|2002 – Malaysian Grand Prix|
|Jaguar||4 pts||Lauda making excuses for the poor performance of the 2002 car.
Jaguar were in all sorts of trouble with the 2002 car, the R3. So much so team boss, Niki Lauda felt the need to publicly make excuses for the team. “With the R3 arriving in Malaysia last week direct from Melbourne, we were not expecting to find a great deal of additional speed here compared with Australia. Therefore, the qualifying positions are representative of what the car is capable of at this time and it is no more than we expected. Although we have made some progress towards understanding more about the new car this weekend, we still haven’t unravelled the mystery that is ‘R3.’ We have tried some minor modifications here and while there has been some progress, it is simply too marginal to make a noticeable difference,” added Lauda. “Eddie could maybe have squeezed into the mid 1m 38secs, but it wouldn’t have changed what is obviously a very disappointing performance. I very much doubt that half the field will retire tomorrow, as was the case in Melbourne, and we will therefore aim to generate as much data as possible from the race. This, combined with next week’s back-to-back test with last year’s R2, will dictate what we do from here on. We must keep our cool, be logical and move forward in a systematic way. We are disappointed, yes, but everybody is keeping their heads up and thinking positively about the challenge ahead. This commitment is not just evident within our Jaguar Racing team, but also from our partners like HSBC, EDS, AT&T and Hewlett Packard, to name but a few, all of whom are working tirelessly towards our mutual goal of getting over this problem.”
|2002 – San Marino Grand Prix|
|Jaguar||1 pts||The half-shaft failure in de la Rosa?s car.
Pedro de la Rosa was forced to retire from the race on lap thirty-one. Pitting from last place the Jaguar came into problems rejoining the race. Pedro got away very slowly before pulling over where pit lane blended in with the circuit. A half-shaft failure was the cause of the retirement.
“I knew that this was going to be a hard race, but I am disappointed to have retired,” explained de la Rosa. “Our reliability to date has been very good and it is frustrating to have exited the race with a mechanical problem. Having finished the first three races, however, a retirement was on the books at some point, I suppose.”
|Jaguar||1 pts||The half-shaft failure in Irvine?s car.
Like Pedro de la Rosa, Irvine was forced to retire form the race. On lap forty-five his car developed a half-shaft failure due that forced the Ulsterman to pull his R3 off the track and into retirement form the race.
“It certainly was not the best weekend we’ve had. I knew that we were going to struggle with this circuit as the temperatures are never as high here as we would like, but given our reliability record, I did not expect to retire,” Eddie said.
|2002 – Spanish Grand Prix|
|Jaguar||1 pts||Use of irregular fuel in Irvine car in qualifying.
On Sunday Morning it was announced that Eddie Irvine would have his qualification times disallowed after a “fuel irregularity” in qualifying. This would result in him staring the race from last place on the grid. Irvine had qualified his Jaguar in 15th place, in a time of 1:18.779, a feat that surprised him at the time but race officials then ruled that the car’s fuel did not conform to regulations. According to the FIA’s statement fuel analysis showed a discrepancy with a sample approved prior to the event making the disqualification of his qualifying time the only course of action possible.
“After having examined the results of this further analysis, the stewards decided to delete all qualifying times of the driver,” the statement read.
|Jaguar||1 pts||The hydraulic problem with Irvine?s car that forced him out of the race.
Irvine was running very well dispite starting the race from last position on the grid. His good run came to a close on lap forty-one, when he pulled his sick Jaguar into the pits and retirement with hydraulic failure.
“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,” Irvine said.” 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.”
|2002 – Austrian Grand Prix|
|Jaguar||1 pts||Ford?s insistence they will not be pulling the plug on Jaguar.
