BAR 003

The BAR 003 was the car with which the British American Racing team competed in the 2001Formula 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.

2001 Formula One season car
BAR 003
Category Formula One
Constructor BAR
Designer(s) Malcolm Oastler(Technical Director)
Andrew Green(Chief Designer)
Willem Toet(Head of Aerodynamics)
Predecessor 002
Successor 004
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon-fibremonocoque
Suspension (front) independent, pushrod-activated, inboard spring
Suspension (rear) independent, pushrod-activated, inboard spring
Engine Honda RA001E 3.0-litre V10 (90°) naturally aspiratedmid-engine
Transmission BAR/Xtrac 6-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
Power 800 hp @ 17,000 rpm[1]
Lubricants Nisseki Mitsubishi
Tyres Bridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrants Lucky Strike BAR Honda
Notable drivers 9. Olivier Panis
10. Jacques Villeneuve
Debut 2001 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
17 0 0 0
Constructors’ Championships 0
Drivers’ Championships 0

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Jacques Villeneuve driving the 003 at the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix.

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.

BAR used ‘Lucky Strike’ logos in all other competitions except the French and British Grands Prix, and ‘EA Sports‘ logos in the United States.

(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
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

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