Despite the three-week holiday period since the last race in Hockenheim, (Germany) Jaguar Racing has continued to work on the development of the R4 and simultaneously the 2004 contender - the Jaguar R5. The team travels this week to Budapest ...
Despite the three-week holiday period since the last race in Hockenheim, (Germany) Jaguar Racing has continued to work on the development of the R4 and simultaneously the 2004 contender - the Jaguar R5. The team travels this week to Budapest (Hungary) to compete in the thirteenth round of the Formula One World Championship to be hosted at the Hungaroring. With the current testing ban and only a 50-km straight-line shakedown completed since the last race, the team is keen to undertake a full run on Friday during the free two-hour testing session.
David Pitchforth - Managing Director:
"We have all managed a few days holiday but even at this late stage in the season we are extremely busy on the continued development of the R4 and of course we are now also hard at work on its successor the R5. The factory over the last three weeks has continued to work on the R4 in an attempt to maintain the reliability that we have witnessed in recent races. We have a tough fight on our hands in the midfield and there is still so much left to play for. Despite the testing ban, we have been working with our partners Michelin, as well as Cosworth Racing and Pi Research to ensure that the R4 is working at an optimum over the remainder of the season."
"Both drivers are also keen to extract the best from the car and I know that they have been working very hard on their fitness over the holiday period. We are all looking forward to getting out on track on Friday to see what we can do. Justin completed a 50-km shakedown at Santa Pod (UK) on Monday and he has settled into his role here very well. Unlike Germany where Justin became the victim of the first corner accident and Mark came off on the last lap, we are all very much hoping to see both Jaguars finish the race this weekend."
"The Hungaroring requires a lot of downforce on the car and I am confident that we have this. The circuit has numerous slow corners and obviously in the past it has been difficult to overtake. However, having said that, I understand that they have made a few changes in the last year and I am certainly looking forward to walking round the track on Thursday and seeing how these changes affect the driving line. After the holiday break I am desperate to get back behind the wheel and to push for some more points given that we only have four races left now. The team has been working really hard over the break and I would like to reward them with a few more points this coming weekend. It will, however, be very tough."
"Hungary is one of the circuits most familiar to me on the F1 calendar, having been fortunate enough to race here for three years with F3000. I managed two podium finishes including a win so it's a circuit I have enjoyed racing at and one that I am looking forward to competing on in the Jaguar R4. The three-week break has lasted an eternity and I am desperate to get back into it. I have spent the break training and so am looking forward to feeling the benefits at the circuit where hot dusty weather is the norm and you are stretched physically."
"I am interested to see how the track changes affect the flow of the circuit and until Friday morning I am not too sure what to expect. I do know, however, that the team has been hard at work despite the holidays and we are all keen to see what we can achieve over the weekend. I am certainly more comfortable with the R4 now and this was helped by a 50-km shakedown that I undertook at Santa Pod on Monday. The car feels good and the pace is there. We now need to translate that into more points and close the gap between ourselves and immediate competition."