F1 » 'Proud' Villeneuve insists: We've cut no corners

As he prepares to try to convince the FIA of the eponymously-named Villeneuve Racing outfit's credentials to join the grand prix grid in 2011, former F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve reflects on the journey so far

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Bobby B - Unregistered

August 13, 2010 10:12 AM

I mean no disrespect but I cannot see how this bid by Villeneuve and Durango could succeed.

Durango had to pull the plug on their GP2 programme back in 2009 for lack of funding. Villeneuve has been unable to get regular seats in NASCAR's Cup and Nationwide series because of lack of funding. No F1 have been interested in him. Yet somehow these two parties are pressing ahead with an F1 entry for 2011, apparantly with full('ish) funding.

I wish both JV and Durango the best of luck with their 2011 plans but I am totally sceptical about actually seeing them make the grid.

On the flip side HRT made it, so maybe I am being too cynical.

Herbert Clinker - Unregistered

August 13, 2010 1:06 PM

Personally i think they should let all the teams join the grid if they've got the money and the credentials to go racing.
I'd like to see more cars on the grid and i'd also like to see them do away with the blue flags.
It just might make the racing a bit more interesting seeing how the front runners then deal with the back markers when it comes to having to overtake another car.

Nigel - Unregistered

August 13, 2010 2:34 PM

I have always advocated that if a car is overlapped twice in a race, that car should be called in by the stewards and stopped racing in that particular race.
Slow cars are a nuisance, they create a danger to faster cars and generally clatter the circuit without any chance of ever winning a race or even getting points.
Cosworth said in another feature that the newcomers are doing an excellent job. If excellence is measured by being overlapped three times in a race, or not ever finishing a race, then F1 is in real trouble.
JV was a good driver when he was at Williams, winning a WDC in 1997 so he knows what it takes and needs to be successful.Whether he gets the backing is the questions.

Old Fool - Unregistered

August 14, 2010 11:04 AM

Go back to running nightclubs, your looking like a desperate old fool...look at the old shoe, you would be even worse. Go and sell t-shirts at the track or something. :? :?

Jenson - Unregistered

August 14, 2010 11:07 AM

It's got all the hallmarks of succeeding this bid:

*Decidedly suss funding
*Decidedly suss bankrupt Durango
*Decidely suss partners

Should get in for sure.

phil - Unregistered

August 14, 2010 11:36 AM

Is it just me who thinks the FIA tender should've been opened to teams willing to participate in the 2012 F1 season and not fielding a car for 2011?

That way, "USF1", Lotus, Virgin and HRT would have had a whole season to steal the Red Bull design and mix it up with some italian flair and field what one would hope is a competitive car.

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