Villeneuve plays fair says Frentzen

Villeneuve plays fair says Frentzen

Jacques Villeneuve has found an unlikely ally in his ongoing contretemps with Jenson Button, in the shape of former team-mate Heinz-Harald Frentzen. The feuding BAR drivers continued their winter war-of-words when Button hinted that Villeneuve ...

Jacques Villeneuve has found an unlikely ally in his ongoing contretemps with Jenson Button, in the shape of former team-mate Heinz-Harald Frentzen. The feuding BAR drivers continued their winter war-of-words when Button hinted that Villeneuve pitting on the same lap as him in Australia was deliberate, to spoil the Englishman's race. Villeneuve responded by calling Button 'weak', to which the youngster retorted that the Canadian was 'pathetic'.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen.
Photo by Nikki Reynolds.
The spat is quiet for the moment and Frentzen, who spent two years as Villeneuve's team-mate at Williams, said Jacques was always fair with him and he can't imagine that he would pull a stunt like the pit stop just to play head-games with Button.

"Jacques was perfectly fair when we drove together," Frentzen told the British press. "I didn't have any trouble with him, and if there were any mind games going on, they went completely over my head."

"To try to spoil another driver's pitstop would be very difficult as you do not know exactly when the other guy is supposed to come in. Jacques never tried anything like that with me and I wouldn't expect him to do it now. It had to be a mistake. If it was on purpose, Jacques must have changed completely and I cannot see that. Jenson should just get on with the job."

One Williams team member reportedly said after the BAR boys clashed in the pit lane that Villenueve had played the same game with Frentzen when they were team mates -- from Frentzen's comments, it was a waste of Vileneuve's time as the amiable German never even noticed.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Jacques Villeneuve
Teams Williams