The Ex-Jacques Villeneuve/Olivier Panis 2001 BAR-Honda 003 Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater Chassis no. BAR003-004
For 2001 the very capable French driver Olivier Panis joined Jacques Villeneuve in the BAR-Honda team, and this particular model 003 chassis designed under the direction of Malcolm Oastler - was one of the former World Champion Drivers regular race cars. The model was a direct evolution of the preceding 2000-season design, featuring revised aerodynamics in line with the FIAs latest Formula 1 regulations.
The BAR 030 featured the third-longest wheelbase in Formula 1 behind Williams and Jaguar, and achieved decent reliability in covering 73.9 per cent of the seasons full race distance. New carbon-composite rear suspension was developed during the season while Ferrari-type high-exit exhausts were adopted in time for the years Spanish GP. BAR built eight chassis during the 2001 season, exceeded only by Ferrari and Williams who produced nine chassis each. One feature preferred by Olivier Panis was a super-sized brake pedal to which he could apply both feet on circuits presenting exceptionally high braking demand.
In Jacques Villeneuves hands, we are advised that chassis 004 as offered here finished seventh in the years Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, Sao Paulo, then a fine fourth around the Monte Carlo street circuit in the Monaco Grand Prix. It failed to finish in the years Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal, and failed again in the French event at Magny-Cours. However, Jacques Villeneuves luck improved in the German race at the Nurburgring, in which he finished ninth in chassis 004 now offered here, while at Silverstone he placed eight in the British Grand Prix. Best result of the season followed in 004 in the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring taking third place overall for an encouraging appearance upon the podium. In the Hungarian GP at Budapest he finished ninth and in the Belgian event at Spa-Francorchamps, eighth.
Chassis 004 was then driven by Olivier Panis in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang (failing to finish), and he finished eighth in the Italian GP at Monza, eleventh in the United States GP at Indianapolis and thirteenth in the Japanese GP at Suzuka. As offered here BAR-Honda 003 chassis 004 is finished in Lucky Strike Don't Walk (alibi) livery. Subject to VAT if remaining in the EU.