Villeneuve pushing for comeback with Stefan GP
19 February 2010 – 1997 Champion Jacques Villeneuve freely admits that he is aiming to be back on the Formula 1 grid this year in a field of cars which he believes will better suit his driving style than at the time of his F1 exit in 2006. The French-Canadian targets a slot with the Stefan GP team, which could enter the sport should another team fail to do so.
"I've spoken with Peter Windsor a few times," Villeneuve told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport about possibilities with US F1. "It was always a question of money and that's not my thing." Jacques went on to add that his name would attract sponsors to a team, as opposed to him paying a lump sum for a place on the grid.
"If they get a Formula 1 spot, it would be a great opportunity," he admitted. "Just because the team is apparently supported by (F1 commercial rights holder) Bernie Ecclestone, one must assume that they will make it to the grid, and with the equipment from Toyota they could be the best new team. It also seems like (Zoran) Stefanovic (team owner) is taking the project very seriously."
"Each of the new teams needs experience, they have to have a direction in which to run; I know what it means to build a new team, I did that before (with B.A.R in 1999). On top of all that, the cars are now back to the way I like them, like they were in 1996 and 1997."
Also on Friday:
- Stefan GP starts Formula 1 car
- 'Absolute madness!' - Villeneuve on Schumacher