Pollock confident of Villeneuve's future

Pollock confident of Villeneuve's future

Jacques Villeneuve's manager, Craig Pollock, is confident the Canadian will be racing in Formula One next year and has been in discussions with some teams. Naturally he wasn't about to disclose exactly whom he was talking to but Villenuve has been...

Jacques Villeneuve's manager, Craig Pollock, is confident the Canadian will be racing in Formula One next year and has been in discussions with some teams. Naturally he wasn't about to disclose exactly whom he was talking to but Villenuve has been linked with Renault and Toyota by the rumour-mill. It's possible Jacques could stay with BAR but he has been frustrated by poor reliability from the team this season.

Jacques Villeneuve's tradition press conference in Montreal.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
He only completed fourteen laps of his home race yesterday before brake problems put him out: "I've had mechanical problems in six out of eight races so it's becoming very frustrating," he remarked.

Pollock says Villeneuve wants to fight for the championship: "He'll be sitting in a Formula One car in the future, exactly which team... obviously his contract terminates at the end of the season and at the moment for next year he is still a free agent," he told Reuters.

"But there have been certain doors left slightly ajar that have been obviously walked in through and we are discussing. Its not a question of taking a pay cut. I think it's a question of negotiating a contract and a deal with a team where both parties are going to come out happy. It's not just wins. Jacques is wanting championships. That's his burning desire."

BAR boss David Richards was cagey about the possibility of Villeneuve renewing his contract, saying he was making no decisions until after the British Grand Prix in July -- although Jenson Button has a long term contract -- but admits BAR has let Villeneuve down with unreliability.

"I have to admit that Jacques has had a very poor start to the season," he said in Friday's press conference. "Not from his own making, but quite frankly through the reliability that ourselves and Honda have offered to him with the car, and that's an issue we have to address ourselves…So we're certainly working on that together and he feels confident, he can see the team's improving, he can see the opportunities are there and so hopefully we can sort that out."

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