Despite concerns over economic downturn throughout the world at the current time, affecting several Formula 1 teams on the grid, Ford have announced that they will continue to support Jaguar Racing in their F1 cause. Rumours had been circulating that Ford was considering pulling the plug on the Jaguar project in view of the team’s poor performance. The announcement seemed to be timed to quash these rumours
“We are not considering any exit strategy, we’re digging in,” he said. This could be an indication of intent to supply Jordan if Honda pull out at the end of 2002.
|Jaguar||1 pts||The suspension problem on de la Rosa?s car in qualifying, caused by the car?s exhaust overheating.
Pedro de la Rosa’s efforts in qualifying were hampered when his car developed rear suspension problem caused by the exhaust overheating its components.
“The team did a good job today given the circumstances and despite where we have qualified, our motivation towards getting our problems solved is high. The car felt good, the balance was there, but it’s simply too slow right now,” de la Rosa remarked. “In addition, I only really had one clean flying lap. We suffered from a minor heating issue after my first run and the team did well to fix it and get me out again. To be honest, I was pushing hard and looking to extract time out of the car that didn’t exist. My third run, however, was the best and tomorrow’s race will no doubt be another tough one for us.”
|Jaguar||1 pts||The throttle problem on de la Rosa?s car that put him out of the race on the first lap.
Pedro de la Rosa was destined to retire from the second consecutive race. The prelude to his retirement came at the end of lap one as he approached the finish line in last place, far below full racing speed, with a throttle problem. “I had a really good start today and was understandably surprised when I suffered a throttle problem on turn two,” de la Rosa said. “The drivers behind me were very lucky as the resulting situation could have been quite different. Not a lot to say other than I hope Sato is OK”
|Jaguar||1 pts||Irvine?s hydraulics failure that put him out of the race on lap thirty-eight.
Irvine’s race came to an early conclusion. At the end of lap thirty-eight Irvine pulled into the pits, seemingly on schedule for a pit stop. As the entered the pitlane his R3 lost all drive and he coasted down to the Jaguar garage to retire from the race with a hydraulics failure.
“The race was action packed as I expected. I am pleased to hear that Sato is ok, it could have been a lot worse. The various on-track activities allowed me to be in 10th position at one time, encouraging. Our race strategy was good today and even with the safety cars out it worked well,” the Irishman said. “We very nearly got something out of nothing, and at one stage there was even the outside chance of aiming for a point. This chance faded when on lap 37 I suffered hydraulic problems. I was reluctantly forced to retire on lap 38. Frustrating, yes!”
|2002 – Monaco Grand Prix|
|Jaguar||1 pts||The suspension failure that lead to Irvine crashing heavily in the swimming pool section in Saturday Free Practice.
Irvine crashed heavily at the swimming pool during the Saturday morning practice session due to a left rear suspension breakage and used the spare car for the afternoon’s qualifying session.
“My warm-up session this morning was plagued by an accident with the barriers at the swimming pool area. The car was hit hard at the back as a result of the collapsed rear suspension when it ploughed into the armco barriers that resulted in me using the T-Car for the qualifying session,” Irvine said. “This was not ideal but the team did a good job today. Tomorrow will be a difficult day for us and I don’t expect anything out of the ordinary. Saying that, Monaco always gives us a good day’s racing and anything can happen at this circuit. “
|2002 – Canadian Grand Prix|
|Jaguar||1 pts||Irvine?s gearbox hydraulic leak in qualifying.
Irvine qualified in a lowly fourteenth place, even though both Jaguars were powered by CR4 versions of the Cosworth V10 for free practice and qualifying. This was in part due to only completing six laps in qualifying due to a gearbox hydraulic pump leak.
“Michael Schumacher held me up on my first run, but my second run was clean. I lost most of the session while the team addressed the gearbox oil pump issue and because of this, I missed out on two flying laps which would probably have taken me a little further up the grid. Given the pressure at the time, the team did an excellent job of getting me back out before the end of the session and let’s now hope we can make something of this tomorrow,” said Irvine.
|Jaguar||1 pts||The gearbox problem in de la Rosa?s car that forced him out of the race on lap thirty-three.
