Villeneuve may venture to Renault

Villeneuve may venture to Renault

For months 1997 Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve has been shopping himself around the F1 paddock, looking for a new ride. Branded as difficult to work with following his development years with B.A.R. Honda F1, Villeneuve hasn't had much of...

For months 1997 Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve has been shopping himself around the F1 paddock, looking for a new ride. Branded as difficult to work with following his development years with B.A.R. Honda F1, Villeneuve hasn't had much of a nibble.

Jacques Villeneuve.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
That changed today with the announcement by Mild Seven Renault F1 that it would test the French-Canadian this Wednesday and Thursday on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. A test that may lead to Villeneuve finishing off the 2004 season starting with the inaugural event in China.

There has been a goodly amount of the talk in the always volatile Formula One paddock once it was known that current Renault F1 driver Jarno Trulli's days with the Mild Seven Renault team are numbered.

Trulli's lack of performance since he learned he would not be retained by the Renault team at the close of the 2004 Championship has, most surely added to the team's lack of faith and his own, concurrent lack of performance.

To prepare for his first laps in an F1 car since the penultimate race of the 2003 season - Villeneuve ceded the B.A.R. Honda seat to Takuma Sato for the Japanese finale - Villeneuve went to the Mild Seven Renault F1 team's Enstone base Tuesday evening for a seat-fitting and will acclimate himself to the R24 tomorrow on the Northampton circuit.

Renault F1 managing director Flavio Briatore commented on the significance of the test this afternoon: "We have reached an agreement for Jacques to test for the team at Silverstone on Wednesday and Thursday.

"This test might lead to Jacques joining the team for the final three races of the season," Briatore declared, "beginning next week at the Chinese Grand Prix."

Renault lost ground to Villeneuve's former team B.A.R. Honda in the chase for second place in the F1 constructors' championship at the Italian Grand Prix, a title already sewn up by Scuderia Ferrari.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Jacques Villeneuve , Flavio Briatore
Teams Ferrari