Now under full Honda ownership, the team formerly known as BAR are entering their seventh year in Formula One. Yet while the team attained a strong finish to the 2004 season, they struggled in 2005 and courted controversy from technical infringements along the way.
This year's car, labelled the RA106, has adopted substantially different aerodynamic solutions - including a "zero keel" front end and super-slim sidepods, mated to the all-new V8 engine and a revised carbon fibre gearbox.
This year, the Honda ownership has increased but their development projects on areas beyond the engine have been already running for four years. Consequently, the change of ownership is not expected to create a step change in the pace of the team's development. According to team chief Nick Fry, "the change from no Honda ownership to 45% was greater than the extra 55%."