On lap thirty-three Pedro de la Rosa’s race came to a premature end when his Jaguar’s gearbox developed a terminal problem.
|Jaguar||1 pts||The overheating problem in Irvine?s car that caused the gearbox to fail on lap forty-one.
Irvine’s race came to an early end on lap forty-one. The Jaguar was running too hot, probably due to all the blossom on the track clogging the radiators in the car’s side pods. Irvine was forced to retire the car when it’s gearbox ceased to function.
“A frustrating end to our Canadian Grand Prix, but that’s motor racing. Everything was going to plan until the pit stop when we noticed the increasing temperature readouts. We had no choice at that stage but to carry on, but in the end it proved to be a terminal problem when I lost drive on lap 42,” Irvine explained.
|2002 – European Grand Prix|
|Jaguar||4 pts||The hydraulic leak and fire suffered by de la Rosa?s car in Saturday Free practice.
De la Rosa suffered a hydraulic leak and then a fire during the Saturday Free Practice sessions. This prevented him from completing any laps in either session before the afternoon’s qualifying hour. This did not prove to be too much of a handicap to the Spaniard; he was still able to out-qualify his teammate, Irvine who slotted into the grid in seventeenth, one place behind de la Rosa.
|Jaguar||4 pts||The loss of hydraulic pressure that forced Irvine to pull into the pits to retire from the race on lap fort-one.
Eddie Irvine’s woeful weekend came to an early conclusion on the forty-first lap of the race. Not long after Eddie had re-joined the race from his pitstop, the team’s telemetry indicated that there was a loss in hydraulic pressure and, the Irishman was forced to retire from the race. He had hoped to make it to the chequered flag but was not too surprised with the outcome.
“That was a very difficult race to contest, but no more than I expected. This is a very tough circuit and places maximum demand on aerodynamic capabilities – something we have not mastered yet with this car,” Irvine said. “I started well and from 17th on the grid, I managed to force myself into 14th. Our heavy fuel load meant that we were sitting targets for the others on a two-stopper but in all honestly, there was very little we could do out there today. I also suffered as I entered the pit lane for my pit stop. On entry into the pitlane, the car stepped out on me and spun, which cost me some time. All in all, a weekend to forget.”
|2002 – British Grand Prix|
|Jaguar||7 pts||Lauda?s attempts to keep Arrows out of the Grand Prix.
Arrows were present at their home grand prix but they were devoid of engines. An unpaid bill to Cosworth resulted in the confiscation of vital electronic parts of the team’s engines. The bill was more than two months over due and the race stewards had already made exceptional provisions to allow the Arrows cars to be presented at scrutineering a day late. Before the team arrived at the race they though they would have been able to use the Cosworth engines until Lauda decided to put the kibosh on the interim deal that Cosworth and Ford had hammered out with Arrows. Lauda could hardly been blamed for treating the Arrows team in this way given that they had been out performing the woeful jaguar outfit all season. Unfortunately for Lauda a solution was reached and Arrows went on to outperform the Jaguar cars all weekend.
|Jaguar||7 pts||The woeful performance of the much touted R3b.
The British Grand Prix saw the debut of the much-touted Jaguar R3b. The car was sporting a completely revised aerodynamic package including new wings, engine cover and undertray as evaluated at Barcelona the previous Thursday and Friday. It was an unremarkable debut for the car, the Jaguar drivers finishing the day in thirteenth and fifteenth positions. This would have been a climb up the grid if a certain two orange cars were absent from the times sheets due to a lack of engine power. Lauda would hardly have been lamenting his decision not to let Arrows have the components they needed, in full knowledge that they would struggle to pay their debt.
|Jaguar||7 pts||The water leak on de la Rosa?s car in qualifying that saw him spin off the track
De la Rosa spun off on his first run in qualifying after a water leak spewed coolant over his rear tyres. Then he lost a long time in the pits while the team tried to rectify a misfire. Eventually took the spare R3 set up for Irvine and squeezed in as last qualifier.
|2002 – French Grand Prix|
|Jaguar||1 pts||De la Rosa? hydraulic problem in qualifying.
