Villeneuve slams 'ridiculous' Safety Car phase
1 June 2016 – Jacques Villeneuve believes that Formula 1 drivers are made to look weak by decisions such as the one to start last weekend's Monaco Grand Prix from behind the Safety Car.
Torrential rain in the build-up to the start meant Race Control opted to begin proceedings behind the Safety Car, with seven laps spent at slow speed.
During this period several drivers expressed their desire for the race to be given the green flag and Villeneuve understands those comments.
"Seven laps behind the Safety Car – that's ridiculous," Villeneuve told Motorsport Magazin.
"These are not tourists, but the best paid drivers in the world.
"Formula 1 is losing fans, and things like that [the Safety Car start] do not help to prevent it, because drivers do not look like gladiators, but look weak.
"It's risky, but they are professionals. Let them start, or change the rules so that it does not start in the rain."
Sunday's race marked the first ever Safety Car start in Monaco.