Jacques Villeneuve seriously exploring the possibilities
Jacques Jacques Villeneuve
has declared himself 'crazy enough' to attempt a Formula One comeback. That was part of the message the 1997 World Champion delivered during a visit to the Hungarian Grand Prix paddock on Friday.Jacques Villeneuve
is running in Belgium's 24 Hours of Spa this weekend, but is using his free time to travel near Budapest and speak with key team figures as he continues to work on securing a deal for a full-time F1 race seat next season. He was also spotted in conversation with Bernie Ecclestone.
"The passion, the desire, the hunger are all there," Jacques Villeneuve
"I am still crazy enough to take Eau Rouge at full speed," he added, referring to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit's famous curve which he will be attacking this week-end, and where the Belgian Grand Prix is also held.
After leaving the BMW Sauber team during the 2006 season, the 38-year-old French Canadian said his years away from the Formula One paddock were good to him.
"There comes a time where you feel suffocated," he explained in French during the AFP interview. "We do the same thing for years and years, we don't even notice it.
And then something is missing. That can take off a tenth or two. There was a negative effect."
The former Williams, BAR, Renault and BMW driver reiterated that he is exploring all possibilities with a preference for an established team, but admitted there might be better chances with one of the three new teams launching their F1 endeavours next year.
"That is where experience is most necessary," Jacques Villeneuve
said. "And furthermore, I already helped in building a team, BAR (which became Honda then Brawn). I already know what to do."
Rumours pointed at a link with USF1, but both parties have indicated that no talks have actually taken place.