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"BAR" redirects here. For the driver who uses the three-letter abbreviation "BAR", see Rubens Barrichello.

British American Racing (often shortened to BAR) was a British team that competed in Formula One from 19992005. It started as the Tyrrell team, which evolved into BAR in the late 1990s.

They were named after their part owner and sponsor, British American Tobacco. While tobacco companies sponsored F1 for the majority of the times since sponsorships became commonplace, BAR is the only constrcutor to be named after a tobacco sponsor.

Their drivers included 1997 champion Jacques Villeneuve, Ricardo Zonta, and Jenson Button.

They became Honda Racing in 2006 after new tobacco regulations meant the team had to be sold on before 2007. Honda became Brawn GP for 2009 due the global economic crisis. This became Mercedes GP in 2010.

The team's best season was 2004, where they came second in the Championship behind Ferrari.

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