Villeneuve now aiming for full-time V8 seat
21 October 2010 – Jacques Villeneuve has revealed that he is targeting a permanent seat in leading Australian touring car championship V8 Supercars, as he takes part in this weekend’s Gold Coast 600 alongside Paul Dumdrell in the Bottle-O Falcon.
Having competed in NASCAR since his departure from Formula 1 in mid-2006, 1997 World Champion Villeneuve admits that he is now hoping for a full-time role down under and has spoken to Australian NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose on the subject.
“There’s a big chance you will see more of me here,” the French-Canadian explained to The Australian Daily Telegraph. “I wouldn't mind coming and doing it full-time because it could be a lot of fun.”
Jacques added that a permanent seat would be more suitable than driving on a sporadic basis. “Part-time in Australia is too tough,” he explained. “It’s a long way to come; and I have two little boys and you can't just leave for a month or two – it’s much better to come and do it full-time and that’s what I would do.”
He added that his plan to enter F1 under the Villeneuve Racing banner has now folded: “We were working hard on Formula 1 but we are looking towards other things like NASCAR now; we had everything in place for the 13th team but (governing body) the FIA did a backflip - there was obviously something we didn't know about.”
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