Limited options available to Villeneuve

Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve is facing a race against time to find a seat in Formula 1 next year following the decision by BAR-Honda to ditch him in favour of Takuma Sato

Limited options available to Villeneuve

The long-predicted confirmation that Honda favourite Sato would replace Villeneuve came in Tokyo today (Tuesday), and only a limited number of options are now open to him.

Perhaps the best seat available would be at Jaguar Racing, which has yet to confirm Mark Webber's team-mate for 2004. The Milton Keynes-based team might have to take a part-funded driver such as Jos Verstappen, however, unless Villeneuve could lure a sponsor to the team thanks to his reputation.

Sauber-Petronas still has one seat open alongside Giancarlo Fisichella, but this will almost certainly filled by Ferrari test driver Felipe Massa. With Minardi a non-starter for the former champion, perhaps his most likely chance is Jordan as his manager, Craig Pollock, has been linked to a buy-in of the Silverstone-based squad.

As well as owning shares in BAR, Pollock runs a team in the US-based Champ Car series - another category in which Villeneuve has been a champion in the past. If none of the above work out for him, Villeneuve could be starting his last grand prix for some time at Suzuka this weekend.

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