An unusually uneventful start for the Monaco Grand Prix was soon superseded by the sort of action that has become synonymous with the circuit. Known for its high attrition rate, this year's race proved no different from those that have gone before.
An unusually uneventful start for the Monaco Grand Prix was soon superseded by the sort of action that has become synonymous with the circuit. Known for its high attrition rate, this year's race proved no different from those that have gone before. With only twelve cars completing the full 78 laps, it was rewarding for the Jaguar Racing team to have both drivers finish the race. After starting at the back of the grid, Eddie Irvine did a good job in bringing his Jaguar R3 home in 9th place, while Pedro de la Rosa was more than satisfied with his 10th place, his first finishing position at this circuit in four years.
Niki Lauda - CEO and Team Principal
"A good all round job by the team today. Our drivers did an excellent job today in what were undoubtedly difficult conditions. We encountered more traffic than we expected and it certainly went towards making our race strategy harder. Nonetheless, two Jaguars have crossed the finishing line at Monaco and while we were obviously slower than we would have otherwise liked, our race pace wasn't all that bad today. It has been a long and challenging Monaco Grand Prix and even though both cars started from the back, I don't think we could have asked for anything else than 9th and 10th places. Just reward for a very tough weekend."
"Starting this race from the back of the grid is not something that normally rewards you with 9th place and from that perspective we are pleased. Our race pace was reasonable today and the car felt much better than it has done all weekend. Scoring points would have been a very tall order today and getting two Jaguars across the finishing line is not bad when you consider that ten cars never made it to the end."
"Qualifying higher up the order would have certainly made a points chase possible, but until we correct some of the problems on the R3, it will remain a very tough challenge to fulfil. We have people working very hard towards finding a solution and in the meantime, we can only do our best on the race track and aim for the finishing line - something that everyone worked very well at today."
Pedro de la Rosa
"I am obviously pleased with the outcome given where we started this race from. It was a very hard race to drive and didn't get any easier because of traffic problems and a heavy fuel load. As the fuel load lightened the car became easier to drive. The Sauber of Massa also caused me a lot of problems today. He was driving all over the place and it cost me a lot of time relative to Eddie. I just wanted to race today and to have finished is great. Our team has worked very hard indeed in what have been unforgiving circumstances all weekend. Next is Canada and again we are faced with a race that's usually characterised by a high retirement rate and we will again aim to finish and pick up whatever spoils we can."
Eddie Irvine Position: 9th
Best lap: 1:21.059
Pedro de la Rosa Position: 10th
Best lap: 1:20.953