VIlleneuve looking for a new drive?

By Cam Curwoord - Motorsport.com Gerald Donaldson reported on Canadian TSN's coverage of the French Grand Prix that Jacques Villeneuve is "fed up", and we can expect him to start "shopping for a drive." Villeneuve is apparently tired of the...

By Cam Curwoord - Motorsport.com

Gerald Donaldson reported on Canadian TSN's coverage of the French Grand Prix that Jacques Villeneuve is "fed up", and we can expect him to start "shopping for a drive." Villeneuve is apparently tired of the lack of progress made by the BAR team, and its recent failures at the French, European and Canadian Grands Prix. Villeneuve's qualifying positions are no better than he had last year, and though he has had his first podium with BAR, the BAR team is clearly well behind the big three of McLaren, Williams and Ferrari, and often behind Jordan and, at times, Jaguar.

Donaldson, who knows Villeneuve very well, and is in tune with the Canadian's thoughts and feelings, has done a biography on Jacques in the past, and one of the most critcally acclaimed biographies on his father Gilles. Donaldson would definitely know what Villeneuve's feelings were and what his possible plans are.

Other sources also say that Villeneuve said to Canadian journalists that he is "thinking real hard presently on where to go for next year".

Motorsport.com sources at the French Grand Prix say "right before the grid was cleared two Honda personnel and a BAR mechanic were having a very heated discussion right beside Villeneuve's car". Not too many laps later, Villeneuve was out. The team's ability to provide Villeneuve with a race-worthy car seems to be dwindling rather than improving.

To many Villeneuve fans this is the best news they could hear. Many of them are fed up with Villeneuve's talent being wasted in mid-field and wonder if his best years are being passed away. They hope desperately for a change in fortune and if necessary, a jump to a better team. Most of them dream of a move to McLaren, where Mika Hakkinen has performed poorly so far this season and, rumour has it, is debating his own future. It also may be the shot in the arm McLaren needs to revive itself.

Whatever the rumours proclaim, BAR's grip on Villeneuve must surely be less now than it has ever been.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mika Hakkinen , Jacques Villeneuve
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams , Jordan