Villeneuve pessimistic over BAR future

Jacques Villeneuve is pessimistic about his chances of remaining in Formula 1 for 2004, according to reports in the Canadian press following a meeting with BAR-Honda team boss David Richards in Monza yesterday

Villeneuve pessimistic over BAR future

Villeneuve's future with the BAR-Honda team has been the subject of speculation for several weeks, and it is believed that the Japanese manufacturer would like to see test driver Takuma Sato in the race seat next year. This leaves the 1997 F1 World Champion with few, if any, realistic alternatives for next season.

"It lasted five minutes...excuse me, 10 minutes," Villeneuve said of the meeting with Richards. "Craig Pollock is still in talks with him, so I don't know what the answer will be, but I have my own idea from having already spoken to David.

"I'm waiting for the verdict and that's never a good position to be in. It's too bad because I've won races and I've won a championship. I always did my best and didn't embarrass anyone even though I could have on this team. I always supported them.

"But in the space of two years, certain people have managed to destroy all I've accomplished since I started. I find that difficult to accept, but I have to live with it."

Villeneuve was quoted last week as suggesting that he may even be replaced by Sato before the end of the year, but the French-Canadian moved to quell any speculation based on this: "I said that, but it was a joke. As nothing surprises me any more and knowing what certain people on the team want to do next season, I said that it wouldn't surprise me if there was a Japanese driver in my car."

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