BAR 003

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BAR 003
Jacques Villeneuve 2001 Canada.jpg
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorBAR
Designer(s)Malcolm Oastler
Predecessor002
Successor004
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front)independent, pushrod-activated, inboard spring
Suspension (rear)independent, pushrod-activated, inboard spring
EngineHonda RA001E V10 (90°) naturally aspirated
TransmissionBAR/Xtrac 6-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
FuelENEOS
LubricantsNisseki Mitsubishi
TyresBridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrantsLucky Strike BAR Honda
Notable drivers9. France Olivier Panis
10. Canada Jacques Villeneuve
Debut2001 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
17000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The BAR 003 was the car with which the British American Racing team competed in the 2001 Formula One season. It was driven by Jacques Villeneuve, who was in his third year with the team, and Olivier Panis, who joined from a year out of racing as McLaren's test driver.

Overview[edit]

After the team's disastrous début season in 1999 had been partially redeemed by a promising display in 2000, hopes were high for regular podiums and even wins in 2001. However, the team took a step backwards. The car suffered from a handling problem, caused by a lack of rigidity in the chassis, which caused a slide in competitiveness as the year progressed, and was also often unreliable. The same could be said of the works Honda engines, which were also down-on-power compared to the units of the top teams. However, the team were still generally outpaced by rivals Jordan, whose EJ11 used the same engines.

The highlights were Villeneuve's two podium finishes at Catalunya and Hockenheim, but even these were achieved due to a high rate of attrition in both races. Villeneuve was pushed hard by Panis throughout the season, but the Frenchman was rewarded with little in the way of hard results.

The team eventually finished sixth in the Constructors' Championship, with 17 points.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
2001 BAR Honda V10 B AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN 17 6th
Olivier Panis 7 Ret 4 8 7 5 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 Ret 11 9 11 13
Jacques Villeneuve Ret Ret 7 Ret 3 8 4 Ret 9 Ret 8 3 9 8 6 Ret 10

References[edit]

  • Henry, Alan (ed.) (2001). AUTOCOURSE 2001-2002. Hazleton Publishing Ltd. pp. 76–78. ISBN 1-903135-06-0.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)