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Villeneuve Says He Will Return To F1 In 2010 – Could It Be USF1?

Jacques Villeneuve WILL return to Formula One from the 2010 Formula One season he told German car magazine Sport Bild this week.

The Canadian is expected to race for the new American based team USF1, powered by Cosworth engines and headed up by Grand Prix veteran Peter Windsor.

Villeneuve has failed to establish himself in NASCAR, and after attending races recently the 1997 World Champion liked the return to slick tyres and flatter wings.

“It is true, I will return to Formula One.” Villeneuve told the magazine, but refused to say which team.

Meanwhile, USF1 said that their 2010 car or at least the first inception of it will be ready by October.

“Quite a lot of it is ready to manufacture,”Ken Anderson told Autosport Magazine (out tomorrow)

“The chassis is locked down, because we were waiting to hear if the [Cosworth] engine rev limit was 20,000rpm or 18,000rpm.

“The chaps will now start building the chassis in August. We will have it rolling on the ground in late September, without bodywork or stuff, and then the bodywork will get added in October.”

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13 responses

  1. So much for an all American driver line-up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a JV fan, but he’s a French-Canadian who grew up in Monaco and now lives in Quebec.

    July 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    • Herzog

      So who would you consider? Scott Speed, a F1 failure. A F1 driving job isn’t just about the driving; handling the media, travel and level of knowledge to work with your engineers is not for untested rookies. A multi-lingual JV is what an american team needs to relate to a broad fan base. There isn’t anyone thay can extract from the Indy League and put into this job. The only American that really missed out on what could have been an incredible open wheel career in F1 is Jeff Gordon.

      July 29, 2009 at 6:18 pm

  2. Dman

    Don’t get me wrong but I can’t stand JV. That usless piece of over-rated garbage of a driver! I think we have enough drama queens in F1. We don’t need another one to spice things up! He left F1 for a reason and I think USF1 is going to learn very quickly why…just my two sense but I can’t stand that guy! Arghhhhhh

    July 23, 2009 at 6:23 am

    • Herzog

      I’m always stunned by the ignorance of some motor racing fans. There hasn’t been an american driver even come close in F1 since Mario Andretti. Remember the Michael Andretti experiment? I still laugh at his trailer trash wife trying to survive in Europe.
      Jacques is the product of a racing family, his father still recognized as one of the all time F1 drivers. He was treated like a son by Enzo Ferrari. Jacques is a long time professional racer who has excelled at all levels of open wheel racing. I’m happy to see him return to a car on top of slicks. F1 is drama, these are drivers with high expectations placed on their performances and likewise the drivers have high expectation of their cars, fellow competitors.

      July 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    • Italian 66

      Useless piece of over-rated garbage driver??

      Toyota Atlantic series champion.
      Rookie of the year in Indy Car.
      Indy 500 winner.
      Rookie of the year in first year of F1.
      Championship winner in 2nd year of F1.

      Looks like a pretty damn good record for a garbage driver.

      November 17, 2009 at 1:21 am

  3. The guy missed out on being world champion in his rookie year by a few points and won it in his second year. Over-rated garbage? Would that be your two cents?

    July 24, 2009 at 3:48 pm

  4. El Jefe

    Villenueve is a great pickup for USF1. He is North American which is still bettern than European any day of the week! He’ll be a great mentor for whoever the second AMERICAN driver will be.

    I laugh at all u European queers who thinks Americans dont like F1 and think we cant drive. Im American and i hate nascar, yet all the former F1 drivers who have attempted that still sucked far worse than a Champ car driver tryin to make it in F1. Remember Juan Pablo, and u guessed it, Villenueve whom both of which won the cart season, indy 500, and kicked ass in F1!

    August 18, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    • Im not sure Juan Pablo really kicked “ass” as you so put it in Formula One.

      JPM won just 7 races in 95 starts, now bearing in mind he drove for Williams and McLaren which are top teams that percentage should really have been much higher. He ranks just 33rd on the Grand Prix Winners chart, alongside Jenson Button someone most people don’t rank very highly.

      Indeed, you must also take into account that while Jochen Rindt for example won just 6 races (and one World championship) back in the 50’s and 60’s there were far less races in a season so less opportunities to win therefore JPM had the opportunity to bag even more race wins but didn’t.

      Besides all the stats and facts, if he was “That” good why did McLaren sack him?

      August 19, 2009 at 7:40 pm

      • Also worth noting Felipe Massa has been in F1 for as many years as JPM and won 10 races.

        August 19, 2009 at 7:41 pm

  5. I’m one of the non-American queers (Canadian) you are referring to and I think that if you do a little digging you will find that there has been more than a little success in terms of drivers going from Europe to the US. Racing goes a little further back than the past decade. I laugh at you Americans claiming Villeneuve as “North American” when you probably can’t even point Quebec out on a map, let alone spell it properly.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:47 pm

  6. Well, it nice to see the ultimate crook Ken Anderson slither out from under his rock. He helped my machine shop go out of business while he owned Quantum Suspensions based in crook haven Florida, by not paying for his parts. How do A$$holes like this keep being able to prosper while stealing money from hard working people?
    I wish him all that he has en flicked on others.
    Ken, if you read this, you are the ultimate slime bag

    August 23, 2009 at 3:07 pm

  7. Arnet , JV was born in the Canadian city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec to then soon to be Formula One driver Gilles . Although Villeneuve was born in Canada, he was in fact raised in Monaco. JV follow his father’s footsteps and go for racing. He is my favorite racing and I read this that he will return, He’s fan will happy for that good news that he will Return To F1 In 2010.

    July 18, 2010 at 4:23 pm

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