Atlas F1 News Service, a Reuters report

Irvine Cautious about Jaguar's Chances

Wednesday February 28th, 2001

Eddie Irvine, today, at Bondi Beach, SydneyA cautious Eddie Irvine said on Wednesday he did not want to make any predictions on how his Jaguar team would fare at this weekend's season's opening Australian Grand Prix.

The Northern Irishman was last week rebuked by Jaguar boss Bobby Rahal for criticising the new cars as "too slow" and the technical team "understaffed" but was more guarded in his assessment on Wednesday.

"Our performance in testing has been ambiguous. We don't really know how fast we are," Irvine said.

"To be honest I don't really know how we are going to perform against the other teams."

Irvine, who took the checkered flag at the 1999 Australian Grand Prix behind the wheel of a Ferrari, did say it was unrealistic to think Jaguar would be among the front-runners this season.

But the 35-year-old said he did expect them to improve as the year went with a view towards 2002.

"I think this year we'll start a bit slower and gradually build," he said. "Progressing the car is the big thing we are trying to achieve this year."

Jaguar's new number two driver, Luciano Burti, has only driven in one Formula One race before, filling in for Irvine at last year's Austrian Grand Prix, finishing 11th.

The Brazilian secured a fulltime drive for the season but was coy about his prospects.

"It's my first full season so I have the chance to do a good job this year. We must do a better job than we did last year," he said.

"We really just have to find out where we are after the first race and go from there."



Latest Headlines:
<<  Previous  |  Feb News  |  News Index |  Next  >>
*(03-16-2005): Badoer Continues Testing at Fiorano
*(03-16-2005): Fisichella Aims to Win Again in Malaysia
*(03-16-2005): Davidson Lined Up for Villeneuve's Drive
*(03-16-2005): Preview: Raikkonen Aims to Stop Renault
*(03-16-2005): Malaysia Preview Quotes: Jordan


© 2005 Reuters Limited. Click for restrictions | © 1995-2005 Kaizar.Com, Inc. Copyright & Terms
 

  < Previous | Next >


  Feb 2001 Index

  Current News Index


  Email to Friend

  Newsroom:

   2004 at a Glance
   2004 Standings
   2005 Calendar
   2005 Line-Up
   Drivers Bio
   Teams Info
   Testing Center



  General:

   Homepage
   Magazine
   News Service
   Grapevine
   Photo Gallery
   My Atlas
   Bulletin Board
   Chat Service
   Shop @ Atlas
   Search & Archive
   FORIX
   Help