Jaguar Racing's qualifying efforts went somewhat better than expected today with Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa starting tomorrow's race from 15th and 17th positions respectively. The Circuit de Catalunya is renowned for the aerodynamic ...
Jaguar Racing's qualifying efforts went somewhat better than expected today with Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa starting tomorrow's race from 15th and 17th positions respectively. The Circuit de Catalunya is renowned for the aerodynamic challenges it presents and given the R3's current aerodynamic deficiencies, the team was a little surprised with its' qualifying performances.
Tomorrow's 65-lap race will be tough to score championship points from. Nonetheless, every effort will again be made to complete the race distance in an effort to generate data for the team's on-going aerodynamic programme that is expected to ready in time for the British Grand Prix in July.
Niki Lauda - CEO and Team Principal
"This is a strange circuit in that small temperature increases have a big impact on tyre performance. We took full advantage of the extra grip this generated and benefited accordingly in terms of grid positions for tomorrow's race. Why this happens, we don't quite know. This morning, the track temperature was lower during the warm-up sessions and consequently both Jaguars struggled at the bottom of the time sheets. Our qualifying positions now allow us with an outside chance of scrapping for points. Not an easy task, I know, but if we are honest, we expected to be slightly further back given the aero problems we are presently carrying on the car."
"Both Eddie and Pedro are doing a good job with what is a difficult car at this stage of its' development. In addition to our drivers, it must also be said that Cosworth Racing is doing a good job on the engine side. This is a fact when you consider that Heinz-Harald Frentzen qualified in 10th place in Arrows-Cosworth. The Cosworth CR3-V10 is capable of better things than we are currently showing and it just goes to highlight further that we are being held back by self-generated aerodynamic problems. It also goes to prove that we are taking the right course of action and as I said yesterday, we are aiming our aerodynamic programme towards the British Grand Prix in July."
"To be honest, I am a little mystified by how I've ended-up in 15th position. There wasn't anything different on the car compared to this morning and unless the tyres have found some extra grip because of the higher track temperature, I can't explain it. The car felt better, particularly on my first run, and didn't seem to suffer as much high-speed understeer as it did before. It also felt better under braking. I could probably have been higher had it not been for the red flag that came out on my last run. I don't fully understand the improved form and we'll look into the reasons why. It's still a very tough race for us, but better than expected so far."
Pedro de la Rosa
"I knew this would be a very difficult weekend long before I got here. After hundreds of kilometres of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, our Jaguar R3 hasn't really improved at this track - until today that is. This circuit places huge aerodynamic demands on the car and through some of the faster corners, the car has felt very twitchy and nervous. My qualifying position is higher than I had envisaged and I think it's down to a combination of two things - finding an improved set-up on the car and having more grip in the tyres."
"The higher track temperature helped me today and let's hope it gets hotter for tomorrow's race! It would of course be great to score a point at my home race, but that's going to be far from easy. I will, however, be pushing both the car and myself to the limit to see what we can take away from this difficult weekend."
Position: 15th Laps: 11
Best Time: 1:18.779 Chassis: R3-05
Pedro de la Rosa
Position: 17th Laps 12
Best Time: 1:18.885 T-car: R3-02
Weather: Warm and dry
Air Temperature: 20 degrees
Track Temperature: 20 degrees