The birth of the British American Racing team - or BAR - in 1999 was hardly a conventional one. Formed from British American Tobacco's purchase of the ailing Tyrrell team's assets, having been persuaded to do so by Jacques Villeneuve's manager and former ski-instructor Craig Pollock, the team's formative years were hardly blessed with success.
Towards the end of its seven-year tenure, however, BAR had been purchased by Honda and was a consistent threat for points and podiums. A crucial factor in that swing in form was a key managerial change, made after three years of failing to deliver on lofty expectations - including Adrian Reynard's promise that the team would win its first race.
Pollock and several of his trusted lieutenants were directed towards the exit door in early 2002, when it became apparent that the new 004 chassis was not the step up that BAT had desired. In their place, Prodrive boss David Richards came in to whip the team into shape.