Jaguar Racing completed a programme of tyre, aerodynamic and set-up changes to both its cars during today's Free Practice sessions for the Spanish Grand Prix. Eddie Irvine placed himself second in the timesheets with new hire Pedro de la Rosa in...
Jaguar Racing completed a programme of tyre, aerodynamic and set-up changes to both its cars during today's Free Practice sessions for the Spanish Grand Prix. Eddie Irvine placed himself second in the timesheets with new hire Pedro de la Rosa in seventh place. The team, however, does not expect to be placed so highly at the conclusion of tomorrow's qualifying session although it was satisfied with the tasks it completed today.
"We basically went through our progrmme today and completed it successfully. Our main focus today was choosing between the two Michelin tyres and we completed the programme to our satisfaction. This is the first time that the team has really worked togethe r on optimising both cars and I credit our new Chief Race Engineer Mark Ellis. He only joined us in San Marino and his presence is certainly being felt for the better. I know that many people suffered at the hands of traction control today, but we had no p roblems. It seems to be working very well for us, but it will be interesting to see how it manifests itself over a race distance. I wouldn't want anybody to read too much into our times today, but things have certainly improved at an operational level. I'm working well with Pedro, but it's too early to comment on his performance."
Pedro de la Rosa
"It was an interesting day for me. I spent both sessions settling into the car and getting into the groove. We worked hard on set-up and tyre choice for tomorrow. The car improved a lot over the two sessions, but Fridays are never reflective of the real picture. Qualifying is what matters and that's what we will be judged on. I'm settling into my new role very well and I have a good team around me. There is obviously more work and development in progress, but this is a pleasing start to my role at Jaguar Racing."
"The team did a comprehensive job today and their application towards both cars was rewarded with a useful bank of data. The Michelin compounds are very good here and we are pleased with the choices available to us. The team also benefited from good set-up work, but we will not be drawing too many conclusions from the positions. We successfully completed our job list for today and I was pleased to see that our traction control system is performing ok. We've got to go quicker tomorrow and we'll be working hard in an effort to achieve this. We certainly need to make changes for the better, but this isn't a bad start to our Spanish Grand Prix weekend."