Monday January 28th, 2002
Jaguar Racing are confident they can rectify problems with the front-wing of their R3 car, but a solution will take at least two weeks to implement.
The Milton Keynes-based team admitted last week that they have problems with the front wing of the new car, and withdrew from a testing session at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. German Andre Lotterer was used to perform straight-line testing in Lurcy-Levis in France instead and Jaguar now have extensive data to work with to find the root of the aerodynamic problem.
"It was a very positive test," a spokesperson for Jaguar Racing said. "We've now got a much better idea where the problem lies. It has been very productive and the modifications will be put in course over the next couple of weeks. It is not a problem that has the season written off."
Ulsterman Eddie Irvine and Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa tested last year's R2 in Barcelona over the weekend and made progress in testing parts for this year's challenger. The spokesperson added that the problems experienced with the front wing was not a big surprise following an early launch on January 4.
"No team rolls a car out of the box and is pleased with it all round," the spokesperson added. "That is the nature of testing in pre-season. Life could be better as far as the downforce is concerned, but it is no surprise. We launched the car early because we have no wind tunnel on our doorstep.
"We wanted to get the car out and go from there and lo and behold it was no big surprise."
Jaguar, who will take a break from testing at Barcelona on Tuesday and Wednesday following extensive work over the weekend, expect a cure for the problem to take two weeks to find. The spokesperson said: "Progress has been made and we are moving from A to B. We still know that there is work to do and we are working methodically through.
"We are working to fix the problem, but it is only the front wing and not the whole car. It will take a couple of weeks to put right."
Published at 14:12:21 GMT