Villeneuve Pays Intriguing Visit to Lotus HQ

"During a recent trip to catch-up with old friends Villeneuve spent a day at Group Lotus’ UK headquarters..." This is how the official story of Jacques Villeneuve's visit to Lotus' HQ is being described by the British carmaker, but, to be honest, we reckon there's more than meets the eye here...

As you know, no sooner than today Lotus F1's CEO Tony Fernandes confirmed the team needs two drivers for the cars Lotus is preparing for the 2010 season, confirming at the same time that Jarno Trulli is still not signed.

To make matters even better, Villeneuve himself said he is looking for an F1 spot for 2010. “I'm a racing driver and I always will be, that's why I'm looking about myself for F1,” said the former F1 champion back in July.

Of course, none of the above can be found in Lotus' announcement of Villeneuve's visit. Besides all the usual smiles and kisses, no confirmation of either side taking interest in the other is being provided.

"Jacques’ visit is an honour for Lotus and Lotus is a team. Our people are a blend of talent and expertise combined with passion for our brand. Our highlights are theirs, so this is a special day for us all," Dany Bahar, Lotus CEO said in the release.

"It has been a great day for me to catch-up with my friend Gino Rosato in his new role at Lotus and to see where the magic of Lotus comes from," Villeneuve added.

"My first toy car as a child was a replica model of Emerson Fittipaldi’s Lotus 72, I could say his name before I could say my dad’s! I really enjoyed watching them racing when I was a boy. It has been a really fun trip for me, to see the people working to build the Evora was particularly nice."

We on the other hand take his visit as a nice tease. After all, what are the odds of a former F1 champion, in need of a team, visiting a future F1 team, in need of a driver?
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