Villeneuve eyes F1 comeback

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

MONTREAL -- After several unsuccessful attempts and a fair share of critics, Jacques Villeneuve is hinting he may make his Formula One comeback.

In an interview with Agence France-Presse, the former world champion, who was on hand for the Singapore Grand Prix over the weekend, said he's been in contact "with teams with the idea of returning for the 2010 season".

However, the 38-year-old stressed there have been no official talks.

"We're at the interest stage, not at the negotiation (stage)," he said.

Villeneuve added that the process is about becoming a vital asset to a team.

"Right now, I still haven't made myself indispensable, but there's some interest," he said. "More and more, teams seem to be interested in experience."

With 13 teams racing in the upcoming F-1 season, three more than last year, there likely will be several driver spots to fill.

Despite his renewed enthusiasm for racing, some critics have slammed Villeneuve's ambition. Racing insiders in his native Quebec say a comeback would be ridiculous.

"He won an F-1 championship, and then he went to race in all sorts of garbage like truck racing. It took away a lot of his credibility," racing columnist Jacques Duval said.

'BOAT HAS SAILED'

Duval said he doesn't understand why Villeneuve doesn't move on.

"The boat has sailed for Jacques Villeneuve. Even if he has Formula One experience, the modern F-1 is completely different from what he knew," said former driver Bertrand Godin, who added that Villeneuve should savour the success he has had and not see F-1 as something to be attained at all costs.

"It's sad to say, but Jacques Villeneuve is out of touch," he added.


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