Villeneuve to stay with BAR

British American Racing announced today that it has signed a further three-year agreement with its number one driver, Jacques Villeneuve. The Managing Director of BAR, Craig Pollock, expressed his satisfaction with the conclusion of the ...

British American Racing announced today that it has signed a further three-year agreement with its number one driver, Jacques Villeneuve.

The Managing Director of BAR, Craig Pollock, expressed his satisfaction with the conclusion of the negotiations: "We are absolutely delighted with Jacques' decision and the fact he has registered a significant vote of confidence in British American Racing."

Speculation has been rampant for the past several months about the future of Villeneuve, the 1997 F1 World Champion, including rumors of him signing for either Team McLaren, or for Benetton (soon to become Renault).

However, Villeneuve appears to have achieved a level of comfort regarding the team's future prospects, and that he will indeed have a realistic chance to fight for another World Championship with BAR.

"Jacques has been an integral part of the team since its formation two years ago," said Pollock. "His commitment to stay indicates that he shares our belief that this is an organisation with which he can win races, and ultimately the World Championship, in the future."

Villeneuve's decision, combined with McLaren's earlier announcement of its plans to retain the services of both Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard for the 2001 season, now greatly clarifies the situation for next season.

The remaining major decision is for WilliamsF1: the team must determine Ralf Schumacher's partner for next year. Its choices are expected to be between its current #2 driver, Jenson Button, and Juan Pablo Montoya, the reigning CART champion.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams McLaren , Williams , Benetton , British American Racing