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May 28 2004

EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX - FRIDAY PRACTICE SESSIONS

Weather: Dry and Sunny Track Temp: 36 degrees Air temp: 16 degrees

Jaguar Racing drivers Mark Webber (27), Christian Klien (21) and Björn Wirdheim (24) were all back out on track today at the Nurburgring (Germany) to practice for the seventh round of the Formula One World Championship. They completed the two practice sessions placing their cars 12th, 19th and 17th respectively. Mark completed a total of 35 laps and worked on tyre comparisons and general set-up. Christian also worked on tyre comparison as well as additional performance tests and totalled 26 laps. In the second session he suffered a spin under braking but the car was back on track in time for the end of the session. Björn completed his installation lack but discovered a fuel leak that saw him miss out on some of the first session. His mechanics turned the car around quickly to get him back out in time for the end of the session. His second practice was productive and he was satisfied with the balance of the car. The team will now be focusing on their tyre choice and set-up for tomorrow’s qualifying and further towards the race.

Mark Webber Position: 12th Best time: 1:30.466 Chassis: R5- 04
I spent most of today working on tyres. The car is well balanced around here and it feels pretty good. The guys have done a good job turning everything around in time since last weekend so I will be looking to reward them with a competitive qualifying position tomorrow. The weather plays a huge role here at this track so anything could happen tomorrow, I am looking forward to it.

Christian Klien Position : 19th Best time : 1:32.217 Chassis : R5 - 01
I like this track and the car is comfortable around it. I had a productive session first thing when I was working on a few performance tests but this afternoon I was braking hard when the rear of the car went and I could do little to stop it going off-track. I was fortunate that I was near a good run-off area and the car was fine. The mechanics checked it over and I was back out for the end of the second session. I am excited about tomorrow and qualifying as we have a good car and it would be good to see it as high up the grid as possible.

Björn Wirdheim Position : 17th Best time: 1 :31.780 Chassis : R5 -05
My morning started slightly slower than I have anticipated as I had a minor fuel leak on my installation lap. My mechanics took the car apart incredibly quickly and I was back out for the end of the session. I know this track and enjoy driving it so this made my job easier today. I have been helping the team with tyre comparisons and I know that this information will be invaluable for them tonight when they have to makre their tyre choices. The R5 is feeling good on the track and mine was well balanced.

Dr Mark Gillan Head of Vehicle Performance
A productive day for us here at the Nurburgring as we worked through a full test programme with all three of our drivers. Mark worked mostly on tyre comparisons as he knows this track well and is satisfied with the balance and general set-up on his R5. Christian also knows this track quite well although he suffered a spin under braking which forced him off-track. The track personnel did a good job to bring the car back to the garage and we had him back behind the wheel by the end of the session. Björn has done a good job today and he managed 35 laps despite at one stage suffering a fuel leak. We sorted this out very quickly and he did not lose much time as a result. He has been spending most of his time on tyre comparisons and balance. Overall a pleasing day for us and we are very much looking forward to getting back out on track tomorrow working towards a good race and qualifying balance.

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