Villeneueve: FIA ‘backflipped’ over ’11 team

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jacques Villeneuve has said everything was in place for his planned tie-up with Durango to run an F1 team in 2011 and he doesn’t know why the FIA turned down their application to enter as a 13th team next year.

The 1997 world champion told Adelaide Now:

We were working hard on Formula One, but we are looking towards other things like NASCAR now.

We had everything in place for the 13th team, but the FIA did a backflip. There was obviously something we didn’t know about.
Jacques Villeneuve

Last month the FIA turned down all applications for the 13th team slot in 2011, saying “none of the candidates met the requirements to be granted an entry into the Championship.”

Villeneuve, who is competing in the Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercars race this weekend, said he is considering a full-time move to the Australian championship:

They are cars I have always been intrigued by. Mainly because of Bathurst. I also got to see a fair bit of them at Melbourne during the F1. I have also spoken a lot to [Marcus] Ambrose about it in the States.

I have always wanted to get my hands on one, but you can’t just jump in one for a race like Bathurst. You will end up making yourself feel like an idiot. You want get up to speed in a race like that.
Jacques Villeneuve

Other former F1 drivers participating in the race include Sebastien Bourdais, David Brabham, Tiago Monteiro, Gianni Morbidelli and Mika Salo.

Read more: 2011 F1 drivers and teams

Thanks to Jason for the tip