BAR aims to win at all costs

BAR is determined to win a grand prix at all costs in 2005, even if it came at the expense of the team's overall championship ambitions, that is the view of the team's new principal Nick Fry

BAR aims to win at all costs

Speaking at the launch of the new 007 chassis at Barcelona, Fry hinted at a shift in the team's focus this year. Last season BAR-Honda finished second in the constructor's standings and was the most consistent challenger to Ferrari, but the team perceives a race win as more valuable than reliability this year.

"We would rather get one win and compromise the team's championship position," said Fry. "We would consider it a failure if we didn't win a race."

Fry revealed he has a three-year plan for the team to win the world championship and admitted that winning a race in 2005 was vital to that. He also indicated that Jenson Button is an integral part of that plan, despite the fact that the British driver has contractual ties to BMW Williams for 2006.

BAR-Honda and WilliamsF1 both staked a claim to Button's services for 2005 and engaged in a bitter dispute last summer that was only resolved after the Contract Recognition Board declared BAR's contract with the Englishman valid.

"Jenson Button is a part of that three-year plan as long as he is available," said Fry. "We would like to have him [stay with us]."

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