JV eyes Le Mans prize after F1

Jacques Villeneuve has set his sights on winning the Le Mans 24 Hours after he retires from Formula 1

JV eyes Le Mans prize after F1

If the Canadian was to accomplish the feat, he would be the first driver ever to win all four of motor racing's major prizes - the Formula 1 Drivers' World Championship, the Champ Car title, the Indianapolis 500 and the French round-the-clock classic.

Speaking in this week's Autosport magazine the 1997 F1 world champ said: "The reason for me to do Le Mans is that nobody has won all four. Three have been won, but never four."

Graham Hill is the driver who came closest, winning the Formula 1 Drivers' title in 1962 and 1968, taking victory in the Indy 500 in 1966 and winning Le Mans in 1972. Hill, however, never actually ran a full Champ Car season.

But Villeneuve wants to take it one step further and win all four - and as quickly as possible after his F1 career.

"If you stop racing for a few years, then you are not on it anymore," he said. "You can still be quick, but not absolutely on it. So I'd want to do Le Mans straightaway after F1, get it over with and then I can get away from racing completely."

Villeneuve won the Indy 500 in 1995 on his way to taking the Champ Car crown, before making the switch to F1 to following year.

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