Villeneuve Admits "Slim Chances" of F1 Return

Jacques Villeneuve's return to Formula One might be a long way from finalizing, as the Canadian driver revealed, earlier this week, that his discussions for a race seat in 2010 have been “mostly exploratory”. The 1997 F1 champ is currently preparing to contest a NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event near Montreal, as reported by the GMM news agency.

I would return tomorrow if the opportunity was there,” insisted Villeneuve, reiterating his immense interest in rejoining the Formula One grid as soon as possible. “And there's not many years available to do it so I guess it's now or never,” added the Canadian.

However, he rated his chances of making the 2010 roster as “very slim”, as no team has showed a real interest in signing him. His best chances of joining an F1 outfit so far rested with newly-entrants US F1, who theoretically needed an experienced driver to help them grow competitive in the series.

Rumors about Villeneuve's potential deal with the team co-owned by Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson started surfacing in the media soon after the Monaco Grand Prix, when the former Williams & BMW driver was seen in the F1 paddock. His F1 appearances did not stop there, however, as he also visited the F1 caravan at Silverstone.

No less than 6 drivers' seats will be available for the 2010 Formula One roster, with 3 new teams making the field for next year. Apart from US F1, Campos Grand Prix and Manor GP are also to announce their drivers' lineups later this year. Also, other driver positions that look kind of shady for the moment are the ones of Toro Rosso's Sebastien Bourdais and Renault's Nelsinho Piquet, although these are clearly not an option for Villeneuve due to age-related reasons.
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