Villeneuve recovered from back pain

Jacques Villeneuve missed a testing session in Barcelona recently due to back problems but the BAR driver is now fit and ready for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Villeneuve has had niggling back pains since his big crash at the Australian Grand Prix...

Jacques Villeneuve missed a testing session in Barcelona recently due to back problems but the BAR driver is now fit and ready for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Villeneuve has had niggling back pains since his big crash at the Australian Grand Prix last year; in Barcelona testing Anthony Davidson took over driving duties so the Canadian could have time to recover the most recent bout of pains.

"The back is better," Villeneuve said on arrival in Brazil this week. "I had a problem at the base of my spine, but we have made some changes to the seat and it shouldn't be a problem here. I'm looking forward to getting into the car."

Villeneuve has spoken out against the new FIA ruling to move drivers back ten places on the grid for the following race if found to be at fault in an incident: "I don't think F1 needs to be manufactured like this because it already has a huge amount of fans," he said. "If you look at other series where they started manufacturing stuff people got bored after two years. Everybody starts screaming at each other saying this is fair, this is not fair."

"It just creates extra problems and it does not improve the show. Refuelling was there to improve the show and I don't think it has done so. If anything you just race less because you wait until the pit stop and all the racing takes place in the pits. Any time you try and create some fake racing then it just makes it worse."

He agrees that giving a driver a penalty is not a bad thing but thinks the punishment itself is a little strange: "Losing 10 places is a little bit strange. If you are going to do something like that you should go right to the back," he said. "To punish the driver after is not a bad thin g because if you create a problem on the last lap there is no way you can get punished in that race. But maybe it should be a drive-through."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Anthony Davidson