There was a lot of controversy around British American Racing’s debut in the Formula One. Besides signing Jacques Villeneuve as one of their drivers, there was also the livery on the car. Originally, the team had one car in the 555 colour scheme and the other in the Lucky strike colour scheme. Eventually had to merge both liveries, which resulted in the beautiful zipper livery. To prevent another controversy they
It’s a forgotten sidenote in the rich history of Formula One. A little fact that I believe should be revealed again. There was a time in 1997 that BAT decided, after they finished their Project de Bono program, to purchase Tyrrell Racing instead of Minardi. In 1998 Tyrrell Racing would be still on the grid. They came with the Tyrrell 025. This same car would appear in the summer of
Originally, Pacific Racing, later known as Pacific Grand Prix, planned their debut in the Formula One in 1993. Michael Bartels was the driver for the team and they came this far as a seat fitting. Even sooner, the dream shattered and their debut would be put on-hold for another year. In 1994 the team made it’s debut in the Formula One. They did not have a main sponsor. However, it
A few weeks before i wrote about the Bono project. It was BAT (British American Tobacco)’s project to enter the Formula One. It was all about appearing on the grid in 1999 with their own team. As well, how to reach that goal. We all know that they eventually purchased Tyrrell Racing from Ken Tyrrell. Only using the Concorde agreements eventually to be allowed on the grid. Interestingly enough was
Everything has a begin, and if you look at the Formula One also an end. Many teams, and many circuits came and left the sport. A good example of this is the BAR (British American Racing) team that mate it’s debut in 1999. Behind BAR was BAT (British American Tobacco) that were to expand their brands like 555 and Lucky Strike more. Project de Bono is were it all started!
In the 1990’s Tyrrell Racing was not the championship winning team anymore. The team had some sober years during the Turbo era in the 1980’s. We know what happened in 1984 when Tyrrell was the only team to drive with an Atmospheric Engine. 1990 would be the last “top” year for the Tyrrell team when Jean Alesi scored twice a podium. The following years Tyrrell had to survive in the