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Jacques Villeneuve continues to map out a Formula 1 return for next year, having narrowly missed out on a chance to make a comeback with Stefan GP in 2010. The French-Canadian, who visited the Montreal Grand Prix at the weekend, has placed NASCAR commitments on hold in order to prepare for F1 in greater detail.
Villeneuve first hit the F1 scene in style in 1996, grabbing pole position for his debut in Melbourne after heading to the World Championship as the reigning IndyCar Champion on the other side of the Atlantic. Although Serbia's Stefan was eventually denied an entry to the 2010 season, Jacques is not giving in.
"I am working on my Formula 1 comeback, more than ever, as I've postponed my participation in NASCAR," Villeneuve explained to Germany's Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper. "Formula 1 has demonstrated this year that experience counts more than ever - the doors are open for experienced drivers.
"The sport is experiencing a very strong season so therefore, for me, it's important to do my best to return to the cockpit."
However, Jacques - who will turn 40 next April - confesses that solid foundations are yet to be placed.
"There's nothing concrete because it's too early in the season, but there are some positive contacts," he explained. "If the Stefan GP project worked out, I would already be driving in Formula 1 this year.
"You must plan long-term; the most important thing is that, once you're inside, it's easier to look around and find the right place.
"Michael (Schumacher) is still an excellent example, I am impressed by how well he has completed his comeback; he's positive and he has fun, you can see it - he's enjoying it again and he's well prepared. The Schumacher comeback is just great for F1."
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