BAR follow McLaren and Ferrari

BAR follow McLaren and Ferrari

BAR is to follow the trend set by McLaren and Ferrari by starting the new season with the old car. Ferrari did not introduce the F2003-GA until the Spanish Grand Prix this year and McLaren have still yet to bring the MP4-18 into competition. BAR...

BAR is to follow the trend set by McLaren and Ferrari by starting the new season with the old car. Ferrari did not introduce the F2003-GA until the Spanish Grand Prix this year and McLaren have still yet to bring the MP4-18 into competition. BAR technical director Geoff Willis said the team will start next season with a hybrid version of this year's BAR 005.

Jenson Button and Geoff Willis.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"We are going to be testing what I describe as a hybrid car at the end of this year that will have this year's chassis with next year's engine, gearbox and rear suspension," Willis told the BAR website.

"In order to give us time to make the big step forward that we want for the 2004 race-car -- and also to start the year off very reliably -- we want to run this hybrid car in the opening long-haul grands prix of 2004."

The interim car is already being developed, with wind tunnel work ongoing and by September the focus will be entirely on the 2004 model. "As ever we are still trying to do everything," Willis said. "But we are already well underway with the gearbox design and doing wind tunnel tests plus work on the hybrid car's aero package."

"From now until the end of July, we will be focusing around 70% of our efforts on this year's car and 30% on next year's; then it will change over to 30/70 the other way. By September we will be concentrating 100% on next year's car."

BAR was testing extensively at the Silverstone circuit in the UK last week, with Takuma Sato on duty Tuesday and Jacques Villeneuve and Jenson Button taking over for Wednesday and Thursday. Second test driver Anthony Davidson did not take part due to recovering from a heavy crash in the Le Mans 24hrs last weekend.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Jenson Button , Jacques Villeneuve , Anthony Davidson , Geoff Willis
Teams Ferrari , McLaren