BAR wish Panis all the best

Following Toyota's recent announcement that Olivier Panis will be joining the team in 2003, Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda are delighted for Olivier and we offer him our very best wishes for the future. We have a long-term agreement with Jenson Button...

Following Toyota's recent announcement that Olivier Panis will be joining the team in 2003, Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda are delighted for Olivier and we offer him our very best wishes for the future.

We have a long-term agreement with Jenson Button starting from 2003, and with one year remaining on Jacques Villeneuve's contract we were unable to offer Olivier a race seat with B.A.R next year. Olivier wanted to continue racing and made us fully aware of his intention to secure a drive with another team. We are delighted that he has reached a two-year agreement with Toyota to do so.

Olivier has played a significant role in B.A.R's development over the last couple of years and he will be greatly missed by everyone in the team. He is a great character whose committed application to the job has always remained constant. We wish him every success.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Olivier Panis , Jacques Villeneuve