<pre> Rahal: "Everyone's trying hard" Jaguar Racing's CEO discusses the challenge ahead at the European races Rahal: "There are some major changes coming" </pre> After the three races on other continents the F1 circus returns to ...
<pre> Rahal: "Everyone's trying hard" Jaguar Racing's CEO discusses the challenge ahead at the European races
Rahal: "There are some major changes coming" </pre> After the three races on other continents the F1 circus returns to the slightly calmer European schedule at Imola. The first European race also sees teams introduce developments that have emerged since the start of the season and the true picture of how the year will unfold begins to emerge. Adam Cooper asked Bobby Rahal for his thoughts on Jaguar Racing's current situation.
Q: Apart from the new wing, what else is new for this race?
"That's about it really, and there are new front tyres from Michelin, which are probably helping, I would say. Interestingly you look at the other teams they're all over the road too, everybody is trying very hard. I don't see anybody with their arm hanging on the side of the car driving one-handed! They all look like they're working very hard - I don't care who it is. We need to keep making the car better as everybody else is making theirs better."
Q: We had three 'flyaway' races in a row. How tough has that been for the team?
"It's tough on everybody, it's tough on the team and the crew. It's tough on the drivers, so we have to thank Pedro [de la Rosa] and Thomas [Scheckter], who've been doing some testing. When you're flying half way round the world and testing two days later it's very tough. I think everybody's glad it's over and now we're on this side of the world."
Q: Will this race give an indication as to how things stand for the rest of the summer?
"We still have a lot on the way. There are some major changes coming, but we'll maybe see those at Monaco. But there are a few little things - every race something's different."
Q: Are you well prepared for the arrival of traction control at the next race in Barcelona?
"I think we're okay. Remember, you want to use that as little as possible, because that's taking power away. So what you want to do is develop the car to a point where you don't really need it. You may never get to that point, but where you'll see it really have an effect is in wet races, or maybe Monaco, places where there are very slow corners. But I don't think you'll see it anywhere else. If you can get the car to where you don't need traction control, that's the ideal. That will be the real trick."
Q: Your CART team was very competitive in Long Beach last week - you must be pleased about that.
"Kenny [Brack] was doing a good job. He had a part break that shouldn't have broken, which was curious. Max [Papis] was doing a reasonable job and had good pit stop strategy, and then got hit from behind."
Q: Are you getting used to this transatlantic travelling, and being at the front of the grid one week and the middle the next?
"Actually I watched the CART race in England! I went for Friday and Saturday, but I didn't stay for the race."
- Jaguar Racing