Jaguar looking for 'home race' high

Jaguar Racing heads to Silverstone with high expectations of another points finish as the reliability and consistent performance of this year's R4 continues to pay dividends, although the team is mindful of the 'home race' jinx that has plagued it in the past

Jaguar looking for 'home race' high

Testing in Barcelona last week turned up no problems whatsoever though and this allowed the team to hone its Michelin tyre set-ups for the weekend, something that could prove crucial as the tyre war appears to be going the way of the French company right now.

"The R4 is running well and I am certainly pleased with the progress that we are making on its reliability," said Mark Webber. "A few more points in the bag from the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours helped keep the motivation high and lets us know that we are taking steps in the right direction.

"My testing at Barcelona last week was productive and I suffered no issues with the car that in turn allowed us to generate a huge data bank. The tyres are working extremely well for us at the moment but I know that Michelin like us will be hoping for good weather this weekend."

The team's managing director David Pitchforth is keen to capitalise on the team's good progress this season and thus developments will continue to appear on the R4 right until the end of the season. "We are constantly developing the car and with six races still left on the calendar we hope to bring some of these developments to the track," he said. "We tested at Silverstone in June so we have been able to gather a good amount of data on the R4 already and will be looking to make the most of this and Friday testing over the weekend."

Webber is looking forward to Silverstone, a track which he has already won twice on during grand prix weekends in F3000 and British Formula 3, and can't wait to return: "Becketts corner is great fun so to be honest I am keen to just enjoy the weekend and certainly it makes a nice change not to have to fly to get to this race.

"I am a local resident too so I would like to give the fans something to cheer about although of course being a local I know that the weather is not always what you would hope for. Let's see what we can do and hope that the fact it is the team's home race does not count against us!"

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