Monaco GP: Jaguar Thursday notes

A slippery track today made the notoriously difficult Monaco Grand Prix Circuit even more of a challenge, as drivers struggled to stay clear of the armco barriers. Pedro de la Rosa fell victim to the unforgiving nature of the circuit and came ...

A slippery track today made the notoriously difficult Monaco Grand Prix Circuit even more of a challenge, as drivers struggled to stay clear of the armco barriers. Pedro de la Rosa fell victim to the unforgiving nature of the circuit and came crashed to a halt in lap six of the morning session, while Eddie Irvine also suffered a similar fate in the afternoon session on lap 28.

With the Minardi of Alex Yoong bringing the afternoon session to a stop only five minutes in, there was no end to the action for the F1 fans. Jaguar Racing today concentrated on set-up work and tyre evaluation. Pedro completed a total of 22 laps with a best time of 1:21.876s. Eddie completed a total of 28 laps and managed a best time of 1:22.917s.

Niki Lauda - CEO and Team Principal

"With the weather the way it is, the track is not at its' best. The drivers are finding it hard work keeping the car on the circuit and as we saw with both Pedro in the morning session and Eddie this afternoon, it's not always possible. Today, however, all owed us to spend time working on the overall set-up and we are generally pleased with what we have achieved. Qualifying will be exciting for both the drivers and fans and the team will be working towards a trouble-free day".

Pedro de la Rosa

"A slippery track in the morning session put an end to my free practice session lap six. I made a mistake coming out of the chicane after the swimming pool and in Monaco you don't get away with mistakes. The mechanics did a good job of fixing the car so that I could come back out for the afternoon session. During the session we ran our normal programme to work on set-up and tyres."

Eddie Irvine

"Not the free practice that I had envisaged. The track was not as grippy as I would have liked and unfortunately oil on the track in the second session sent me into the armco barriers at Massanet. Monaco is unforgiving and I was happy to come away unscathed. This morning's session was productive though and we managed to spend time on the overall set-up."


Pedro de la Rosa
Position: 18th
Laps: 22
Best Time: 1:21.876
Chassis: R3-04
T-Car: R3-01


Eddie Irvine
Position: 20th
Laps: 28
BestTime: 1:22.917
Chassis: R3-05

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Pedro de la Rosa , Alex Yoong , Niki Lauda
Teams Minardi , Jaguar Racing