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Villeneuve 'missing' F1 and not ruling out return

Jacques Villeneuve has dropped further hints that he is genuinely evaluating the possibility of a Formula 1 comeback in the top flight's new 'low-cost', budget-capped era in 2010 – admitting that he is 'missing' the sport and is 'fast and fit enough' to return.

The 1997 F1 World Champion is currently out of work, having walked away from Peugeot's Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar programme and with no NASCAR or Australian V8 seat in 2009. He recently threw his hat into the ring for one of the two available berths at new, North Carolina-based all-American outfit Team USF1, should the Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor-led project be given the green light for entry by governing body the FIA next year, insisting that he would be a better prospect than any of the home-grown drivers allegedly under consideration [see separate story – click here].

Despite having triumphed in no fewer than eleven grands prix over the course of his ten-and-a-half year career at the highest level, Villeneuve left somewhat ignominiously in 2006 after parting company with BMW-Sauber mid-season due to a poor run of results and rather too many accidents, being replaced by the Munich and Hinwil-based concern's then test driver Robert Kubica.

On a visit to last weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, though, the son of the legendary Gilles Villeneuve replied enigmatically to a question from BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle about whether he was in the glamorous Principality for business or pleasure, suggesting: “That's a tough question, isn't it?”

“Seeing the slick tyres, the cars look fun to drive, so yeah, I'm missing it a bit,” confessed the French-Canadian, now 38. “I'm fast and I haven't gone to TV [commentating] yet, so I would be fit enough [too]. With all the chaos happening now in F1, you never know.”


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RawDawg

May 26, 2009 4:25 PM

"I think if Ham-mer time had started off at the bottom and worked his way-up like most other drivers, I would be a bit less sarcastic towards him" The bottom of what? He came up through the ranks like any other driver. Yes, he had the backing of McLaren but he produced and won titles in evry series. That takes talent no matter who backs you. Just because he didn't drive for crap teams you have less respect for him? I guess he should have turn McLaren away to please people like you huh? Please.......



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