Jaguar’s R3b chassis was working well during free practice and they sustained the momentum coming into qualifying when they used Cosworth’s CR4 engine. However, de la Rosa’s efforts were blunted frustrated by hydraulic problems that affected the throttle control on his race car and then a front wheel sensor problem in the spare car.
“Given that Eddie has qualified in a superb 9th place, I am very disappointed with my qualifying session. There is very little to add to what Niki has already said. My race car developed a hydraulic pressure loss and even though the T-car was set- up for me, it developed a series of problems, which eventually prevented me from improving on my first timed lap,” de la Rosa said.
|Jaguar||1 pts||de la Rosa?s wheel sensor problem in qualifying.
Pedro de la Rosa’s qualifying session was not glitch free. His race car was sidelined when it developed a hydraulic problem that effected its throttle. They after he switched to the spare car he was the plagued with a wheel sensor problem.
De la Rosa: “The car felt very good, the best it has been all year. But it is disappointing that the one time the car is good we end up having problems.”
|Jaguar||1 pts||Irvine?s rear wing failure in the race.
On lap fifty-three Irvine was eliminated from the race in shocking fashion when the rear wing on his R3b failed pitching the green car into a spin on the straight, coming to a rest in the gravel trap. Irvine was quite blasé about the incident claiming that he was not frightened.
“That probably looked a lot more spectacular than it actually felt from inside the car. All I remember feeling is that the rear of the car just snapped at what must have been around 310kph. Luckily, it happened at the best place to have a failure on this circuit and the car simply slid into the gravel. Up until that point, I was really enjoying the race and the charge towards Jenson Button in 6th place,” Irvine said. “I was catching Jenson and given that he had another stop to make, a precious point could have been possible here.”
|2003 – Australian Grand Prix|
|Jaguar||4 pts||Webber’s suspension failure
Mark Webber’s home race came to a disappointing end. On lap sixteen he had to
"To have retired from fifth place at my home race is a little disappointing
|Jaguar||4 pts||Pizzonia’s suspension failure
On lap fifty-three, both Jaguar’s Antonio Pizzonia and Jordan’s Giancarlo Fisichella
After two pit stops, Antonio had settled into repeatable twelfth place but
"I am disappointed on one hand about not finishing but encouraged by the
|Jaguar||4 pts||Complaining about their driver’s errors in Friday qualifying
After a lack lustre Friday qualifying session Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia
were left languishing in fourteenth and nineteenth places respectively. Jaguar
were one of the teams who had opted for Friday morning’s test session and the
extra time on the track had left them in a strong position coming into the session.
However, the drivers were not as finely tuned as the cars and Dr Mark Gillan-
Head of Ford Vehicle Performance was all too quick to highlight his driver’s shortcomings
to shield the Jaguar band.
"The new one-lap qualifying certainly lived up to the spectacle that it
|2003 – Malaysian Grand Prix|
|Jaguar||1 pts||Pizzonia’s fuel pick-up problem that caused him to miss his slot in qualifying 1
It was Antonio Pizzonia’s first time at the Sepang circuit and coming into qualifying
Jaguar’s concerns coming into Friday’s qualifying session as an embarrassing
"A disappointing start to the weekend. I managed to get over 40 laps
|Jaguar||1 pts||Webber’s clutch problems during his 1st pit stop
After he had cleverly avoided the first corner incident, Jaguar’s Mark Webber had moved up to eight place. On lap fifteen, his pit stop cost him considerable amount of time due to a clutch issue that delayed his exit by almost thirty seconds. Webber re-joined the race in 12th place.
