Monday, February 02, 2004

Raising the BAR

British American Racing has revealed the BAR 006 to resounding yawns from the crowd. The car itself looks to be a workmanlike construction. They have some kind of weird circular wing-thingy above the sidepods, and fairly ordinary front and rear wings. Their biggest problem last year was reliability, which is a bit embarrassing for Honda who are pouring a lot of resources into engines that seemed to turn to shrapnel with alarming frequency.

This year the one engine per race meeting rule is going to make it that much harder for the cars to compete effectively. Despite this Dave Richards, the team principal, is claiming that this is the year that they will effectively challenge the top three teams -- McLaren, Ferrari, and Williams. Yeah right. Why not set the sights a little lower and aim to produce the first race win that you promised would happen six years ago?