F1: Jacques Villeneuve is not sorry for the teams that have not been able to adapt to the changes

MONTREAL – Jacques Villeneuve has never had his tongue in his pocket and his fifty years will never change.

Known on the sidelines of the Canadian Grand Prix, where the 25th anniversary of his world championship title was celebrated in 1997, Villeneuve did not give up when asked to comment on the complaints of several drivers, led by Lewis Hamilton. makes the porpoise.

“It depends on the team to solve the problem, he reacted to a cake on the occasion of the anniversary. The rules are the same for everyone. Those that crashed, much worse for them.

“We don’t have to make regulations to help those who have done shit. We saw it with Mercedes and its drivers, they complained more and from what we see of possible changes in regulations, this penalizes them more than the others. So it makes me laugh a little. »

On Thursday, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) issued a directive asking teams to make adjustments to reduce or eliminate this problem. All this in response to images of Hamilton struggling to get out of his car at the end of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last week, due to back pain caused by this aerodynamic phenomenon that causes huge vibrations.

“To go faster, you have to go closer to the ground,” Villeneuve continued. It’s like in the 80’s, 90’s, to go fast, you had to roll close to the ground and grit your teeth. It’s a choice. »

And alluding to the complaints of Hamilton and Mercedes who have been fighting harder than others since the start of the season, it’s not very conciliatory.

“They complained a lot about trying to change a rule, to increase the budget limit to be able to redesign their car, not because of the porpoise, but because they lost it. It’s up to them to adapt. The others got it. »

Ferrari made the right decision

Smiling and relaxed, Villeneuve also commented on Ferrari’s latest reliability issues, which have led to two withdrawals from Charles Leclerc in the last three races. But according to him, it would be a mistake to count Ferrari as defeated.

“The regulations are a bit harsh on engines, which will be frozen for four years. On the other hand, engine manufacturers can work on reliability and when we work on reliability, we improve power. Therefore, it is better to make a very powerful engine that breaks, but we can improve, than a weak engine that does not break, but that will stay that way for four years. »

Accompanied in the paddock by his wife Giulia and the last member of the family, Gilles in tribute to his father, born earlier this year, Villeneuve values ​​what he is currently seeing in Formula 1.

“We see it this year, there is a lot of competition. Pilots can be more aggressive, attack more and that’s it fun. »

Around the cake prepared for the occasion, Villeneuve had trouble realizing that he had been crowned world champion 25 years ago.

“I have the impression that it was yesterday,” said Grand Prix promoter François Dumontier. It’s incredible. All that is missing here is a victory. »

Dumontier joked to him, “if you could have avoided the wall of champions,” in reference to the famous trap that claimed many victims at the exit of the last corner of the circuit.

“No, no! You must have left your mark there, everyone is talking about it,” Villeneuve replied with a laugh.

He also recalled with emotion the great public celebration at the Moslon Center that followed his world title.

“At that moment, it took my breath away. It’s now when I realize a lot about what it meant to have won, to have represented Canada, Quebec internationally. To see all the excitement. It touched me, why not I was expecting it. ”

While many believe his success has contributed to the sustainability of the Montreal event, Villeneuve is quite pleased to see that F1 is popular with several generations of fans.

“There are several generations in the stands, so people who saw F1 when I was driving. It’s a passion that passes from father to son, from mother to daughter, and it’s back this year. Maybe it’s the two years we’ve been “Everyone is trapped at home. I needed something exciting. And F1 has been very exciting again for the last two years. There’s action on the track and it’s fun.”

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