Italian GP: Jaguar race notes

Jaguar Racing leave Monza today having added another two championship points to their tally thanks to the determined efforts of Mark Webber who finished in 7th place. Justin Wilson's race, however, went against him yet again after a transmission...

Jaguar Racing leave Monza today having added another two championship points to their tally thanks to the determined efforts of Mark Webber who finished in 7th place. Justin Wilson's race, however, went against him yet again after a transmission issue forced him into retirement after a problem on the grid before the race started. With the BAR-Honda of Jacques Villeneuve finishing ahead of Mark in 6th place, Jaguar Racing now resides in 6th place in the Constructor's Championship -- one point behind BAR-Honda and three points ahead of Toyota.

Dr Mark Gillan -- Head of Vehicle Performance:

"A very tough weekend but the net effect is positive. Justin's retirement from the beginning of the race was down to a first-gear selection problem and he had to start the race with second gear. Once the race got underway, we realised the problem was terminal and decided to call him into the garage. We are extremely disappointed for Justin and naturally very frustrated with not having given him reliable machinery for the last three races."

"Mark, however, drove yet another storming race. While we know the pace of the R4 could have been better around this circuit, the fact that Mark finished with two championship points is testimony to his determined approach and reliability of his race package, particularly the engine and brakes which are under considerable pressure at this circuit. He made an excellent start but lost some time today by pulling over for the race leaders who were lapping him."

"We are delighted and fortunate to have come away with another two championship points but we have an awful lot of preparation work ahead of us if we are to seriously challenge for fifth place. The Cosworth engine performed very well today as did the Michelin tyres and we now head for Indianapolis looking to add more to the tally."

Mark Webber:

"We had a tough test here last week and a challenging build-up to the race this weekend. Monza has not been our most competitive performance of the season and if someone had told me before the race began that I would finish in 7th place with two championship points, it would have been hard to believe."

"It was an eventful race that began by me making a mistake! As I came out of the first chicane besides the BMW WilliamsF1 of Marc Gene, the back end of the car stepped out and I realised that I had forgotten to turn the traction control back on. I managed to programme the system after the second chicane and than settled down into the rhythm of the race. To have salvaged two points from what was a tough weekend for us is a big, big result -- especially in light of Villeneuve's 6th place."

"We had to compromise on straight-line speed to look after the tyres and while I did suffer from understeer and some blistering, the end result is extremely pleasing for everyone in the team. Unlike Justin who unfortunately retired, my car was reliable today and the balance was very good. With two races to go and fifth place still beckoning, the battle is far from finished."

Justin Wilson:

"During the formation lap, I experienced a problem in engaging first gear. With no time available to address the problem, I had no choice but to start the race in second gear. As we have long gears for Monza, I didn't even make it off the line when the red lights went out. It has been a tough weekend all round but as Mark demonstrated again today, making it to the chequered flag is where the points reward is."

"I am, therefore, very disappointed not to have finished my third consecutive race for Jaguar and with only two races left now, I am naturally hoping to see a race distance. The team have worked incredibly hard all weekend and to have a suffered a retirement before the first lap is extremely unfortunate for all concerned. We are, however, one point behind BAR-Honda and we will simply have to pick ourselves up and aim for reliability at the U.S. Grand Prix in two weeks from now."

Mark Webber
Position: 7th
Best time: 1:23.778
Chassis: R4-03
T-Car: R4-04

Justin Wilson
Position: DNF
Chassis: R4-05

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Jacques Villeneuve , Justin Wilson , Marc Gene
Teams Williams , Jaguar Racing