Hungarian GP: Jaguar Friday practice notes

Jaguar Racing drivers Mark Webber (27), Christian Klien (21) and Björn Wirdheim (24) were back on track today at the Hungaroring (Hungary) after the three-week break. All drivers were keen to get back into their cars and between them managed to...

Jaguar Racing drivers Mark Webber (27), Christian Klien (21) and Björn Wirdheim (24) were back on track today at the Hungaroring (Hungary) after the three-week break. All drivers were keen to get back into their cars and between them managed to total 123 laps during the two test sessions.

Mark lost a small amount of running time in his first session when his heat-shields contacted with the exhaust. This was amended by the team promptly, allowing Mark to return to the track by the end of the first session. The team are encouraged by the car's performance on track that allowed Mark, Christian and Bjorn to finish 11th, 20th and 13th respectively.

Mark Webber:

"Apart from a minor issue this morning with my heat shields, I have had a really good day. The car is feeling very well balanced around here and I am enjoying driving the car. I spent most of today working on tyres, and I am really pleased with the amount of laps that I completed and amount of data that was have gathered. Michelin have done a good job in preparing for this race and we are pleased with how the tyres are working with the R5. I am already looking forward to tomorrow".

Christian Klien:

"I don't know this track so well but I am doing my best to get up to speed as quickly as possible. In my first session I made a minor mistake going into corner nine and ended up in the gravel, not ideal, but there was no damage to the car. My second session was pretty good although I did lock heavily at one stage and this cost me some time. I am generally pleased though with my two sessions as I completed my programme and the car is feeling good, the balance in particular is working well for me. I am now focusing on tomorrow as I need to spend some more time on track ahead of qualifying."

Björn Wirdheim:

"I like this track and I feel very comfortable here. I had two really productive sessions today which have allowed me to compete 46-laps. I was spending my time focusing on tyre preparation and some engine endurance work. This worked really well and we have some good data to look at. I am pleased with my lap times here and hope that the team can continue with their point-scoring this weekend. The car is certainly performing well and is looking good on track".

Dr Mark Gillan -- Head of Vehicle Performance:

"Our sessions on track have been very productive today. All three drivers have managed to complete their programmes with only a couple of minor distractions. Mark's heat-shields were touching his exhaust so it created some smoke while he was on track. We pulled him in and fixed this without delay. He was then back out for the end of the session and going into his second session he did 33-laps. Again Bjorn and Christian had two good sessions and they both enjoyed being out on track with the R5."

"Christian went off track once and lost a little time in the second session when he locked heavily. All in all though, I am really pleased with how we have progressed today and the car is looking good on track. The balance is particularly good and we will be working on our tyre choice tonight after gathering a lot of data today. Our focus is now on tomorrow and of course race-set-up for Sunday".

Mark Webber
Position: 11th
Best time: 1:21.999
Chassis: R5-05

Christian Klien
Position: 20th
Best time: 1:23.003
Chassis: R5-01

Björn Wirdheim
Position: 13th
Best time: 1:22.559
Chassis: R5-02

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Bjorn Wirdheim , Christian Klien
Teams Jaguar Racing