Former F1 title winner Jacques Villeneuve has said there is interest in his services for the 2010 F1 season, although the Canadian has admitted that he has yet to open negotiations with any potential employers.
Villeneuve, who last raced in F1 back in 2006, has make no secret of his desire to make a comeback to the sport and was present in the paddock at Singapore over the course of the weekend as he continues to work on a return.
While the 38-year-old insists there have yet to be any official talks, Villeneuve admitted that a return to rules similar to those in place when he won the title back in 1997 and the introduction of four new teams onto the grid could work in his favour if they seek an experienced head to form part of their line-up.
“We're at the interest stage, not at the negotiation stage,” he told Agence France-Presse
. “Right now, I still haven't made myself indispensible, but there's some interest. More and more, teams seem to be interested in experience.
"With the new rules, the work will resemble much more what was going on in the 90s. The work with your engineers will be more important for developing the car. I always used less fuel and tyres than my team-mates. It is an era that would suit me."
However, Villeneuve added that if he was to make a return to F1, he would want a deal in place sooner rather than later as he also evaluates possibilities elsewhere
"I do not want to wait a long time, because I am also working on opportunities in the United States,” he said. “A time will come when I will probably have to make a choice. You can't sign a contract a week before the first grand prix. It is necessary to prepare."