Villeneuve unhappy with French circuit

Villeneuve unhappy with French circuit

Having come to a seeming stalemate in the war-of-words with BAR team mate Jenson Button, Jacques Villeneuve has turned his critical view on the Paul Ricard circuit in France. The Canadian has been testing there this week, second fastest yesterday,...

Having come to a seeming stalemate in the war-of-words with BAR team mate Jenson Button, Jacques Villeneuve has turned his critical view on the Paul Ricard circuit in France. The Canadian has been testing there this week, second fastest yesterday, but is unhappy with some safety concerns and doesn't see the point of testing there.

Jacques Villeneuve.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
The circuit, now known as Circuit Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track, was awarded a prize 'For its Design linked to Safety and Security' at the 18th Grand Prix du Festival Automobile awards in January this year. The track was redesigned as a state-of-the-art facility and many tyre barriers were replaced with asphalt run-off strips. However, Villeneuve thinks it's not good enough.

"We did some tyre work but it doesn't help much because the asphalt is so different from any of the circuits we race on," he told Autosport. "Also, some of the corners are so dangerous -- I wish they'd put some tyre barriers here."

"Those asphalt strips do stop the car, but if you miss the line you can go over and just carry on driving, which isn't like any other circuit we race at," he continued. "So I really don't know why we keep coming here. We did some mileage today, but it didn't have a purpose."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Jacques Villeneuve