Villeneuve CART return still possible

Jacques Villeneuve has not ruled out a return to Champ Car racing, according to his manager Craig Pollock, who could set up his own team in the US-based series (see link below)

Villeneuve CART return still possible

Villeneuve has been targeted by Forsythe Racing's sponsor Player's cigarettes to return to the championship he won in 1995 before making the switch to Formula 1. Although he is expected to remain with British American Racing for a fifth season in 2003, the Canadian has yet to commit.

"If the right deal was put together, Jacques would come here and drive again," said Pollock, who attended last weekend's Champ Car race in Miami with his driver.

"He loves CART and he's been very vocal about it and he's got a lot of issues with the [rival] Indy Racing League and what it's done to open-wheel [racing] in this country.

"People might perceive it as a step down, but it would be a kick in the teeth to F1 and a big boost to CART."

Forsythe will run a three-car Canadian 'super-team' with Paul Tracy, Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani next year, as Player's attempt to make the most of what will be its final season in motorsport. If Villeneuve was to join them, it would only be if he could return to F1 in 2004.

"The key is that Jacques has to go back to F1," said Pollock. "He would give a year to Player's to help them win a championship and also give BAR a chance to build a better package.

"As I said, Jacques would not be against coming back to CART for 2003, but it would have to be the right deal and a deal that suits all parties."

Pollock added that the '97 F1 world champion is not motivated by money, but would expect to be paid his worth.

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