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MONACO GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY QUALIFYING

22nd May 2004

Weather: Dry and Sunny

Track Temp: 40 – 44 degrees Air temp: 20 – 23 degrees

Jaguar Racing drivers Mark Webber (27) and Christian Klien (21) took to the track today to qualify for the 51st Monaco Grand Prix. This mornings practice offered a few challenges for the team after Mark’s car suffered a hydraulic leak that forced the team to move Mark’s engine into the T-car chassis. Despite an incredibly short turn-around time the mechanics did an outstanding job to deliver two cars for qualifying. Mark and Christian did a good job to qualify 12th and 14th respectively and are now preparing for the race tomorrow that will no doubt be an exciting and closely fought race.

Mark Webber Position: 12th
Best time: 1:15.725 Chassis: R5- 04

It’s been quite a busy weekend for us here in Monaco and the team has been doing a fantastic job on the cars. Although we have been up against a few tough deadlines we have learnt so much this weekend. There was a small hydraulic leak on my car today but we easily changed the engine over to the T-car and the guys did a good job on the balance and set-up. I really used my first qualifying session to check that all was good with the balance and I went into second qualifying hopeful of a good run. I am pleased with my 12th place considering the changes we have been making over the weekend to the car and if Ralf is penalised and moved ten places then I will be 11th. Tomorrow is going to be a good challenge and I am going to enjoy it and make the most of the R5.

Christian Klien Position: 14th
Best time: 1:15.919 Chassis: R5- 01

I am really pleased with how today has gone. This was my first time here at Monaco and the car feels good around here. I was certainly a bit nervous going out there to start as there really is no room for error. The team has done an amazing job this weekend on the car and they provided me with a really good set-up for my qualifying lap. I am looking forward to tomorrow and my first race round here, I have no doubt that there is going to be lots of activity on track.

Dr Mark Gillan

Head of Vehicle Performance

Christian has done a really good job this weekend and he should be very pleased with himself. This is a tricky track and he has done well to master it so quickly. His car is well balanced for the street circuit and I am pleased with his 14th position. Mark has had a slightly more difficult weekend here but again he has done a good job to put the car in 12th position. My thanks goes to the team , Cosworth and Michelin this weekend who have all worked incredibly hard to provide the drivers with two competitive cars for tomorrow’s race. We will be looking to make the most of any attrition on track and looking to our strategy to move us up the grid.

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