BAR reject Jacques Villeneuve could be in line join the West McLaren-Mercedes team in 2004 - after it was revealed that the Canadian has been in contact with the Woking based concern.

According to reports by Reuters, JV is keen to join the outfit as a test driver.

A spokesperson for McLaren, told the news agency: "We have been approached by Jacques Villeneuve with regards to a role with the team in 2004.

"However, no meaningful discussions have taken place."

Villeneuve is currently without a drive in F1, after BAR revealed that they did not want the Canadian for 2004, instead preferring Takuma Sato to partner Jenson Button at the team, which was originally formed around him in 1999.

A role at McLaren though seems a long shot to say the least, not only does Ron Dennis' squad already have two test drivers - namely Alexander Wurz and Pedro de la Rosa, both well liked within the team and well respected, but also it is hard to imagine JV fitting in, with his dislike for PR duties, and his attitude for not conforming.

The rumour took off after comments made by Villeneuve's manager, Craig Pollock. Apparently Pollock said that the Canadian would test next year with McLaren, before racing in 2005, with a new American team, powered by Mercedes and backed by Red Bull.

A loads of 'pollocks' you decide!



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