British American Racing (BAR) were a Formula One team that competed in the sport between 1999 & 2005. They bought out Ken Tyrrell’s operation and boasted that they would win their first grand prix, having hired Canadian Jacques Villeneuve from Williams and rookie Ricardo Zonta.
However their first season was a massive disappointment, and were the only team that year not to score a point. Zonta even missed three races due to an injury picked up at his home grand prix at Interlagos and was replaced by Finnish driver Mika Salo. 2000 was better, scoring a double-points finish in the first race of the year, and placed 5th in the final standings. 2001 saw Villeneuve get onto the podium twice, but new teammate Olivier Panis only managed two points finishes in another relatively disappointing year for the team, where they finished 6th in the championship scoring three points less than the previous year. 2002 was even worse, a total of 7 points and a lowly 8th place finish in the championship.
Villeneuve acquired another new teammate in Jenson Button in 2003, but it was Button who was the dominant driver, and Villeneuve was replaced for the final race of the year at Suzuka by Japanese driver Takuma Sato, who immediately scored points. 2004 was undoubtably the best year the BAR team had, with Button scoring 10 podiums on route to third in the championship table, while the team placed second behind Ferrari in the constructors table. They couldn’t maintain the momentum in 2005 however, and were banned for two races for running with illegal cars. Anthony Davidson stepped in for a poorly Takuma Sato in Malaysia but both cars retired early with engine issues. The team slipped to 6th in the constructors table despite two podiums for Button. At the end of the year they were bought out by Honda.
Jacques Villeneuve – Canada – 16 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 8th in Italy
Ricardo Zonta – Brazil – 12 Starts, 1 DNQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 8th in Europe
Mika Salo – Finland – 3 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 7th in San Marino
Jacques Villeneuve – Canada – 17 Starts, 17 Points, Best Finish 4th in Australia, France, Austria & United States
Ricardo Zonta – Brazil – 17 Starts, 3 Points, Best Finish 6th in Australia, Italy & United States
Olivier Panis – France – 17 Starts, 5 Points, Best Finish 4th in Brazil
Jacques Villeneuve – Canada – 17 Starts, 12 Points, Best Finish 3rd in Spain & Germany
Jacques Villeneuve – Canada – 17 Starts, 4 Points, Best Finish 4th in Great Britain
Olivier Panis – France – 17 Starts, 3 Points, Best Finish 5th in Great Britain
Jacques Villeneuve – Canada – 14 Starts, 1 DNS, 2 Points, Best Finish 6th in Brazil & Italy
Takuma Sato – Japan – 1 Start, 1 Point, Best Finish 6th in Japan
Jenson Button – Great Britain – 15 Starts, 1 DNS, 23 Points, Best Finish 4th in Austria & Japan
Jenson Button – Great Britain – 18 Starts, 85 Points, Best Finish 2nd in San Marino, Monaco, Germany & China
Takuma Sato – Japan – Japan – 18 Starts, 34 Points, Best Finish 3rd in United States
Jenson Button – Great Britain – 15 Starts, 1 DNS, 1 DQ, 37 Points, Best Finish 3rd in Germany & Belgium
Takuma Sato – Japan – 14 Starts, 1 DNS, 2 DQ, 1 Point, Best Finish 8th in Hungary
Anthony Davidson – Great Britain – 1 Start, 0 Points, Did not Finish any race.