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Lauda: Things can only get worse
Jaguar chief Niki Lauda warned today things are about to get even worse for his struggling Formula One team.
As they head for the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona this weekend, Lauda said the aerodynamic problems which have dogged the team in the opening four races of the season are still are a long way from being solved.
"It's been a tough start to the season and this weekend will certainly go a long way towards making it tougher," said Lauda.
"We know the Catalunya circuit really well having completed thousands of kilometres in testing but, irrespective of that, the Spanish Grand Prix will pose big challenges.
"It's an outright aero circuit and until we have solved the aerodynamic issues on the Jaguar R3, we will unfortunately continue to struggle on tracks like this."
In an effort to solve the team's problems, a new wind tunnel has been in operation for the past two weeks at their English base and has been operating for 16 hours a day.
Jaguar has also recruited two more aerodynamicists - Mark Gillan from McLaren and Peter Matchin from Arrows.
Eddie Irvine, who has clinched the team's only points this season with a fourth place finish in the opening race in Australia, is just as downbeat as his boss about his and teammate Pedro de la Rosa's prospects this weekend.
"Until we find a solution to the car's aerodynamic problems, the next few races will be very tough," said the Northern Irishman.
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.