Japanese GP: Jaguar Friday test notes

Jaguar Racing completed the first on-track stage of its preparations for the Japanese Grand Prix, with their two hour test session this morning where Mark Webber and Justin Wilson set the fifth and seventh quickest times respectively. "It went...

Jaguar Racing completed the first on-track stage of its preparations for the Japanese Grand Prix, with their two hour test session this morning where Mark Webber and Justin Wilson set the fifth and seventh quickest times respectively.

"It went quite well," summarised vehicle dynamics boss Mark Gillan. "We were concentrating on long race runs so I don't think you're necessarily seeing parity on fuel levels between our cars and some of the others. We just stuck to our own programme, assessing the tyre choice and getting a feeling for the degradation and speed of each type.

"Mark ran the T-car for quite some time, just to get a feel for it in case it is needed at any stage in the weekend; it's all just standard preparation stuff. The revised track layout seems quite a bit quicker but not to the extent that it requires a fundamental rethink on set up. The pit lane seems extra bumpy this year and quite a few drivers were locking up and overshooting their marks so that's something we need to be wary of."

The Renaults of Allan McNish, Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli occupied the top three slots whilst Japan's Satoshi Motoyama finished eighth quickest on his debut for Jordan.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Mark Webber , Justin Wilson , Allan McNish , Fernando Alonso , Satoshi Motoyama
Teams Jaguar Racing , Jordan