Franchitti: Villeneuve's got it wrong

Dario Franchitti completed his first test with the 2003 Dallara-Honda IRL car at Phoenix last week, and then responded to questions that Jacques Villeneuve raised about his move to the Indy Racing League

Franchitti: Villeneuve's got it wrong

"The test was very good," said the Scotsman in an exclusive interview with AUTOSPORT sister title RACER. "I really enjoyed it. It's a lot different to what I'm used to. On ovals I'm used to low downforce, so to have so much grip was actually a lot of fun - very different. The Honda engine seems good, but I can't say too much about that. But I think the whole package will be very effective."

One thing he wasn't happy about were comments made by Formula 1 driver Jacques Villeneuve in AUTOSPORT's Christmas issue. Among many things that the Canadian said was that: "Franchitti will find it so boring. From a career perspective he possibly has a better chance of winning a championship, and possibly CART-wise he couldn't get another contract to stay there, so he had no choice."

Franchitti said "For Jacques to say that is very strange. He's not talking from a position of knowledge - he's never driven one of these cars, and he's never been to an IRL race. Basically those comments are assumptions. Yes, sure I'm going to miss racing on road courses a lot, but this is still an exciting move.

"As a team we are coming into this new, and that is a challenge, and there are some very strong teams to beat. But that is part of the fun, and winning is too, and we are working to be in a position to do that from the start. When was the last time Jacques looked like winning a race?

"I can assure you that racing as close as it is here is not boring" he continued. "How boring is it to be running around at the back in F1?"

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