Jaguar Racing launched its 2004 race car, the Jaguar R5, at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on Sunday. Using last year’s R4 as its platform, the team hopes to snatch more points this year than it did in 2003.
Said David Pitchforth, the managing director of Jaguar Racing: “This car is a repetition of a car that we already understand pretty well and a car that had many strengths. I would never say that we got to grips with every problem on last year’s but one of the things we have resisted doing on R5 is changing things simply because we didn’t understand them.”
“Even if we carry over some of the problems that R4 had, it is better to run something whose quirks you believe you can fix than take a gamble on something new.”
Nick Hayes, Cosworth Racing’s technical director, said about the engine: “The CR6-V10 engine is a development of last year’s engine, so it remains a 90-degree V10, but we have new longer-life requirements in 2004 thanks to the rule that means we can only use one engine over a whole Grand Prix weekend. A lot of the components in a 2003 engine wouldn’t last for much more than a race, let alone a whole weekend, so much of our recent work was to extend the lifespan without hurting performance. It will certainly be a challenging season for all engines on the grid!”
In his second season with the team, Mark Webber said: “I had the opportunity to straight-line test the car last week and the initial results were pleasing. This year we will have to work on our race performances as they have been a weaker area for us in the past.”
Webber also hopes to land his first podium finish this year.
“I would love to see my first podium but I wouldn't be totally distraught if it didn't happen,” he said.
Joining Mark is Formula One’s newest driver, Austrian Christian Klien, who joined just over seven weeks ago.
“I could not have asked for a better opportunity to the start off my F1 challenge. I cannot wait to get into the new car and begin what will be a very intense few weeks of testing.”
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