Villeneuve sorry for punting off Panis

Jacques Villeneuve apologised to his British American Racing team mate Olivier Panis for bumping the Frenchman out of the British Grand Prix on the opening lap

Villeneuve sorry for punting off Panis

Villeneuve started the race alongside his team mate from 12th on the grid, but was unable to turn in at the first corner and collided with Panis, who spun into the gravel trap and out of the race.

Although Panis in fact turned in on Villeneuve, the 1997 world champion accepted full responsibility for the clash.

"I just couldn't turn," said Villeneuve. "I just went straight on and Olivier, who was next to me, didn't see me. He turned in and we ended up banging wheels. I feel very sorry about it because it was my fault."

Villeneuve damaged the front wing and undertray of his BAR-Honda, but was able to carry on with the race, albeit to only eighth place. The Canadian managed to fend off an attacking Eddie Irvine, but was harried by the Ulsterman all the way to the finish.

"In the end, it was hitting Olivier that allowed me to turn though," said Villeneuve. "My race then went to pot after that. I had a broken wing and front floor so aerodynamically the car wasn't working. It was good enough to fight with, but the race was very tough."

The incident rounded off a lacklustre weekend for Villeneuve, who has scored just seven points this season and said after Saturday's qualifying session that he thought his BAR team had taken a step back this year.

"At the end of the day, this [the coming together] is not good for the team and it is not good for Olivier," he said.

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