Villeneuve: McLaren was never an option

by Julie Gates/motorsport.com The McLaren team announced its driver line up for 2001 on Friday June 30, and as expected, both Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard have been retained, ending speculation that Jacques Villeneuve would partner the...

by Julie Gates/motorsport.com

The McLaren team announced its driver line up for 2001 on Friday June 30, and as expected, both Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard have been retained, ending speculation that Jacques Villeneuve would partner the Finn next season.

The French-Canadian has spoken out on the decision, stating that they have a good team and there is no reason to change what is overall, a winning package. He also added that there was never a real chance of him driving for the team, largely because he refuses to participate in the media and sponsor appearances that McLaren drivers are renowned for,

"They have a very good team and are doing well, so it's a pretty good choice for him. There was no real chance at any stage of me being a driver for McLaren next year. Not really. There were rumours everywhere, but that's about it".

His future is uncertain, allow Honda believes he will be staying with BAR for a further year; however, a reputed deal with the Benetton/Renault outfit worth £30m over two years, has already been offered to the 1997 World Champion.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Jacques Villeneuve
Teams McLaren , Benetton