It's F1 or nothing: Villeneuve

It's F1 or nothing: Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve said he has no intentions of heading back to the US to race in the CART series should a drive in Formula One not be forthcoming next year. Villeneuve's contract with BAR expires at the end of this season and it's uncertain if he...

Jacques Villeneuve said he has no intentions of heading back to the US to race in the CART series should a drive in Formula One not be forthcoming next year. Villeneuve's contract with BAR expires at the end of this season and it's uncertain if he or the team want to renew it.

Jacques Villeneuve.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
Since manager Craig Pollock started up a CART team last year there has been speculation Villeneuve may join him but the Canadian says he will quit rather than to either return to CART or move to another racing series.

"I will not race in the CART series," he stated. "If it stays at its current level, it is not interesting for me. If I don't find an F1 cockpit, I'll quit. I've won the F1 championship already. There are other things in life apart from F1 racing."

However, he has not yet ruled out remaining where he is for 2004: "BAR is still on the cards. It's not a bad team. The team has always been great -- the engineers, mechanics -- and now the car seems to be good."

BAR boss David Richards is so far happy with Villeneuve's performance and denied that test driver Takuma Sato was being lined up to replace the Canadian. The team has an option on Sato for 2004 but Richards says no contracts have been fixed for next year save for Jenson Button.

"Jenson does have a contract and we have no other firm contracts for next year with any driver," he said according to the BBC. "But I'm very open about the situation and, quite frankly, the way Jacques has been driving recently, and his whole way of working with the team, I've been very impressed."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Jenson Button , Jacques Villeneuve , David Richards