BAR Faces Big Decision

In what is the first Grand Prix for BAR-Honda in five weeks, the team heads to Germany this weekend with a difficult decision to make: follow the new 2005 regulations and use the engines debuted at Imola or replace them and start 10 places back on the grid.

Both cars started the San Marino Grand Prix with fresh V10 engines. With the new regulations, teams must use engines for two consecutive races. If BAR decides to enter the race weekend with the V10's, success may be fleeting. Formula One engines are not designed to be reliable after being left idle for that long of a period. If the engine's seals are worn or parts have corroded, the decision may be made for them, when the engine fails.

Additionally, the team will be five weeks behind the other teams in engine development on the track. They have continued to test and make changes to the cars during the enforced lay-off.

"All efforts went into turning this hiatus into an opportunity for the team to improve its performance," said Gil de Ferran, Sporting Director.

With qualifying being scaled to one session and drivers Takuma Sato and Jenson Button going first, the team might want to take accept its fate and start with a new engine to obtain the highest possible position in qualifying.

The team is eager for a podium finish at the Nurburgring. Button finished third in last year's European Grand Prix and Sato raced strong after being the first Japanese to start on the front row. Both drivers scored their first points of the season in San Marino, but enter this weekend without points after their finishes were disqualified.

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Grand Prix of Brazil

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

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