Canada GP boss vows to help Villeneuve return

The new promoter of the Canadian Grand Prix has vowed to try to help Jacques Villeneuve secure a return to Formula One in 2010. French Canadian Villeneuve, the now 38-year-old world champion of 1997 who left BMW-Sauber and the sport three years...

The new promoter of the Canadian Grand Prix has vowed to try to help Jacques Villeneuve secure a return to Formula One in 2010.

French Canadian Villeneuve, the now 38-year-old world champion of 1997 who left BMW-Sauber and the sport three years ago, has been linked with the new Malaysian-owned Lotus team.

Francois Dumontier, whose company Octane Racing Group is the new promoter of Montreal's Canadian Grand Prix held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, admitted that having Villeneuve back on the grid would be good for the event.

"I can't deny that if Jacques is back in a Formula One car it will help the Grand Prix," he told the National Post.

"People here love him. We saw how popular he is when he raced NASCAR here. I would be fan no.1 if Jacques is back in a Lotus car and if we can help him, that's what we'll do," added Dumontier.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Gilles Villeneuve
Teams Sauber