New aero men at Jaguar
Jaguar-Racing has announced the arrival of two new aerodynamicists to help with the aero development programme of the R3 contender.
Dr. Mark Gillan from McLaren and Peter Machin from Arrows will join the team over the next fortnight, both men being installed to work in conjunction with former Renault whiz Ben Agathangelou who joins in May 1.
‘Both will bring with them a new and experienced technical dimension to Jaguar Racing that will help accelerate our development path,’ said Team Principal Niki Lauda.
The reformed department will work in Jaguar’s new wind tunnel, located near the team’s base and which is now operating at 16 hours a day.
But with the team expecting to see results of the improvements later rather than sooner, the team heads into this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix knowing it will be a difficult and taxing encounter.
‘It’s been a tough start to the season and this weekend will certainly go some way towards making it tougher,’ Lauda said.
‘Of all the tracks on the calendar, we know the Circuit de Catalunya better than any of them. We have thousands of kilometres of testing under our belt at this track, but irrespective of our familiarity, the Spanish Grand Prix will pose big challenges for us this weekend. It’s an outright aero circuit and until we have solved the aerodynamic issues on the Jaguar R3, we will unfortunately struggle on tracks like this.
‘We are pushing forward on the aerodynamic development of R3 and until we find the answers that we’re looking for, we have little choice but to extract the best from the package we have. I don’t mean to sound downbeat or pessimistic – just realistic.
‘The only way we are going to take a major step forward this season will be through significant aerodynamic improvements. Wind tunnel work is extremely scientific in nature and the results from this meticulous work take time to generate.’
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