AUGUST 17, 1998
The BAR name change problem
The shoe is now on the other foot and it is Walkinshaw who is refusing to budge, annoyed at having lost a valuable sponsorship deal with Hollywood cigarettes because BAR bosses blocked the arrangement, Hollywood being a BAT brand.
Walkinshaw says he is quite happy to let the team change its name but only if he is paid $7m as compensation for the lost income. We understand that BAR does not want to pay up and is now trying to convince the Supertec Sport engine company to refuse to supply Tom with engines until he agrees to let BAR change its name.
We expect that eventually there will be a compromise which could even include Finnish driver Mika Salo being transferred to BAR to be Jacques Villeneuve's team-mate.