BAR looks forward to fresh start

British American Racing is looking for a fresh start at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix following its poor showing last season

BAR looks forward to fresh start

The team finished pointless in its debut season, but is hopeful of kick-starting its F1 ambitions in 2000.

BAR is being powered by Honda engines this season, with Jacques Villeneuve and Ricardo Zonta as it main drivers.

Chief mechanic Alastair Gibson said: "We're in a very different position compared with where we were last year.

"The car has run reliably from the start of testing, which has allowed us to focus on developing the chassis and engine package.

"In addition, both drivers have racked up a useful amount of pre-season mileage and, as a result, we are going into the first race a lot more prepared than we were in 1999.

"I don't think anybody is about to make any rash predictions, but there is a feeling in the team that we have made progress and, if luck is with us, we should have a much better time of it than last year. For British American Racing, the only way is up."

Former world champion Villeneuve has hinted he may look for another drive, if the team fails to produce results in 2000.

He said: "In previous years, it seems as though if I have gone well in Australia, the rest of the season has gone well, so I am really hoping for a good result in Melbourne.

"As for this season, I have said before, and I will say again, that I didn't get into racing not to fight and win, and nor did I get into this team not to fight and win, so that has to be the goal.

"I think there is every chance that we will have a good season and maybe surprise a few people."

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