Jacques Villeneuve is well known for being out-spoken and stirring up a storm whenever the chance presents itself, but he seems to have outdone himself in Montreal after getting death threats following his comments on local student protests, on top of his comments about the current crop of F1 drivers containing too many "little daddy boys".

Villeneuve was angered when local student protesters attempted to disrupt the official F1 Grand Prix kick-off events earlier this week, part of a long-running campaign objecting to the Quebec government's plans to raise tuition fees.

"It's time for people to wake up and stop loafing about," he said after police made 37 arrests on Thursday. "It's lasted long enough. We heard them. We listened. They should stop. It's costing the city a fortune. It makes no sense.

"I think these people grew up without ever hearing their parents ever tell them 'no'," he added. "So that's what you see in the streets now. People spend their time complaining. It's becoming a little bit ridiculous. They spoke, we heard, and now it's time to go back to school."

After his comments were widely reported in the media, Villeneuve revealed that he had received email death threats for daring to speak out - which only incensed him further.

"For people who laud the right of free expression, I find it ridiculous that I wouldn't have the right to say what I think," he told La Presse newspaper on Friday. He added that if students carried out to block subways to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday to disrupt race fans attending the Grand Prix that it would amount to an act of terrorism.

It's not just the students that have got under Villeneuve's skin this week - he's also come out strongly against the modern generation of drivers in F1 being mollycoddled compared their predecessors. "They weren't little daddy boys like you have now," he said, complaining that there is too little respect and common sense in the field.

"They are driving F1 and they are still children, they are still babies and they are kept like that," he told Sky Sports F1 midweek after joining their commentary and analysis team for this weekend's event.

But Villeneuve said that there were some drivers in F1 that he admired, and singled out Ferrari's Fernando Alonso for praise.

"I have always been a big fan of Alonso because whatever the situation, whatever the car, whatever happens, he is always there fighting and minding his own business," he explained. "He is there to race, he has worked hard to get to F1, it wasn't given to him on a silver platter and whatever the situation he always - or most of the time - comes out in a winning way."

As for the two British drivers at McLaren, Villeneuve said: "I would say Jenson is more complete," adding: "Lewis is very quick in the races as well so they are both extremely talented, I just believe in the whole picture, everything that it takes to be a F1 driver, Jenson has a little bit more of everything. It balances out."

But labelling much of the paddock as "babies" and "little daddy boys" isn't going to endear him to most of the current crop of drivers. Does he set out to stir things up on purpose and relish being the bad boy rebel?

"I have never thought of myself as a rebel because rebel means you just go against the establishment for the sake of it and that's not what I was doing," he said. "I never played the political game and I always said what I thought and that didn't always please so it probably cost a bit."

The idea of the 1997 F1 world champion having a platform for his controversial views in Canada may cause some in the sport to brace themselves for what's to come next given his current form so far this week, but Villeneuve just smiles when asked what he'll get up to on Sky Sports F1.

"Oh well, hopefully I won't make too many enemies," he said.