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1999 Formula One Season Cars: Bar 01

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Published May 31st 2010
ISBN : 9781156314975
34 pages
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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: The BAR 01 was the car with which the British American Racing Formula One team used to compete in the 1999 Formula One season, its inaugural year in the series after purchasing Tyrrell. It was driven by Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 Champion who had left Williams in order to work with Team Principal Craig Pollock, his manager and good friend. The second driver was Ricardo Zonta, the 1997 Formula 3000 champion and 1998 FIA GT champion, although Mika Salo would deputise early in the season after the Brazilian injured his ankle at Interlagos. Despite the driving pedrigree of Villeneuve and Zonta, and the technical experience of Reynard Motorsports, the year was a disaster for the team, especially after Adrian Reynard aimed to secure the pole position and race victory in its first race. The cars were usually quite competitive and looked like points-scoring contenders on several occasions, but reliability was terrible, with Villeneuve alone failing to finish the first eleven races of the season. The end result was last in the constructors championship with no points, behind much smaller teams such as Minardi, Arrows and Sauber. Before the 1999 season had even started, BAR ran into trouble with the FIA. BAR wanted to have a different livery on each car, as their showcars did. Jacques Villeneuves car was to display Lucky Strike branding and Ricardo Zontas car to have 555 branding. The FIAs regulations state that both cars must have the same liveries, with only minor differences such as the car number, drivers nationality flag and name. A quick-fix design was created by having a dual livery where one side of the car had Lucky Strike branding and the other side had 555 branding. Both of these were cigarette brands owned by the teams parent compa... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=7547396