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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