[jag-news] Encouraging start to Jaguar Racing's build-up to the Canadian Grand

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Montreal - 8 June 2001

Weather: Hot, clear, dry, air temperature 24 degrees, track temperature 25

Today’s two hour-long Free Practice sessions allowed the Jaguar Racing team
to evaluate its new aerodynamic package for the Jaguar R2 in low down force
configuration for the first time since its introduction at the Monaco Grand
Prix. The results were encouraging as the team worked through a programme of
tyre and set-up combinations to leave Eddie Irvine in third position and
Pedro de la Rosa in fourteenth position. Eddie was able to use new tyres
during his session and while Pedro selected new Michelin’s at the close of
the session, he was unable to complete a quick lap on new rubber before the
session ended.

Eddie Irvine Position: 3rd Laps: 42
Best time 1.18.508

Chassis: R2-04
T-Car chassis: R2-05

“We ran through our programme successfully and concentrated in particular on
set-up. The Michelins look good on one hand and not so good on the other. I’m
not going to go into detail about this but there’s certainly pros and cons to
the tyres around this circuit. The car didn’t feel as good as I expected it
to around here but overall I’d say we are in good shape. There are some new
bits on the car and I don’t at this stage know exactly what impact they are
having. We are still evaluating these changes and will continue to do so in
the run-up to qualifying tomorrow.”

Pedro de la Rosa Position: 14th Laps: 42
Best time 1.19.707

Chassis: R2-06

“That was a productive session apart from the end when I didn’t have enough
time left to try new tyres. We followed our plan very well today and the car
feels reasonably well balanced. I don’t really have any issues or problems at
this stage and I expect to qualify well tomorrow. I like this circuit and our
new aero package seems to be coping quite well with the demands placed upon
it. It’s too early to begin making predictions about this weekend and we
still have some work to get through tomorrow morning before we are fully
prepared for qualifying.”

Bobby Rahal, Chief Executive Officer & Team Principal

"There were some good signs of progress in today’s session and I’m reasonably
happy with the new aerodynamic package which is demonstrably better than
before although we need to keep working on it. I think we showed today that
we can be competitive with the BARs and the Jordans and we ran quite heavy
fuel loads today. Pedro didn’t have enough time to run with new tyres but
overall I am pleased with our first day’s efforts."Reply-To: jag-news-discussion@jag-lovers.org


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