Jaguar blames drivers for poor session

Jaguar Racing's head of vehicle performance, Mark Gillan, laid the blame for its poor first qualifying performance today (Friday) squarely at the door of its two new drivers after the opening day of the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne

Jaguar blames drivers for poor session

Gillan said he was encouraged by the performance of the R4, which was fifth fastest in free practice this morning in the hands of Mark Webber, but didn't spare his drivers' feelings when it came to explaining why both Webber and team-mate Antonio Pizzonia ended up towards the rear of the field.

"It's fair to say our car was better than the drivers today," he said. "Both Mark and Antonio made mistakes during their qualifying runs and while we are disappointed not to have done better, we walk away encouraged and pleased with the performance of the R4."

Webber, who was 15th quickest after a couple of slides, said: "I need to do a better job of controlling my aggression - something which ultimately cost me a much higher qualifying position today. I was simply trying too hard out there and made mistakes."

Rookie Pizzonia added: "From having had a handful of familiarisation laps straight into qualifying was not easy and, combined with my mistakes, the final lap time could have been much better - no doubt."

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