Hungarian GP: Jaguar Saturday qualifying notes

Mark Webber put his Jaguar R4 on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix - the second time this season since Brazil and ahead of both McLarens and Ferraris. Mark will start tomorrow's race from 3rd place on the grid while...

Mark Webber put his Jaguar R4 on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix - the second time this season since Brazil and ahead of both McLarens and Ferraris. Mark will start tomorrow's race from 3rd place on the grid while new team-mate Justin Wilson starts from 12th place.

The team had a trouble-free morning working on set-up and race strategy. The Michelin-shod Jaguar R4 is performing well around the high-downforce Hungaroring and with the battle for fifth place in the constructors being so tight, both drivers will be aiming to get their Jaguar R4's into the points zone tomorrow with only four races left on the calendar.

Dr Mark Gillan - Head of Vehicle Performance:

"A good day all-round that has seen us suffer no reliability problems and some pleasing results in the form of 3rd and 12th place on the grid for tomorrow's Hungarian race. After a frustrating day yesterday we managed to achieve some good laps this morning that allowed us to work on our race strategy and balance. The qualifying pace of the car has been good for some time now but it was the race pace over the last couple of races that has let us down. I know that the team are working very hard to prepare the cars and it appears to have paid off today."

"Mark had a stunning lap and to be honest, there wasn't much left that he could have extracted. With Justin we made a few mechanical changes to the car just before qualifying and these again appeared to improve the car's performance. I know that Justin was slightly disappointed with his lap as he feels that there was more he could have taken from the package."

"With that said, we are pleased with where we are on the grid for tomorrow and of course we will be making the most of any opportunity to grab some points. Our aero package has improved dramatically since last year and coupled with the steps-forward taken by Michelin we are certainly more confident about the package that we have."

Mark Webber:

"I am very happy with that. It was a really nice lap and one that I enjoyed immensely. The track was getting a little quicker towards the end but nonetheless, that was a very clean lap. I knew going into the first corner that the lap had potential. The car felt very good under braking and as I went through turn two, I looked at my read-out on the steering wheel and saw that I was up on my quickest time from this morning. The team did an excellent job on the car and starting from 3rd on the grid is very important for us indeed given how closely fought the chase for the last few places in the championship is."

"The added bonus is that I am starting the race on the clean line and maintaining position into the first corner is the challenge. It will not be easy and nor will the race itself. The grid is certainly mixed-up with the championship fighters behind us and let's hope for a good race tomorrow which rewards us with some much-needed championship points."

Justin Wilson:

"My lap was an improvement on this morning and I am happy although it could have been better. There was more time in the car and I just needed more time to extract that. There is an awful lot to learn in what has been a short space of time with Jaguar but I am happy with progress to date. I am starting from the 6th row tomorrow and unlike Hockenheim, I want to avoid any dramas at the first corner and make it through to the end of the race. My mileage with the Jaguar is still very low and getting through a race distance tomorrow will be very valuable for the team and me. Anything above that will be a bonus."

Mark Webber
Position: 3rd
Best time: 1:22.027
Chassis: R4-03
T-Car: R4-04

Justin Wilson
Position: 12th
Best time: 1:23.660
Chassis: R4-05

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Justin Wilson
Teams Ferrari , McLaren