Irvine thinks cash not Villeneuve's priority

Irvine thinks cash not Villeneuve's priority

Jaguar's Eddie Irvine believes that Jacques Villeneuve is much more interested in a competitive car than he is in a large wage packet. Both drivers have suffered so far this season, Jaguar qualifying near the back of the grid, BAR not much better...

Jaguar's Eddie Irvine believes that Jacques Villeneuve is much more interested in a competitive car than he is in a large wage packet. Both drivers have suffered so far this season, Jaguar qualifying near the back of the grid, BAR not much better and Irvine says no amount of money can make up for a poor car.

Eddie Irvine and Jacques Villeneuve.
Photo by Jaguar Racing.
"It will be interesting to see what Jacques Villeneuve does because it's been suggested he will have to take a 50 per cent cut in his ?10m-a-year wages if he wants to stay at BAR," Irvine remarked. "Personally, I don't think the cash will top his list of priorities. He is financially secure but he still craves the one thing money can't compensate for - a championship-challenging car."

"He had it at Williams when he won the 1997 world title and, like us all, he wants to be in the seat of another machine capable of racing wheel to wheel with Michael. Jacques must have some regrets about moving to BAR. He is a great little racer who, in the right car, would have continued thrilling fans."

Despite scoring no points, Villeneuve put on a good display in the Austrian Grand Prix, carving his way through the field and at one point running third. After a second pit stop his race finished on the final lap when his engine blew. Despite the disappointment, Villeneuve said it had reminded him what it was like to actually race.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Jacques Villeneuve
Teams Williams , Jaguar Racing