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Team Profiles: JAGUAR

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 September, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 September, 2004, 12:00am


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Jaguar have an excellent racing pedigree in other motorsports but only got involved with F1 in 2000, born of Stewart Grand Prix which was set up by Britain's most successful racing driver, former multiple world champion Sir Jackie Stewart, and his son Paul.

The drivers in that first season were Rubens Barrichello and Dane Jan Magnussen.

Managing director David Pitchforth and chief executive Tony Purnell have done much to transform the team into a leaner and meaner racing machine with a reputation for treating underperforming drivers ruthlessly.

Christian Klien, who is barely into his 20s, has made a rapid rise through the racing ranks and European Formula series. The Austrian has to deal with unfavourable comparisons with his massively talented teammate Mark Webber.

A name to conjure with, Webber debuted with Minardi and has gotten even better at Jaguar and the Australian is top of the shopping list for many teams, including Williams. He consistently reasserts his loyalty to Jaguar and had a couple of top 10 finishes this season but has been let down by the car on a few key occasions.

Webber is technically free to leave Jaguar because of a performance clause that has lapsed. Jaguar needed to be fifth or higher to keep him.

With safety a favourite concern of Sir Jackie, the Jaguar team will be comfortable knowing all that's possible has been done to make the cars as safe as can be.