Frentzen backs JV in pit-stop row

Sauber veteran Heinz Harald Frentzen has backed his former team-mate Jacques Villeneuve, by saying that he doesn't think the Canadian deliberately pitted at the same time as Jenson Button in the Australian Grand Prix

Frentzen backs JV in pit-stop row

Frentzen and Villeneuve were team-mates at Williams in 1997 and 1998. Following the Australian Grand Prix, when Villeneuve was accused of blocking Button's pit-stop, some suggested that the Canadian had done likewise to Frentzen at Williams, but the German denies this.

"Jacques was perfectly fair when we drove together," he told The Sun. "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 and spoil another driver's pit-stop 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."

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