Villeneuve irritated by salary remarks

Jacques Villeneuve is unhappy at recent comments made by BAR boss David Richards concerning the Canadian's salary, which is estimated to be around $16million. Richards recently said that although he didn't dispute Villeneuve's worth as a driver,...

Jacques Villeneuve is unhappy at recent comments made by BAR boss David Richards concerning the Canadian's salary, which is estimated to be around $16million. Richards recently said that although he didn't dispute Villeneuve's worth as a driver, he had to consider how such a high salary was effecting the team's finances.

"It gets on my nerves," Villeneuve said at the Nurburgring. "It's easy for David Richards to talk like that but he's only been here for six months. For me, it's been four years that I've been fighting to make this thing better. I wonder what this team would have been like if I'd not signed four years ago?"

In return Richards said he was only commenting on a situation that he had to consider after taking over BAR in December last year: "Jacques is obviously, because of his record and performance, one of the top paid drivers in Formula One," he explained. "Nobody is disputing his value, nobody is disputing his position in the team. Nobody is disputing the fact that he has a contract next year. The question I have been asked is how can you justify employing a driver of that stature when you clearly haven't got a car capable of reflecting his talents."

"I said that I'm afraid that's a factor that I've inherited and something that I've got to address. I'm not complaining about it, I'm not making a fuss about it. Clearly I would do things differently if I had that freedom but I don't have that freedom and I'm not complaining. Jacques is fully entitled to stay in the team and is a very welcome member of the team as well. He's a very competent driver who does a very good job for the team."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , David Richards