The revised Hockenheim circuit proved too much for Jaguar Racing today as both Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa suffered, albeit in different ways. Eddie and Pedro started the German Grand Prix from 15th and 20th places respectively and before...
The revised Hockenheim circuit proved too much for Jaguar Racing today as both Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa suffered, albeit in different ways. Eddie and Pedro started the German Grand Prix from 15th and 20th places respectively and before the end of the first lap, Pedro was forced to retire with a transmission problem. Eddie, however, suffered with traction control problems and spun twice in a race that saw a total of twelve retirements. Eddie's two spins forced him to re-join the race towards the back of the running order, but it was all in vain. On lap 57, he suffered from a brake fluid leak and retired in the garage.
Niki Lauda - CEO and Team Principal
"A very hot and challenging Hockenheim proved too much today for over half the field and unfortunately, we were on the receiving end too. We are not quite sure what caused Pedro's transmission issue but it appears that he lost all drive on the back straight while in seventh gear. Eddie, however, was let down by his traction control system that developed a problem on lap 6 and in the end Eddie was chasing a race that was too far ahead of him."
"His traction control problem then forced him into another spin on lap 13 and once you fall to the back of the race, it is impossible to compensate for this. Eddie did his level best to push but a brake problem put paid to his race on lap 57. We are disappointed, yes, and finding the reasons behind these issues is our immediate priority now. We have made some good progress with this car and we cannot allow reliability issues to cloud the reality. We looked better than the reality in France and conversely, we have made ourselves look worse than the reality here in Germany."
"That was a very difficult race which saw me suffer problem after problem. I got off to a pretty good start and after 6 laps, found myself behind Jenson Button who was obviously suffering from a problem. As I went to pass him, I buried the throttle and spun because of a failure with the traction control system. The spin forced me to re-join the race in 18th position but that wasn't the end of it. On lap 13, I suffered the same fate again and decided to switch the traction control off altogether."
"In addition to this, I was suffering from a general grip problem that seems to have plagued many drivers today. I like the revised layout of the Hockenheim circuit but the grip level has been poor all weekend. Nonetheless, I kept pushing and in the end, I was forced to retire with a brake problem on lap 57."
Pedro de la Rosa
"Given that my race ended before the second lap of the race started, I have very little to say! I made a reasonable start and as I came out of turn two into the back straight, there was no drive in seventh gear. There was simply no option but to call it a day and given that I took the harder tyre option, it would have been very interesting to have raced today. It's even more disappointing given that only nine cars finished the race."
Best time: 1:18.859
Pedro de la Rosa