Spanish GP: Jaguar preview

Jaguar Racing travels to the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain) next week to contest the fifth round of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The team are keen to return to the track to highlight the race-pace of the R5 and its reliability.

Jaguar Racing travels to the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain) next week to contest the fifth round of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The team are keen to return to the track to highlight the race-pace of the R5 and its reliability. Christian Klien has finished four races out of four and he will now be looking to score points at a track where he has F1 experience.

Mark Webber, a veteran of the Barcelona track will be looking for a repeat performance of last year when he scored two points. The team knows this circuit better than most thanks to the extensive testing that is carried out here during the winter. They will be looking to make the most of the overtaking opportunities that exist on track and will be putting the R5 through its paces. With continuous advances being made on the car, the team are confident about its ability to deliver on track.

Mark Webber:

"I scored two points here last year so I will definitely be aiming for that again. The track is good fun and yet offers us a challenge with its fast corners and overtaking opportunities. I think it is a well-designed track that allows the spectators to enjoy the race as much as the drivers which is so important these days. We are well prepared going into this race weekend as this track is really like our home track as we spend so much time there as a team."

"We have an extensive amount of data on the circuit and this allows us to use Friday for setting up the car as opposed to generating basic data that can often be the case at some of the tracks that we only visit annually. I have not been to the factory in Milton Keynes this week as I have been to Istanbul with one of our sponsor's Becks, but I know having spoken to Dr Mark Gillan that the team has been working on the R5 and some developments prior to the race weekend."

"I also understand that Cosworth Racing has been looking into the reasons behind my intermittent electrical engine fault from Imola and are confident that they have resolved it. The track is medium to high down-force and this suits us well, after all our testing there we will be giving it our all and we will be going racing for some championship points."

Christian Klien:

"The fifth race is upon us already and I can hardly believe it. I have started four races and finished four races so I am pleased with the reliability of the R5. This is all down to the team from everyone in the factory to the people at Cosworth and our tyre partner Michelin. The R5 is always well set-up for me and I would like to try and reward the hard work with a good finishing position in Spain. I know the track really well and I like the fast corners and the fantastic long straight. The car is suited to this track, although since all the teams test here regularly our competition is going to be as tough as ever."

"We have been making changes to the car step by step and I was at the factory on Wednesday this week to see how we are progressing. The team is working so hard and I have to thank them for fixing my chassis from Imola in time for Barcelona. The chassis was damaged in my spin on the Saturday last week but the guys have repaired it so we are taking it as the T-car for Spain. I am looking forward to the weekend in Barcelona, it's a country I like very much and it will be one of the tracks where I feel most at home."

Björn Wirdheim:

"I like racing at the Circuit de Catalunya and it makes a difference that this is a track where I have some experience in a Formula One car. We have tested here as recently as two weeks ago so the team is really comfortable here as am I. I have also raced here with F3000 and have had a podium, so I know it fairly well and historically it has been a good track for me. It's also one of the more physical tracks on the calendar and it is quite challenging, which is a good thing. There are some very fast corners and these are lots of fun for us as long as we are accurate in our judgement."

"They have modified the track since the race here last year and they have made another overtaking opportunity, not an easy one as it is quite technical, but an opportunity none the less. Ahead of Barcelona I am testing in Lommel in Belgium today doing some straight-line testing for the team. I will be focusing on our starts and control performance and of course, any time that I spend in the car is good for me.

Dr Mark Gillan - Head of Vehicle Performance:

"Mark suffered an intermittent electrical problem with his engine in Imola which frustratingly cost us places and probably a point in the race. Since the return of the R5 to the UK, the engine has been back at Cosworth Racing headquarters in Northampton (UK) where the team has been hard at work understanding the reasons for the fault. This was the first time this season that the team has had an engine fault at a race weekend and despite it Mark went on to finish the race which in itself highlights the steps forward that the Cosworth team has taken over the winter period."

"Looking ahead to Barcelona, this is a circuit that all drivers and teams know extensively and as a result our data from this track is significant. We have been making incremental changes to the car since the start of the season and we are continuing to do so. The R5 is being continually developed and we will be testing these changes today at Lommel, Ford's private proving ground in Belgium where we are completing straight line testing over one day. We are also focusing on control and start performance today with Björn behind the wheel for the majority of the test."

David Pitchforth - Managing Director:

"Although the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona is a race-track that we know well we cannot be complacent, on the contrary the competition is extremely tough at the moment and we know that all the teams are making incremental steps forward. We scored here last year with Mark, and we have undertaken numerous tests and even our launch here, so we are confident that the track will suit the R5. We are constantly working on developing the car to increase competitiveness and I am pleased with how we have been working with our tyre partner Michelin, and confident about the tyre choices that we have made in advance of Barcelona."

"Since Imola the workforce here at the factory in Milton Keynes has done a fantastic job, repairing damage to Christian's chassis in plenty of time for us to take it to Barcelona. The engine development has also been progressing and we have been pleased with our tests on the dyno in Northampton. We go to Barcelona focused on our goals and confident that we can achieve them."


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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Bjorn Wirdheim , Christian Klien
Teams Jaguar Racing