The proposed Villeneuve Racing F1 project is actually a partnership with former GP2 team Durango.
The Italian outfit announced its intention to enter some months ago, amid scepticism reflecting the fact that having failed to find enough money to stay afloat in GP2, it seemed an unlikely candidate for an F1 entry.
However the addition to the mix of Villeneuve and his manager Rick Gorne – one of the founders of BAR – has clearly made it a more interesting proposition.
“Jacques is an energetic and willing guy,” Durango team boss Ivone Pinton told website 422race. “I really hope together we will find a place. For Durango, to work with him is an honour and a privilege: we are talking about the son of a myth and a former World Champion. Even if I know him since he was 16. And I always said that, whenever he’s OK, he’s a great driver, who won in every series.”
Pinto did not reveal anything about potential technical partners, although it’s worth noting that having ended its deal with HRT, Dallara could be available. Durango is also known to have talked to Toyota.
“We still don’t know where the car would be built, but the home of the team will be ours, in Italy.”
Regarding Villeneuve’s role, Pinton said: “Together with being driver, I’m sure he will actively contribute to the company. I think he’s preparing himself the job to do after he quits driving.”