The revamped BAR that saved Button's career
After several years of underachievement, the BAR Formula 1 project was in danger of floundering when David Richards arrived to steady the ship in 2002. Two years later, the team was the closest challenger to Ferrari and gave a shot in the arm to Jenson Button's career
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.
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