1997 world champion maintains training programme, ready for race opportunity
30 April 2010

Jacques Villeneuve is continuing to prepare for an F1 comeback, in case any drives become available during this season.

The 1997 world champion came close to returning to the grid in 2010 with Stefan GP, but missed out when the team wasn't granted an entry into the championship.

"I'm pushing on anyway," said Villeneuve, 39. "Last year showed that teams change their drivers during a season. And the return of Schumacher and de la Rosa is a sign that experience is appreciated once again."

Villeneuve also dismissed claims that Michael Schumacher's age is holding back his performances this year.

"Look at hockey," he said. "Guys in their late 30s are still at world-class level. It's because we're all living much healthier and have gained ten years."

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30 April 2010

Note to all retired Formula One Drivers:

Stay retired.

30 April 2010

Seriously Jacques, if you look at how much Schumacher is struggling to re-assert himself, you should take a long, hard look at yourself before even thinking about it. He was much better than you when you were both in your prime, and unlike you, he maintained his performance for a lot longer (the years 1999-2006 come to mind).

Weren't you sacked by both BAR and BMW-Sauber for being too slow? What makes you think you are any faster now???

If this sort of thing keeps up, next we will have Nigel Mansell wanting yet another go in a Williams...

30 April 2010

[quote Richard H]

Note to all retired Formula One Drivers:

Stay retired.

[/quote]

If they can stay on the pace, why shouldn't they come back? Let's wait until the Spanish Grand Prix is over to make such judgments: and I bet Ayrton Senna could still give the youngsters a run for their money, if he were still alive. Kimi Raikkonen (sp?) has only been out for a year, and there's talk of him coming back either in the middle of this season or next year... and he's pretty damn good.

30 April 2010

Hmmm... Jacques Villeneuve or Ralf Schumacher, now that's a tough one.

30 April 2010

Tomorrow`s headline; Stirling Moss eyes F1 return -" I can show these young whippersnappers how it`s done."

Lanciaman

30 April 2010

[quote Lanciaman]

Tomorrow`s headline; Stirling Moss eyes F1 return -" I can show these young whippersnappers how it`s done."

[/quote]

Haha! Well, if he can keep up with Vettel and co, why not? Clearly, he wouldn't be able to, but I'd be interested to see if Moss could keep up in a slower race like the BTCC or the DTM...

30 April 2010

[quote Rob 7]

Hmmm... Jacques Villeneuve or Ralf Schumacher, now that's a tough one.

[/quote]

Neither is really a nice person, are they?

30 April 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]If they can stay on the pace [or thereabouts while getting back up to speed against a superb team-mate in a car that doesn't suit them - as a general qualification of the point there], why shouldn't they come back? Let's wait until the Spanish Grand Prix is over to make such judgments: and I bet Ayrton Senna could still give the youngsters a run for their money [with racecraft if not in outright pace], if he were still alive. Kimi Raikkonen (sp?) has only been out for a year, and there's talk of him coming back either in the middle of this season or next year... and he's pretty damn good.[/quote]

Superlative, superlative, superlative! You really are a clever boy, you know - I've always said that. Always.

Now one does not need to, yet again, explain why Richard Hammond is rather the archetypical senseless, tedious, catty and partisan plonker, wot!

Nothing personal in any way at all.

30 April 2010

[quote VirginPower]

[quote Rover P6 3500S]If they can stay on the pace [or thereabouts while getting back up to speed against a superb team-mate in a car that doesn't suit them - as a general qualification of the point there], why shouldn't they come back? Let's wait until the Spanish Grand Prix is over to make such judgments: and I bet Ayrton Senna could still give the youngsters a run for their money [with racecraft if not in outright pace], if he were still alive. Kimi Raikkonen (sp?) has only been out for a year, and there's talk of him coming back either in the middle of this season or next year... and he's pretty damn good.[/quote]

Superlative, superlative, superlative! You really are a clever boy, you know - I've always said that. Always.

Now one does not need to, yet again, explain why Richard Hammond is rather the archetypal senseless, tedious, catty and partisan plonker, wot!

Nothing personal in any way at all.

[/quote]

For all that I am a Richard H, I'm not the Hamster... yes, he can be a bit tedious sometimes. For all that your rantings sometimes have me screaming at the computer, VP, I think people need to give Schumi another chance - this new car could be the making of his comeback. All drivers should be given a chance if their track record (pun not intended) is good enough. However, someone mentioned that a friend of theirs had said that, for all that Schumi was statistically the greatest driver F1 had ever seen, the competition he had faced was not as fierce as in Senna's heyday, and that overall he might not be the greatest. Not my personal view, just sayin'...

30 April 2010

Hakkinen, anyone?

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