Jaguar keen to get to Monaco

Jaguar Racing travels to Monaco next week with two more points in the bag from Austria. The team now has the wind in its sails, after wallowing too long in the doldrums of midfield mediocrity, but is preparing for any eventuality

Jaguar keen to get to Monaco

"The factory is well prepared for the weekend, in term of spare parts, and of course there is no reason for us not to aim for a good qualifying position that would put us in line to receive some more points," said managing director David Pitchforth.

"Monaco is the tightest circuit on the calendar and thus the risks involved are higher. You need high downforce and a set of tyres that complement the car and I am confident that we will achieve this balance."

A busy interim period for both drivers included visits to the Jaguar Racing factory in Milton Keynes and to engine supplier, Cosworth, helping to build morale. Mark Webber won the F3000 race in Monaco in 2001 and is looking forward to the prospect of a hat-trick of points winning performances.

"This is one of the races that demands the skill of the driver to shine through in order to make a difference to your qualifying position," said the Australian. "They have made a few changes to the Rascasse this year so I am interested to see how it all works out.

"One of my favourite parts of the track is the tunnel and the chicane just after it, as well as the entry to Casino Square. One thing is for sure, this race is never dull."

Team-mate Antonio Pizzonia can't wait to prove his doubters wrong, and where better than a track acknowledged for its difficulty, in a town where he lives for much of the season?

"I can't wait to get into my Jaguar at Monaco," he said. "I have raced there twice in Formula 3000, and like the track a lot, and know it will be even more fun in a Formula One car. I usually drive round on my scooter to make sure I know the corners, but you only get the real feel for the track once the barriers are put up.

"I have achieved what people say is very difficult in Monaco - an overtaking manoeuvre - in F3000. That weekend I was quickest in the first session, lost most of the second session, started seventh and finished fourth."

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