|Jaguar||1 pts||Webber’s oil consumption problem that forced him to retire on lap 35
Mark Webber’s race ended on lap thirty-five when he pulled into the Jaguar garage
"Disappointing, yes, but there is a lot to be encouraged about when
|2003 – San Marino Grand Prix|
|Jaguar||4 pts||The launch control problem that caused Pizzonia’s car to stall at the start
Car problems plagued Antonio Pizzonia all weekend and they were set to continue
At the start of the race the Jaguar failed to respond and it’s engine stalled,
"The bad news from today is obvious but the good news is that a Jaguar
|Jaguar||4 pts||Webber’s lap 51 drive-shaft failure
Webber’s race had been both punctuated and ended by bad luck. After a sparkling
performance in qualifying, Webber started the race on fifth position but lost
seven places when the five red lights extinguished due to a launch control glitch.
He had battled his way through the field only to speed in the pit-lane and incur
a drive through penalty.
Just when it seemed he had left his troubles behind his R4′ drive shaft shattered
|2003 – Spanish Grand Prix|
|Jaguar||5 pts||Pizzonia?s launch control failure that saw him being taken out of the race from behind by Kimi Raikkonen
Pizzonia?s first four races had not been what he had hoped. He had been outpaced by teammate Mark Webber and Jaguar had instigated moves to replace him by the next Grand Prix at Austria.
It was the popular opinion Pizzonia had to prove himself at the Spanish race to secure his drive but the trend that he established at the start of the season continued. After qualifying in sixteenth, four places behind his teammate; the young Brazilian was psychologically prepared to do his utmost in the race but his efforts were cut short for the second successive Grand Prix when his launch control failed at the start.
The stalled Jaguar was a sitting duck and the fast staring McLaren of Kimi Raikkonen piled into the back of the R4, destroying both cars. Unlike at the last race at Imola, Pizzonia was out immediately; his mechanics could hardly push a wreck into the pit-lane to start its engine.
“I am very disappointed indeed. We achieved some good work on the car this weekend and up until the race, I think we generated more mileage over the past two days than anyone. With that in mind, it is very unfortunate not to have taken advantage of that in the race,” Antonio said. “Quite simply, the launch control system failed ? exactly as it did in Imola ? and unfortunately for Kimi, he was a victim of the fallout. The team will undertake an investigation into this and in the meantime, I will focus my efforts onto our Paul Ricard test next week. As demonstrated in the race today, the car is clearly competitive and I am looking forward to racing the R4 in Austria in two weeks from now.”
Failing to support their failing driver, Antonio Pizzonia
After Antonio Pizzonia had suffered a lacklustre start to his Formula One career with Jaguar, resulting in his position in the team coming under threat. The team?s top-level management had been openly critical of the Brazilian and they had pulled out every stop to attempt to replace him with McLaren?s test driver, Alexander Wurz.
McLaren?s boss, Ron Dennis admitted on the Saturday that he has handed a proposal to Jaguar for the release of Wurz after Jaguar approached him. Dennis told reporters that he was making the Austrian available but the offer was non-negotiable.
Dennis would not reveal the details of the proposal, or the price he was demanding, although it was speculated to be in region of one million US dollars a compromise on the $1.75 million originally requested. Jaguar would also have to take over the Austrian’s contract until 2005.
All in all Pizzonia?s performances in comparison to Webber?s had not been as pathetic as a cursory glance indicated.
For all purposes, it seemed Pizzonia?s talent was being squandered given that the team were unable give the Brazilian driver the support he needed.
He had suffered more car failures than his more experienced teammate Webber prompting Formula One insiders suggested that Jaguar should have taken a long hard look at their infrastructure rather than turning Pizzonia into a “scapegoat.” After all, Stewart Grand Prix was virtually a front running team when Ford bought the outfit from Jackie Stewart in 1999. Rebranded as Jaguar, the race-winning squad quickly metamorphosed into “tail end Charlies.”
However, although the Brazilian was a superb test driver his performances in F3000 were poor to say the least. Maybe Jaguar had a point.