Spanish GP: Jaguar Friday qualifying notes

Jaguar Racing drivers Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia qualified in 7th and 13th positions respectively as the provisional qualifying hour got underway at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The hot and sunny track greeted the drivers with Mark...

Jaguar Racing drivers Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia qualified in 7th and 13th positions respectively as the provisional qualifying hour got underway at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The hot and sunny track greeted the drivers with Mark starting his qualifying run in 14th position while Antonio was the 19th man to take to the track.

The two-hour free testing which preceded qualifying was used to make tyre comparisons and fine-tune set-up work in the run-up to qualifying but Antonio suffered a transmission problem which meant that he was forced to use the T-car during the one- hour Free Practice session afterwards, although he switched back to his race car in time for qualifying.

Dr Mark Gillan - Head of Vehicle Performance:

"A very good day all round. With four races gone now, we have a very clear understanding of the competitiveness of the Jaguar R4. The pace and balance are very good but the one area that has eluded us thus far is reliability. We have been in points scoring positions in all four races and in some cases, podium contenders.

"Given that reliability is the key to fully unlocking our potential, we have spent a lot of time working on these issues. We tested for three days in Mugello last week and covered every aspect of the car. We arrived in Barcelona with a full data bank of knowledge and given how well the drivers know this circuit, qualifying today was a true indication of the car's pace."

"It really is all about performance around the Circuit de Catalunya. We choose a good tyre for the session and yet again, Mark Webber has demonstrated the capability of our package and of course, himself! Antonio was unlucky this morning to have suffered a transmission issue which forced him to take the T-car for Free Practice but nonetheless, his race car was ready again in time for qualifying. In short, a very pleasing start to what we hope will be a rewarding weekend points wise."

Mark Webber:

"A good lap, albeit I had a bit of a moment on Turn nine. The track temperature here goes up quite quickly and subsequently it gets quite sensitive out there. You end up having to take a little chance on mechanical set-up and tyre choice but everything worked out well for me in the end. The car was very good over the one-lap although it felt a little oversteery towards the end. We still need to do some work on race set-up and concentrate on some longer runs, but overall I am satisfied."

"The strategies going into the race on Sunday will be interesting in that the fuel-effect is quite considerable around here but everyone is in the same boat. I don't think there will be a big difference in the strategies employed by the teams and as always, the racing here will be close on Sunday."

Antonio Pizzonia:

"I am a bit disappointed not to have done better. We made some set-up changes to the car before qualifying which didn't quite work for me and unfortunately my qualifying time was slower than my fastest time in this morning's session - even though I was carrying more fuel this morning. I also never managed to undertake a light fuel run this morning and that didn't help my preparation going into qualifying. Tomorrow is the real qualifying test and we'll keep plugging away at the car in an effort to fine-tune it to my liking."

Mark Webber
Position: 7th
Best time: 1:17.793
Chassis: R4-04
T-Car: R4-02

Antonio Pizzonia
Position: 13th
Best time: 1:18.528
Chassis: R4-03

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Mark Webber
Teams Jaguar Racing