Spanish GP: Jaguar race notes

A disappointing Spanish Grand Prix for Jaguar Racing saw both drivers retire. Pedro de la Rosa's home race lasted no more than two laps when he went off at turn six. Eddie Irvine also suffered a frustrating race that eventually ended with a ...

A disappointing Spanish Grand Prix for Jaguar Racing saw both drivers retire. Pedro de la Rosa's home race lasted no more than two laps when he went off at turn six. Eddie Irvine also suffered a frustrating race that eventually ended with a hydraulic problem on lap 42. The Jaguar R3 has suffered all weekend at the hands of the aerodynamically challenging Circuit de Catalunya. The team expected a tough weekend right from the onset and even though Eddie Irvine qualified 15th yesterday, he was relegated to the back of the grid because of a fuel irregularity.

The team now moves onto Valencia for a three-day test next week with both Eddie and Pedro assuming testing responsibilities. Meanwhile, the team's new windtunnel back in the UK will be working around the clock in an effort to generate solutions to the R3's aerodynamic issues.

Niki Lauda - CEO and Team Principal

"A weekend to forget. It's been uphill since we arrived here and while we expected a tough weekend, it doesn't make the frustration any easier. Pedro spun going into the sixth corner and Eddie suffered a hydraulic failure. Nevertheless, our chances of scoring points are very much against us right now until we solve our aerodynamic problems. The car is not capable of high qualifying positions and when you start races from the back, it is very tough indeed to make up the deficit in the race."

Eddie Irvine

"The car is very difficult to drive and we must keep pushing forward on our development until we have a solution. As things stand, the Jaguar R3 is a very unforgiving car and this makes carrying speed in corners very hard. At a circuit like this, you cannot afford to come under-equipped and our aero package isn't capable of taking us any further right now. Our new team of aerodynamicists have quite a challenge on their hands and coupled with our new windtunnel, we now expect to take a corrective course of action. As today's race proved, we do not have the pace to score points with. I pushed as hard as I could today and it still got me nowhere. In the end, a hydraulic problem put an end to my race"

Pedro de la Rosa

"What a disappointing way to exit from your home race! As I braked into turn six, the back-end of the car snapped and before I could do anything about it, the car was stuck in the gravel. I'm not sure whether it was the car or me. Either way, this Spanish Grand Prix is one that I'll want to forget about. We have a very tough few weeks ahead of us and until July, when our new aero package arrives, we have no choice but to contest some frustrating races."


Eddie Irvine
Position: DNF
Chassis: R3-05


Pedro de la Rosa
Position: DNF
T-car: R3-02


Weather: Warm and dry
Air Temperature: 20 degrees
Track Temperature: 21-22 degrees

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Pedro de la Rosa , Niki Lauda
Teams Jaguar Racing