Villeneuve to stay with BAR for 2003

Villeneuve to stay with BAR for 2003

Jacques Villeneuve has denied that he is ready to quit BAR at the end of this season and insists he will stay with the team next year. Since his manager Craig Pollock quit as boss of BAR at the end of last year there has been much speculation...

Jacques Villeneuve has denied that he is ready to quit BAR at the end of this season and insists he will stay with the team next year. Since his manager Craig Pollock quit as boss of BAR at the end of last year there has been much speculation about Villeneuve's future. The team have yet to score points this season and rumour had it that the Canadian was ready to quit if things didn't improve. Villeneuve said this weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix that a previous statement he had made was to do with his career, not with leaving BAR.

Jacques Villeneuve.
Photo by Mark Gledhill.
"When I said, 'enough is enough', I was talking about a time when I will have to make a decision about the end of my career. I was not talking about BAR," he explained. "Everyone expects me to leave at the end of the year, but it makes me laugh. To leave here would be very complicated, and first I would have to see if there were any interesting offers elsewhere. If it is to go to a team and start again, I'm not interested. If I had to make a change, it would be to win races or that it was going very badly at BAR."

Villeneuve thinks his home race in Canada will show if progress is being made but for now he has no intentions of doing anything but concentrating on his job: "The progress the team will make starting at the Canadian Grand Prix will be important for me," he commented. "After that, it will be easier to think about it, but for now I have no decision to make. I am concentrating on my job with BAR and I will be back with the team next year."

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Series Formula 1
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