Schuey a bad influence, says Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve says Michael Schumacher is not setting a good example to young drivers. The BAR driver derided the reigning champion for playing lip service to racing etiquette by talking up safety and then driving ruthlessly

Schuey a bad influence, says Villeneuve

Villeneuve said the extent of Schumacher's ruthlessness was demonstrated by the fact that he was prepared to drive across his own brother to defend his lead at the start of the European Grand Prix.

"I don't think it is a good example for the young generation," said Villeneuve, the 1997 World Champion. "Drivers in smaller series look at Formula 1 and the examples that are being set. People follow the example of anyone who is quick."

Despite extensive discussion amongst the drivers over the 'one move' rule, Villeneuve believes Schumacher's interpretation of the rule is still not right.

"I think it is a good example of following to the letter what is written in the regulations book, even though it is not following the spirit of what is written," he added. "I am just surprised because it was Ralf on the other side. That is how we have seen Michael do most of his starts in the last three or four years and nobody seems to think it is bad.

"Everyone knows why that one move rule was written," continued the Canadian. "It was written so you don't put someone in the grass or force someone else to hit the brakes, but then if you just read it as it is written then it allows you to move at any time and that is wrong.

"It is not the intent of the rule, but I am sure Michael understands that because he is Mr Safety! I am sure he is intelligent enough to understand the meaning of the rule."

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