BAR 007 was an evolution of the 006 model from the 2004 season, which marked the highest success of the British American Racing Team in F1 leading to their second place in the 2004 championship behind Ferrari. The general line of modifications led by chief designer Geoff Willis was to make car smaller and lighter. Eventually this was led to some controversy with the FIA when both BAR-Hondas were disqualified from the San Marino Grand Prix after it was found the cars could run below the minimum weight, stated by the FIA regulations of 605 kg. A brand new Honda RA005E V10 unit was also smaller, lighter and had a better centre of gravity than the 2004 engine. The team has saved the successful drivers lineup from the previous year – Jenson Button and Takuma Sato were teamed up for the 3rd consecutive season. The season for the Lucky Strike BAR Honda Team turned out to be ambiguous. First part of the season was the continuous series of failures – retirements in first races, disqualification from San Marino GP with the following ban for two next rounds. But then Jenson Button continued to race very reliably and finished in points all 10 last rounds of the Championship, including two podium finishes at 3rd place in Germany and Belgium. In the final Championship standings the Brit was 9th with 37 points. As to Sato, Japanese was able to score only one point. In the Constructor’s standings BAR-Honda was classified on the 6th position. The 007 was the last car under BAR banner. At the end of the 2005 season, Honda, the engine supplier since 2000, secured 100% team ownership, purchasing it from British American Tobacco, the long term sponsor of the team. The cars would remain with the BAT sponsorship throughout 2006.
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