US GP: Jaguar preview

With less than a week to turnaround twenty tonnes of freight and equipment, Jaguar Racing this week leave for Indianapolis (U.S.) and the penultimate round of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The team has undertaken no testing since its ...

With less than a week to turnaround twenty tonnes of freight and equipment, Jaguar Racing this week leave for Indianapolis (U.S.) and the penultimate round of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The team has undertaken no testing since its three-day test programme at Monza three weeks ago.

While all eyes will be focused on the championship battle at the front end of the grid, the fight for fifth place in the Constructors Championship is just as close with Jaguar Racing placed one point behind BAR-Honda and three points ahead of Toyota. Mark Webber took his season's total to seventeen points at Monza by finishing in 7th place and alongside Justin Wilson, both drivers go to Indianapolis determined to take the fight to the BAR-Hondas of Jenson Button and Jacques Villenueve.

David Pitchforth - Managing Director:

"We managed a points finish in Monza but there is a pressing need for more. Since then it has been a case of all hands on deck and all eyes focusing on what we need to do to continue being competitive for the remainder of the season. The drivers have been in the factory numerous times with their race engineers and I can feel the buzz as we near the end of the season. Cosworth Racing has done a good job in recent weeks to provide reliability and coupled with the on-going determination of tyre partner Michelin, we are looking forward to going racing at the weekend."

"We expect the weekend to be challenging as the track has a particularly long straight, the longest in F1, that requires long periods of full throttle, in addition to this the weather can often be inclement. As always we will be focusing on our race strategy over the weekend but will also be ensuring that Justin makes the most of Friday testing since this is a new track for him. This is where Friday testing really helps both the driver and team."

"The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is steeped in history, a history I came to know during my nine years living and working in the area. This will not just be a second home race for me but we also will be supporting Ford Motor Company with their Centenary celebrations by having drivers participate in their motor-sport activities and appearances in the run-up to the race."

Mark Webber:

"I first raced here last year but unfortunately did not see the finish line! However, despite that, I enjoyed the track and particularly the long straights. The engines are under more pressure here due to the long straight but of course that's all part of the challenge. I know that Cosworth Racing has been working hard since our points finish in Monza and we will all be looking to add to our score. Again the tyre war will step-up a gear and with only two races to go and three teams fighting it out for fifth, no stone will be left unturned by Michelin."

"The weather in Indy will also come into play in our strategy, as this can often be changeable over the course of the race. The circuit has so much history that it usually guarantees an amazing atmosphere on race day and looks particularly impressive as you blast down the main straight towards the first corner. Before the race weekend I will be spending some time in New York with team and sponsor activities and then heading south for what is Ford Motor Company's home race."

Justin Wilson:

"I have never raced at Indianapolis so this is certainly going to be a tough weekend for me. The history that the track has is fantastic and I will be taking great pleasure in adding it to my list of race circuits. I understand that this is a track that divides opinion, with some drivers enjoying it and others not. It will be relatively challenging for the cars but again with only two races to go the team both in Milton Keynes and at Pi Research and Cosworth Racing have been incredible in their focus to deliver the results on-track."

"I know that I have yet to finish a race so there will be some pressure to see it to the finish line here in front of our parent company's back yard but nothing that I can't handle! The team has been nothing but supportive since I joined and I simply want to see the finish line to prove my worth. If I can finish in Indy it will be a great boost for the team and myself."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Mark Webber , Justin Wilson
Teams Jaguar Racing