JV and Panis set to stay at BAR

Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis appear certain to remain with British American Racing next year, after team boss Craig Pollock dropped his biggest hint to date in the Magny-Cours paddock today (Friday)

JV and Panis set to stay at BAR

The team boss has revealed BAR is poised to make announcement about its driver line-up, and that he is more than happy with both drivers' performances this term. Between them, the duo has placed BAR sixth in the constructors' championship with 12 points after nine races.

"We hope to announce exactly what we are going to do over the next couple of races," said Pollock. "The only thing I will say is that I would very much like to have the same driver line-up, the same management, and the same team. I am very happy with the Villeneuve/Panis partnership."

Pollock, who has been associated with Villeneuve since the 1997 world champion's teenage years, said he is amazed with the rapport between the team mates.

"The relationship between the two is one of respect and they are both getting on extremely well," he said. "It is very surprising, because I have never seen Jacques get on with a team mate before in any series he has competed in. Your biggest competition is your team mate and Jacques seems to be very happy with the fact Olivier is a nice guy and he is doing his job. He respects that.

"They even talk and they can laugh and joke together, which is very unusual for team mates."

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