Jacques Villeneuve Q&A

Jacques Villeneuve burst onto the Formula 1 scene with pole position in his first grand prix, a race he was unlucky not to win. The world championship followed a year later but since then the Canadian has had only a handful of podium finishes to show for his effort. After four largely fruitless seasons with BAR, Villeneuve is coming to the end of a lucrative five-year contract, but is optimistic that for once the team has produced a car worthy of his talents. Andrew Van de Burgt caught up with the 1997 world champion in Barcelona.

Jacques Villeneuve Q&A



"I try to do that every year, it's just that the lack of results mean that people don't see much. At the end of the day it doesn't matter how hard you race, how hard you drive, if people see it they'll forget about it because they'll open a magazine and see where you finished and that's all that matters. This year the car will be a lot more competitive, so if I do the same thing I've been doing for the last few years it will pay off and we'll be on the podium."



"Oh yeah definitely. After so many years of hard work, if we can finally get one good year before the contract comes to an end I'll be happy."



"To drive anywhere that allows me win races would be a start, but we'll find out at the end of the season."



"At the end of 1998 perhaps I didn't take a long enough look at what options were available to me, but I never live with regrets."



"Olivier and I tested as much last year, so I don't know why everyone believes that I never tested. The difference is that if Olivier tested something in the first place and liked it I knew that there was no point in me having to try it too and I hope that will be the case with Jenson as well."



"When he tested for us before he didn't really have any experience. But now he has a full season of F1 behind him he should be a lot better as a test driver so long as he remembers that he is a test driver and not a race driver and that he is testing for Jenson and I, then he will be useful."



"If Jenson is quick and strong then I will respect him and we will work together or else he will be weak and like another Zonta."

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