Villeneuve feels let down by BMW
7 August 2006 – This morning BMW announced that it has terminated its contract with Jacques Villeneuve. Both BMW and Villeneuve came to that agreement after the team was unable to guarantee Villeneuve a seat in the remainder of the season.
When BMW announced Robert Kubica would replace Jacques Villeneuve for the Hungarian Grand Prix their statement said Villeneuve was still not well enough after his crash at Hockenheim. According to Villeneuve it was more a case of BMW wanting to give Kubica a test opportunity to race in Hungary, without offering Villeneuve any guarantee that he would return to his race-seat at the next race in Turkey.
And it's that, that eventually caused the breakdown in the relationship and resulted in the two parties going their separate ways.
"Last week, the team informed us of its decision to review its options for next year, including assessing Robert Kubica in a race environment at Hungary without offering me any assurance about my race seat beyond Hungary," said Villeneuve. "Therefore, the team and I agreed to part ways with immediate effect."
"This is really disappointing as I was looking forward to working with BMW on longer terms - going into next season capitalising on our common experiences. I will now have more time to concentrate on future projects."
"Finally, I would like to thank the team, especially my engineers and the team's sponsors with whom I have had real pleasure working with in the last year."