Experience is more valued now, insists Villeneuve
29 April 2010 – Jacques Villeneuve reiterates that he is not giving up on a Formula 1 return, having missed out on rejoining the grid with Stefan GP this year; the Serbian outfit, which was unable to take part in the aftermath of the US F1 failure, is now hoping to join the fray in 2011.
A return for 1997 title winner Villeneuve would have equalled the all-time record of five Champions in one season although, despite eventually not being able to take part in 2010, the French-Canadian's desire to race remains.
"I'm going on anyway," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, having last been seen on-track at the 2006 German Grand Prix with BMW.
"Last year proved that teams do sometimes share their drivers during a season and the returns of Schumacher and de la Rosa are signs that having more experience is appreciated again."
Although Jacques' comments regarding experience relate to the lack of testing in F1 nowadays, the 39-year-old also admits that age has its downfalls.
"When you brake for a corner it asks a lot of the muscles in your back, some of which you didn't even know existed," he explained. "Not to mention the neck. So we want to be ahead of the others but don't want to be bored be it, so it's good to spend time in the simulator."