Purnell wants Jag boys to work like Michael

Purnell wants Jag boys to work like Michael

Tony Purnell, Ford's CEO of the Premier Performance Division, has urged Jaguar drivers Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia to work as hard as five-time champion Michael Schumacher. Purnell was impressed by Schumacher's attention to detail after ...

Tony Purnell, Ford's CEO of the Premier Performance Division, has urged Jaguar drivers Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia to work as hard as five-time champion Michael Schumacher. Purnell was impressed by Schumacher's attention to detail after spending time with the German and would like the Jaguar boys to emulate that kind of dedication.

Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia pose with the new Jaguar R4.
Photo by Jaguar Cars and Wieck Media Services, Inc..
"I've tried to tell them how important it is to work when you're not sitting in the car," Purnell told the Jaguar website. "I spent a weekend with Michael Schumacher once, racing karts, and I realise why he's world champion. He never stops thinking about making the car go faster."

"The way he motivates you as an engineer to think and pull something out of the car is fantastic and I've told both Mark and Antonio that really that's what I'm looking from them to do -- to keep working at the job when you're not in the car, talk to the engineers, come to the factory and never forget that everybody is working for them."

"People who put the work in just gain loyalty and drive and I really like what I see from our two. Mark understands what I mean by putting the extra work in for sure and Antonio, who is less experienced, is putting the effort in and I've got a feeling that they're going to be much admired by the end of the year."

Managing Director of Jaguar Racing, David Pitchforth, is happy that Webber and Pizzonia are already working hard and the team appreciates the pair's attitude: "They are both excellent. Both are very keen, very professional and willing to work with the team," said Pitchforth.

"If you were to go out and talk to the workforce they would tell you they've seen both drivers in the factory, which is a novelty. The designers doing the seat fitting, HANS devices and so on are very pleased with the attitude and professionalism. They've both got endless energy and enthusiasm, which is good."

Jaguar decided to drop the experienced pairing of Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa at the end of last year in favour of younger talent. After a fairly dismal few years in F1, the team has spent the last few months re-organizing itself -- including the sacking of team principal Niki Lauda -- and hoping its radical restructuring will see better results.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Antonio Pizzonia , Michael Schumacher , Mark Webber , Niki Lauda
Teams Jaguar Racing