This week sees the Jaguar Racing team travel directly to Hockenheim to contest the 12th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship. Hockenheim's re-developed circuit boasts nearly a 50% change in lay-out and Friday's free practice will be the...
This week sees the Jaguar Racing team travel directly to Hockenheim to contest the 12th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship. Hockenheim's re-developed circuit boasts nearly a 50% change in lay-out and Friday's free practice will be the first opportunity for both drivers and race teams to understand the changes and work on set-up. After a disappointing race for Jaguar Racing here in 2001, where both drivers were forced to retire, Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa will be looking to build on their experience with the R3 from Magny-Cours which saw both drivers working well with the R3 set-up.
A reduced Hockenheim circuit length from 4.239 to 2.842 miles is likely to see lap times decrease significantly this weekend. Changing weather conditions typical to the area will no doubt provide the drivers with a challenging race in addition to entertaining the ever-committed F1 fans. Jaguar Racing is looking forward to the weekend's race at Hockenheim that will provide a further opportunity to understand and develop the recently revised R3 aerodynamic package.
Niki Lauda -- CEO and Team Principal
"They have changed the circuit for this year's Hockenheim race and despite the fact that I won here in 1977 there will be little left that I will be familiar with. Only when we arrive and the drivers have completed Friday's Free Practice will we know how the R3 package is going to work here. The team has gone straight from the French Grand Prix and will be using the lessons learned last weekend and applying them to Hockenheim. High temperatures would be good for the race, although the rain here can come from no where so our tyre strategy will play an important part in the weekend. The R3 suffered less under-steer in Magny-Cours and was better balanced, both encouraging signs for the weekend."
"Hockenheim is a circuit I enjoy racing at because I won here in 1999. They have changed the circuit in time for this year's race and the new track should be a challenge to drive. It used to be a very fast race and I hope that some of that remains. After our performance at Magny-Cours where I was more comfortable with the R3 then ever before I am looking forward to racing this weekend. Certainly the car is feeling better balanced and there is less under-steer. If the weather remains dry it would be to our advantage, certainly we prefer the higher temperatures and Magny-Cours provided that, but at Hockenheim it has been known to rain quite heavily without warning. Our aim this weekend will be to learn more about our R3 aero package and what further needs to be done to progress.
Pedro de la Rosa
"This is going to be a new circuit for everyone which could make this race very exciting. I am not sure of exactly what the circuit is going to offer us, however, as I really enjoyed the old circuit with its particular character, I can only hope that the new one lives up to its predecessor. After the unpredictable frustration of qualifying in Magny-Cours I will be looking to qualify higher at this circuit. Again, only after Free Practice am I going to understand our chances as nearly 50% of the track layout has been re-developed. It should remain one of the fastest tracks on the calendar though and with that will come the usual incidents. Last year the retirement rate was just over 50%! No doubt a few more cars will be hoping to see the finishing line this time around and I will certainly be looking for the chequered flag after the encouraging steps made last weekend in France."