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Renault rules out Villeneuve return

Renault rules out signing Jacques Villeneuve for an F1 return in 2011
Renault team boss Eric Boullier has ruled out a possible F1 return for Jacques Villeneuve with the team next season.

After missing out on a place on the grid for 2010, the former champion has turned his focus to 2011 as he looks to make a comeback, with Renault being viewed as one possible option due to the Canadian driver's links to the Gravity Sport Management group – owned by Renault team owners Genii Capital.

However, speaking to the Rue Frontenac 'paper, Boullier said he felt that Villeneuve's best option for a return would be with a new turn rather than one that is already established on the grid.

"Jacques is a world champion and a driver of exceptional talent for whom I have great respect," he said. "There is no doubt he could help a team looking for a driver with his profile. This was not the case for us."

Boullier also added that Villeneuve wouldn't find it easy to be on the pace from the outset to the current testing restrictions – as has been seen with returning seven-time champion Michael Schumacher.

"The current regulations that limit private testing greatly affect the potential return of a non-active driver,” he said. “A driver who leaves competition loses his normal speed, his reflexes are a bit dulled as are his physical abilities to take the car to its maximum potential.

"That's just natural. Whatever you do in sports, the specific skills needed to race in F1 must be constantly maintained."

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Invalid Character - Unregistered

June 15, 2010 2:04 PM

@ Cobalt Yes, 36 is the right answer, Damon Hill became the 1996 WDC for the 1st (& only) time, 26 days after his 36th b'day. Why add "Since late 70s 35 or 36 is the age limit for F1 WDC"? Late 70s & 1996 are 20 years apart. 1/3 of F1 history! Mansell also became the 1992 WDC, only 8 days after his 39th b'day. When will people stop writing off drivers because of their age? MS is currently 9th in the standings, which means that there are 15 younger drivers BEHIND him. So as of today, 62,5% of the very young, & in ultra shape, current F1 drivers are slower than Michael Schamacher...

soaum - Unregistered

June 15, 2010 12:33 PM

I'm sure its been said before but what could he hope to accomplish by coming back? he wasn't exactly one of the top drivers when he left and as MS is proving right now the competition is harder than it used to be!

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