Villeneuve forecasts McLaren Montreal victory
10 June 2010 – Jacques Villeneuve has echoed the sentiments of Sebastian Vettel by predicting a McLaren success at this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix. The 1997 World Champion, who attempted to join the grid with Stefan GP this year, has also shared his opinions over the Red Bull Istanbul clash.
With US F1 having pulled out at late notice, Serbia's Stefan GP was left with a shortage of time to finalise preparations for 2010, ending any chance of Villeneuve returning to the grid.
However, the French-Canadian is delighted to see Formula 1 returning to his home province of Quebec, where he predicts a rapid McLaren pace.
"I really love this track and I think that cars equipped with f-ducts should enjoy strong performances," Villeneuve wrote in a column for rds.ca. "It's a low-downforce circuit and has low-speed corners, which I think will suit McLaren."
Jacques also believes that the Mark Webber/Sebastian Vettel coming together in Turkey last time out, which gift wrapped a 1-2 result for McLaren, was chiefly a racing incident.
"I'm not sure how they found themselves in that situation, with both cars having been in the lead," the 39-year-old commented. "They had a good lead over the McLarens but drivers are drivers and it's very difficult not to give it 110 percent on the track, which means they turned against each other in the heat of the moment."