What began as a difficult weekend for Jaguar Racing got no easier as the Hungarian Grand Prix got underway this afternoon at the hot and humid Hungaroring. The race began under a sweltering track temperature of 30 degrees celsius and began well...
What began as a difficult weekend for Jaguar Racing got no easier as the Hungarian Grand Prix got underway this afternoon at the hot and humid Hungaroring. The race began under a sweltering track temperature of 30 degrees celsius and began well for Jaguar Racing drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Eddie Irvine who started the race in 15th and 16th positions respectively. Eddie made an excellent start and had climbed up to 13th place by the end of the first lap. Eddie's race, however, was short-lived and on lap 24 he was forced to retire after a misfire problem on his Jaguar R3. Pedro drove a determined race and crossed the finishing line in 14th place.
Niki Lauda CEO and Team Principal
"Not the best weekend for many reasons and our package has struggled here. We carried out some work last night that helped the balance of both cars and in Eddie's case, the handling issues he experienced yesterday were much improved. Nonetheless, this is one circuit where you either qualify very well or face the consequences of not being able to overtake much. Eddie took full advantage of the first lap but after that, it becomes very tough to pass cars."
"As always, qualifying well is the key to a points-scoring position in the race and our on-going development is pushing relentlessly towards achieving this. It takes time in this business to generate significant improvements and we cannot expect to overturn the situation in a matter of weeks. We started the season with a bad car and there are only so many corrective measures you can take. Our main objective, however, is to learn exactly where the mistakes have been made in an effort to avoid passing the problem onto next year's car."
Pedro de la Rosa
"That was probably the most boring race I have ever driven! Despite being significantly quicker than some of the cars in front of me, there is just no way of getting around them at this circuit. The car felt OK and I suffered from no tyre problems. It's encouraging to finish a race, yes, but we need to get closer to the points fight and given the vast difference in the circuits we have left on the calendar, we will do everything in our power to boost our somewhat poor points tally."
"It was a real shame to have retired in that manner, especially since the car felt so improved. I have had a terrible weekend here in Hungary and the car hadn't been to my liking until I began the installation lap just before the start of the race. That's when I remember thinking how improved it felt and I was actually looking forward to the race."
"The team did a fair deal of work on the set-up and balance after the somewhat difficult qualifying session and their work certainly made a big difference to how the car was behaving. The acceleration from the start line was excellent and I passed three cars before the end of the first lap. The problem, however, came on lap 18 when I reported a misfire to the team. There is very little you can do under those circumstances and I had little choice but to retire on lap 24."
Pedro de la Rosa
Best time: 1:19.646
Best time: 1:18.889