Having arrived in Barcelona expecting a tough weekend, Jaguar Racing's Free Practice performances again highlighted the aerodynamic difficulties the team currently faces. Both Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa ran through the normal Friday ...
Having arrived in Barcelona expecting a tough weekend, Jaguar Racing's Free Practice performances again highlighted the aerodynamic difficulties the team currently faces. Both Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa ran through the normal Friday checklist, but both drivers suffered from a distinct lack of grip - an on-going problem caused by a lack of aerodynamic downforce.
Eddie completed a total of 27 laps and clocked a best time of 1m21.294s while Pedro de la Rosa managed 35 laps with a best time of 1m22.094s. The Circuit de Catalunya places significant aerodynamic demands upon the cars and until Jaguar Racing's new aerodynamic package makes its' presence felt at the British Grand Prix, the team is prepared for the several difficult races it faces. The team this week announced the arrival of two new aerodynamicists and coupled with its' on-going windtunnel programme, a solution to the R3's aerodynamic problems is taking precedence over all other matters.
Niki Lauda CEO and Team Principal
"Exactly as we expected. Until the new aero package arrives, we will face a tough few races. Both drivers reported handling difficulties today and because we are suffering from a lack of grip, our attempts at correcting the problem for this weekend are futile. We have targeted the British Grand Prix as the arrival date for our new aero package and until such time, we face an uphill struggle."
"I cannot overstate the importance of a competitive aerodynamic package and to achieve this takes hundreds of hours of windtunnel work. We have a critical time line of development ahead of us and everyone associated with Jaguar Racing is doing their level best to help accelerate a path towards competitiveness. We will achieve this, but it will take a little time."
"The car is very difficult to drive. We know this circuit very well, but that doesn't change the fact that we are exposed because of our aerodynamic weaknesses. The handling is very poor and as was the case in Imola, we have a tough fight on our hands this weekend. The team, however, is trying to extract the best possible set-up and all we can do is push on."
"Qualifying will not generate any surprises and unless there's a high retirement rate on Sunday, I'm afraid it's more of the same until we find an aerodynamic solution. In the past, we have suffered without our own windtunnel and given the new team of aerodynamicists who have recently joined us, I am optimistic about cracking this problem. It will not happen overnight and we are aiming for our home race at Silverstone which is about ten weeks away."
Pedro de la Rosa
"I joined Jaguar Racing this time last year and since then have built up a good relationship with the team. As a result I have approached this weekend somewhat more relaxed than I did in 2001. I know the Circuit de Catalunya well and it remains a challenging circuit. The challenge, however, is made much harder because of the aerodynamic weaknesses of the Jaguar R3. We worked on general set-up today and towards the end, we did a tyre comparison which, to be honest, didn't really give us any improvement."
"There also appears to be a cross-weight problem on the car and I think we'll probably use the T-car tomorrow. The car didn't feel right towards the end of the session and from having looked at the data, it appears to be a cross-weight problem. We will, however, investigate the problem further to be 100% sure."
Weather: Hot and dry
Air Temperature: 22-24 degrees
Track Temperature: 21 degrees
Position: 11th Laps: 27
Best Time: 1:21.294 Chassis: R3-05
Pedro de la Rosa
Position: 19th Laps 35
Best Time: 1:22.094 Chassis: R3-02