Villeneuve: I've no desire to switch

Jacques Villeneuve says he has no intention of leaving British American Racing at the end of the season unless he is forced to

Villeneuve: I've no desire to switch

The 1997 world champion, who joined BAR when it was set up in 1999, says he has every intention of staying at the British team through a fourth season, even though he admits he keeps an eye on other opportunities.

"There is not going to be a decision moment," said the Canadian, who is currently being more than matched by BAR newcomer Olivier Panis. "As far as I know, we are together for next year unless something happens.

"It is a matter of something happening that will force me to leave. I have said before that I am always looking at what is happening elsewhere because you always have to be prepared just in case.

"That doesn't mean I was thinking of changing," he added. "It is always good to know what is happening. You have to cover your back."

Villeneuve also believes that BAR is as good as any team out there - excluding Ferrari - so his options are limited.

"There aren't any realistic options that are going to be any better than BAR," he continued. "Apart from Ferrari, there is nothing clear on who is going to be competitive anyway.

"This team has as good a chance as anyone else to be competitive next year. And after all the hard work we have put in here, it is probably not the right thing to do to change."

Team boss Craig Pollock told Autosport.com at Magny Cours that he wants to keep his driver line-up the same for next year if he can.

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