Wilson 'very disappointed' at DNF

Justin Wilson's first grand prix for Jaguar Racing ended in disappointment when he was forced to retire after he sustained damage to his car following a first corner accident with Jacques Villeneuve and Ralph Firman before suffering transmission failure

Wilson 'very disappointed' at DNF

Wilson has been the subject of enormous hype in the British national press since replacing Antonio Pizzonia in the Jaguar squad and hit the headlines again on Saturday having set the seventh fastest time in Friday qualifying - faster than both the Ferraris.

Saturday's qualifying brought the Englishman back to earth when he failed to make the most of his Michelin tyres and qualified 16th, more than a second adrift of his team-mate Mark Webber.

"I lost a fair bit of time in the last sector but that's where my inexperience with Jaguar and Michelin (tyres) comes in," he said. "While I am not making any excuses, the fact is that I have never driven the car in anger until this weekend and consequently my knowledge of the Michelin tyre performance is limited."

Wilson was hoping the race would be better but alas the accident between Kimi Raikkonen, Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher triggered a chain reaction down the field that he simply couldn't avoid, and although Jaguar repaired his front suspension he was forced to call it a day after nine laps when what he really needed more than anything was race laps in the car.

"I am very disappointed indeed," said Wilson. "The charge towards the first corner was very strange in that I came into the corner and literally everyone in front of me braked early because of the accident. I then saw Villeneuve cutting in front of me and he hit my front left. As I took action to avoid him, Ralph Firman hit me from behind.

"The team did an amazing job of fixing the car and getting me back out but a transmission problem forced my retirement. It's been quite a weekend for me all in all, I walk away having learned an awful, albeit with so much more to learn.

shares
comments
Renault to Announce 2004 Driver Line-Up Soon
Previous article

Renault to Announce 2004 Driver Line-Up Soon

Next article

Judge Slams Jordan for 'Unsustainable' Claim

Judge Slams Jordan for 'Unsustainable' Claim
The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1 Plus

The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1

Gordon Murray's Brabham BT46B 'fan car' was Formula 1 engineering at perhaps its most outlandish. Now fan technology has been successfully utilised on the McMurtry Speirling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, could it be adopted by grand prix racing once again?

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold Plus

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24 into a winning car with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. And now it’s happening again at his current team, but can the rate of progress be matched this year?

Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell Plus

Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior

Formula 1
Aug 9, 2022
The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat Plus

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat

After being ditched by McLaren earlier in his F1 career Sergio Perez fought his way back into a seat with a leading team. BEN EDWARDS thinks the same could be happening to another member of the current grid

Formula 1
Aug 8, 2022
How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay Plus

How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay

Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…

Formula 1
Aug 7, 2022
Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre? Plus

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre?

Formula 1 has ambitious goals for improving its carbon footprint, but could this include banishing its favoured composite material? PAT SYMONDS considers the alternatives to carbonfibre and what use, if any, those materials have in a Formula 1 setting

Formula 1
Aug 6, 2022
How Russell has proven he deserves to be Hamilton's Mercedes heir Plus

How Russell has proven he deserves to be Hamilton's Mercedes heir

He’s fast, he’s smart, and he’s already shown he’s not going to let Max Verstappen intimidate him. George Russell won’t say it, but LUKE SMITH says he’s ready to take the lead at Mercedes when Lewis Hamilton moves on to a quieter life. And – whisper it – Mercedes and Lewis are starting to think so too

Formula 1
Aug 5, 2022
The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin move Plus

The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin move

Fernando Alonso’s bombshell switch to Aston Martin sent shockwaves through Formula 1, not least at Alpine that finds itself tangled in a contract standoff with Oscar Piastri. Not shy of a bold career move and with a CV punctuated by them, there were numerous hints that trouble was brewing

Formula 1
Aug 4, 2022