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Jaguar's best grid position yet 05 Apr 2003

Mark Webber (AUS) Jaguar Cosworth R4.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos, Brazil, 5 April 2003

Jaguar Racing chief Tony Purnell was left literally speechless by the performance of Mark Webber in qualifying.

Right up until the final sector the Australian was on target for pole position, and only just lost out on the honour by fractions of a second to take third slot on the grid behind Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard.

"I'm a bit surprised, really," Purnell said eventually. "I think he might have made a mistake in the final sector, but it may be that the tyres were going off. But is was stellar, absolutely stellar."

Webber himself was also quite pleased.

"I lost a bit in Turn Nine but it was a good lap and I'm happy," he said. "As a team we've done well all weekend. We've had a tough start to the year and we've yet to see a chequered flag, so we want to see some points on the board tomorrow."

Jaguar took a relatively conservative route all through Saturday, building on Webber's excellent performance in the wet the previous day. He had forecast a top five grid position, but in the end he did even better than that.

"We figured it was best to stick with the beast you know," he added, "and hope she looks after you."

The R4 certainly did that, helping the team to its best-ever starting place.