It seemed that the idea of Jacques Villeneuve testing for Williams was nothing but rumour after all the wild stories circulating in the last few weeks. But the Canadian, who won the championship with Williams in 1997, could yet test for the team...
It seemed that the idea of Jacques Villeneuve testing for Williams was nothing but rumour after all the wild stories circulating in the last few weeks. But the Canadian, who won the championship with Williams in 1997, could yet test for the team in the not too far distant future.
Frank Williams, who usually plays his cards close to his chest, told the Canadian press that the team had met with Villeneuve and the possibility of him testing is still open. "We wanted to re-establish contact with him (Villeneuve) to remind ourselves of his personality and his feelings," Williams told Le Journal de Montreal of the meeting, which included Patrick Head and Sam Michael.
"It is a normal procedure. The first thing to do is to test him and evaluate him. If we proceed with Jacques it would be in August or at the start of September. We have plenty of time to negotiate with Jacques and we will not rush the process before August."
"He appeared as competitive as always. It was very nice to meet him and he was very determined to return behind the wheel. One of the interesting things is his personality -- he is a very determined individual."
Williams is well aware of the advantages that Villenueve's racing history could bring. "It is a long process but Jacques brings with him a lot of experience," he commented. "He knows the Honda engine and Bridgestone tyres well and that does not affect our choice but if he joined us it would help us."
"I am sure that if he has the chance to secure a good drive he will work hard and will be very demanding of himself. We have discussed different things, and have looked into the possibility of seeing him again and we are always interested in his services."