• Jun 15th 2010 at 9:28AM
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They say it's best to quit while you're ahead. But then, Jacques Villeneuve hasn't been ahead in quite some time. The former World Champion hasn't been on the grid – at least, not the Formula One grid – in four years. But even when he was, his performance had slipped drastically since winning it all in 1997 and the Indy title in '95. Still, he's the most successful North American driver on the world stage, and he's prepared to give it one more shot.

Speaking with journalists during this past weekend's Canadian Grand Prix on the circuit named after his father, JV pledged that he'd give it one last try to get on the grid for next season, but after failing that, he'd give up any aspirations on returning to F1. The French Canadian driver, now 39 years old, was hoping to grab a seat with one of the new teams joining the grid for this season, having been linked to both USF1 and Stefan GP, but neither team ultimately made it onto the grid.

Having come in second place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2008, Jacques came within spitting distance of scoring the Triple Crown of Motorsports (together with his F1 and Indy titles), but hasn't competed at the event since, focusing his energies alternately on NASCAR and an F1 comeback. Onetime rival Michael Schumacher, who returned to F1 this season at the ripe old age of 41, reportedly supports Villeneuve's return, but will that be enough to put JV back in the race seat? Only time will tell.

[Source: ESPN | Image: Ryan Remiorz/AP/The Canadian Press]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to see him come back and do well, but lets be honest, if Schumi has some difficulty 3 years after leaving F1 as one of the top drivers then JV's chances don't look so great after having left F1 4 years ago as an average driver.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ RX8

        Yep, I would try for the triple crown instead, but maybe there is more money to be made racing for a F1 team. Well, good luck to him, he is gonna need it. F1 is the pinnacle of motor sport IMO. Very tough at the top.
      • 5 Years Ago
      you mean absolutely lastestest this time?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Somehow I feel this is Mark Martin and Jamie Moyers fault for showing people who are to old for a sport that they still have a chance.
      • 5 Years Ago

      1997 was the best season of F1......ever ! What made it so good ? At the start of the European Grand Prix, Schumacher had a good start, overtaking Villeneuve to take the lead. By lap 48 Villeneuve was catching up to Schumacher and attempted to overtake. Braking later than the German at the Dry Sac corner, Villeneuve had the inside line and was slightly ahead when Schumacher turned into him, his front right wheel connecting with the sidepod of the Williams car. Schumacher retired on the spot and Villeneuve went to take third place and earn four points, enough to take the 1997 title. Schumacher was later punished by the FIA for causing an avoidable accident and was disqualified from the Championship !
      • 5 Years Ago
      on the other hand i can understand he keeps trying, i would as well, no matter how crappy driver i would be... driving F1 must be hard to say bye-bye to
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