2001 BAR Honda 030,
Lot 311
The Ex-Jacques Villeneuve/Olivier Panis,2001 BAR-Honda 003 Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater Chassis no. BAR003-004
Sold for £62,000 (US$ 104,111) inc. premium
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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 Driver’s regular race cars. The model was a direct evolution of the preceding 2000-season design, featuring revised aerodynamics in line with the FIA’s 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 season’s 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 year’s 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 Villeneuve’s hands, we are advised that chassis ‘004’ as offered here finished seventh in the year’s 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 year’s Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal, and failed again in the French event at Magny-Cours. However, Jacques Villeneuve’s 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.