''Serious propositions'' on the table
The sweeping changes introduced this season have Jacques Jacques Villeneuve
firmly aiming for a Formula One seat starting next year. The current regulations are much to his liking – in fact, he requested such changes for years while still an
"In my opinion today's cars are better to watch, and they will be even more so next year," he told Autosprint. "They will be more fun driving them, especially with the fuel-stop ban. You can see them sliding more without electronic aids - this way the show is better."
"I've been saying it for ten years: ban pitstops, get back to slick tyres, and get rid of electronics," Jacques Villeneuve
The 1997 World Champion, who left the sport in 2006, has been seen in the paddocks of Grand Prix venues over the last several weeks. The French Canadian is presenting himself as an experienced candidate, ready, willing and able to play a major part.
"I'm a racing driver and I always will be," he declared. "Driving is the only thing that interests me, and all the mess that's happened helps me. With the test ban, we experienced drivers are handy. I can't say what will happen, but I'm giving it a go."Jacques Villeneuve
has renewed his interest in Formula One because he considers the current regulations as a return to his early days in the sport: "Yes, because the human aspect is counting again, as it did in the past. The work is more like the way I remember it."
"When I left, F1 wasn't fun anymore. Or rather, driving still was, but the atmosphere outside was bad.
You'd spend your half hour with your race engineer after which the computer would prepare your set-up. And they'd tell you: 'shut up and drive'. I'm the type of person that always speaks out, but towards the end everything became very difficult," he explained.
Jacques Jacques Villeneuve
is renowned for speaking his mind - a quality that got him into trouble at some points of his career although events and the passage of time proved him right on certain matters.
The bottom line is that the former Williams, BAR Honda, Renault and BMW Sauber driver wants the sport to be spicy, not sanitized.
"No one speaks out. In my opinion that's also what loses fans," Jacques Villeneuve
stated. "People want to see gladiators, instead they all sound like they love each other. In reality everyone wants to beat everyone else."
In regards to his Formula One prospects, Jacques Villeneuve
is negotiating on his own with high hopes of signing a contract for next season.
"I am talking seriously with teams – new but also older ones," he confirmed to FlagWorld.com. "Serious propositions are effectively on the table, but nothing has been confirmed."