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Rahal Optimistic After First-Ever Podium

Monday May 28th, 2001

Team boss Bobby Rahal underlined Jaguar's Formula One ambition after Eddie Irvine scored the team's first-ever podium at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. The team benefitted from an improved aerodynamic package to shoot up the rankings and Rahal admitted he was delighted with their improved form and was optimistic for the future.

"Jaguar Racing is not here to make up the numbers and our long-term goal is to win the world championship," said Rahal. "Taking third place alongside the Ferraris at Monaco is one small step and I'm delighted with our achievement."

And after praising his team he announced the next step on Jaguar's rise to the top will be attaining constant pace.

"The magnitude of the task ahead of us cannot be overstated enough and the challenge now is to turn this maiden podium into consistency," he added.

"We have faced many critics in the past few weeks and I hope today's result proves that we are making progress. But that takes time, resources, stability and consistency."

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