap indeed, but put more pressure on Justin. When Justin's turn came, he handled it with both composure and focus and was rewarded with an excellent P7 spot for tomorrow's final shoot-out. A good all-round performance from the team, Michelin, Cosworth and Pi Electronics but a long way to go this weekend before we can begin getting too carried away. "

Mark Webber:

"I enjoyed that! The car felt very good and the balance works well on this circuit. I made a small mistake at Turn 6 and that prevented me from taking P3 from Jarno Trulli. It is impossible to do these one-lap qualifying shoot-outs and not make tiny errors along the way. One lap qualifying, however, is very enjoyable on low fuel. You are not hindered by the extra weight load in the car and it really allows you to take the car to its limits. It really is a great feeling. The team have done an excellent job in preparing the car today and it makes for a very positive start to what is always a long weekend of hard work and focus. With that in mind, we must wait until the outcome of tomorrow's qualifying session before we can begin making any predications about the race."

"It must be said that Justin has started off very well and has done a good job today. For me, however, it doesn't matter who is in the other car. My job is to keep pushing to the limit and help take the team forward. Jaguar has come a long way since last year and we will keep the momentum going through to Japan. There are still a lot of potential points on offer over the next five races."

Justin Wilson:

"That was awesome! It's very unusual to see yourself in P7 having out-qualified Michael Schumacher on what is my first full day on the job with Jaguar Racing. The car felt fantastic over that one flying lap and I must congratulate the team for the excellent preparation in the build up to that lap. I did feel the pressure, yes, but you've just got to go out there and do the best job you can. I was under enough pressure to begin with but when Mark Webber went out and recorded P4, it changed the goal posts completely. That was an excellent lap from Mark and given that I had only done two fast laps on low fuel before that session, I didn't think P7 was possible."

"I managed a clean lap and combined with the balance on the R4, the team has been rewarded with two cars in the top seven. A good start to the weekend I am doing my best to climb the steep learning curve ahead of me. The team, however, is making my life a lot easier and helping me in every area - both inside and outside the cockpit. We still have some work to undertake tomorrow morning and I'm sure there is still time left in the car to extract. The big test is tomorrow's session but suffice to say that I am very pleased with how my first weekend with Jaguar has begun."

Mark Webber
Position: 4th
Best time: 1:15.030
Chassis: R4-04
T-Car: R4-03

Justin Wilson
Position: 7th
Best time: 1:15.373
Chassis: R4-05

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Michael Schumacher , Mark Webber , Justin Wilson
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Jaguar Racing