Malaysian Grand Prix - Free Practice Sepang, Kuala Lumpur - Friday, March 15th, 2002 A hot and humid environment greeted the Jaguar Racing team at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia for the second round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Malaysian Grand Prix - Free Practice
Sepang, Kuala Lumpur - Friday, March 15th, 2002
A hot and humid environment greeted the Jaguar Racing team at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia for the second round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship. Drivers Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa used today's two one-hour long Free Practice sessions as an opportunity to put the Jaguar R3 through a series of tests to help the team towards a decision as to whether or not it brings the R2 out for future races.
Building on the race data gained from bringing two cars to the finish in the Australian GP a fortnight ago, the Jaguar Racing team again acquired a lot of useful information from the track today. Both Irvine and de la Rosa worked through a set programme and tried a combination of minor car modifications, involving the suspension uprights, barge boards and a revised under-tray.
Early in the day the fast, twisting 3.44 mile circuit was very slippery, and many drivers went off. But once the cars had begun to clean the track and lay rubber on the surface, the lap times fell. Pedro de la Rosa finished the day 12th fastest overall, though the Spaniard pulled off the track with a mechanical problem right at the end of the second session. Eddie Irvine was 20th overall.
Niki Lauda, Team Principal
"Unlike most Friday Free Practice sessions, we didn't spend any time working on tyres today. Instead, we have effectively used the opportunity as a conventional test session. There is still a lot we don't know about this car and our aim today was to generate information. The track didn't lend itself too well to this during the first session because of a lack of grip. Nonetheless, it got better and better and we have moved a step closer to our target of understanding the package. We will continue with our programme tomorrow and combined with a three-day test next week in Barcelona, we will make a decision very soon on whether we re-deploy the R2 for a few races."
Pedro de la Rosa
"There isn't really too much to say at this stage. We worked through a test programme of revised parts and we'll now analyse the data in an effort to prepare for tomorrow's qualifying session. This is a good track on which to understand the car, particularly as the weather conditions are so hot. In other words, it offers a very good preparation platform for the forthcoming races in Brazil, Imola and Barcelona. It's a tough track and the car's handling issues are being exposed here more than Melbourne. The car got better between the two sessions, but we still have a fairly long job list to get through before qualifying."
"A tough start to what we knew was going to be a very tough weekend! Given that we couldn't do any work on the cars between here and Melbourne, we are obviously handicapped by the same problem of downforce deficiency. We have a similar test plan for tomorrow's warm-up sessions and once qualifying is over, we'll be far better placed to draw conclusions about the various revisions we've made to the package, albeit minor ones."
Pedro de la Rosa
Best time: 1.40.147
Best time: 1.41.857
Weather: Dry/hazy sun
Air temperature 31-34 degrees; Track temperature 35-41 degrees