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Old 21 Dec 2001, 04:28 (Ref:188325)   #1
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Villeneuve to Leave at End of '02 - Confirmed??

Well, if you beleive F1Rejects.com, he has already announced he will leave at the end of 2002...I haven't seen confirmation of this anywhere else, but I can't imagine why they'd make it up - I know they are harldy Reuters or Associated Press, but nonetheless, here it is, as it was at the website:

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VILLENEUVE LEAVES BAR. In the wake of his good friend Craig Pollock's departure from the BAR management, Jacques Villeneuve has announced that he will leave the Brackley team at the end of season 2002. It is believed that Jaguar Racing have already put an offer on the table for the services of the 1997 World Champion. 21-Dec-01.
Anyone found confirmation of this?
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Old 21 Dec 2001, 06:15 (Ref:188329)   #2
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Hurray...
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Old 21 Dec 2001, 07:31 (Ref:188336)   #3
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Leave?? But to WHERE?? If indeed JV is saying he's leaving without stipulating a destination beforehand, this could be a very silly move (if true).

Arrows here we come??
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Old 21 Dec 2001, 11:33 (Ref:188393)   #4
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Why don't we start the "Jacques is going to Ferrari chestnut"?
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Old 21 Dec 2001, 11:46 (Ref:188400)   #5
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Judging by the stories flying around at the moment (Renault, quite soon?) I'd be surprised if he hangs around as long as the end of 2002. In fact I'd be surprised if he races any European GP in the BAR!
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Old 21 Dec 2001, 14:06 (Ref:188437)   #6
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I don't think he'll leave BAR unless he can find a better drive. It would be a mistake to leave without lining up a drive elsewhere as he may find it VERY difficult to come back. Maybe he is already having discussions, who knows?
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Old 21 Dec 2001, 14:51 (Ref:188460)   #7
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He may go back to race in the States (CART if it still exists). I think the racing there suits his style better...
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Old 21 Dec 2001, 15:16 (Ref:188473)   #8
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So if he leaves before the end of the season, who will replace him???
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Old 21 Dec 2001, 15:33 (Ref:188476)   #9
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Anthony Davidson??? We'll see as the testing progresses. And anyway, I don't think JV will leave the team once he starts the season. He might try to get a CART position before the start of the season??
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Old 21 Dec 2001, 15:58 (Ref:188480)   #10
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He may go back to race in the States (CART if it still exists). I think the racing there suits his style better...
With proper equipment, his driving style suites any Series fine.
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Old 21 Dec 2001, 17:42 (Ref:188499)   #11
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JV to Jag

Out of the pan...
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Old 21 Dec 2001, 23:34 (Ref:188612)   #12
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I don't think he'll leave BAR unless he can find a better drive. It would be a mistake to leave without lining up a drive elsewhere as he may find it VERY difficult to come back. Maybe he is already having discussions, who knows?
Let's be perfectly honest about BAR: there are only two teams inferior, Minardi and Prost, and Prost is going under. The problem with today's musical chairs game is that there are many talented young drivers ready to snap up a position in a team for not much pay - some even paying their way through endorsements and sponsorship. That leaves a high salaried Jacques with the unenviable position of being overlooked for an up and coming young gun like Mark Webber, James Courtney, Pizzonia, etc....and I am sure there are a gaggle of Fins lurking around. In fact, we are already talking about Bunsen losing his place, Rubens, Heinz, and so on, and these are good drivers capable of winning if ensconced in a top car. The days of the expensive driver demanding a fortune for a place in a team are reserved for the likes of MSch and JPM. There is no way Ralf would be able to command his current salary if he did not have it protected by his long contract.
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Old 22 Dec 2001, 01:09 (Ref:188616)   #13
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Old 22 Dec 2001, 01:09 (Ref:188617)   #14
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How can we be perfectly honest about future unknowns?

Draw a line under the 2001 season and above the line we see BAR Honda in 6th place, with 5 teams under them, not 2. Below the line we can't see any results obviously.

But what we can see is the extension of the Honda engine contract, the hiring of David Richards and Geoff Willis and their track records, by all reports a decent-sized budget, and a pair of top drivers (despite all the knocks on him, if BAR Honda gives Villenueve a good weapon, he will know what to do with it. And Panis is just plain fast).

So if you think you can foreclose the future on Honda, Richards, Willis and Oastler, and JV and Panis and all their sponsors, then fine.

Your a braver man than I am Gunga Din.
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Old 22 Dec 2001, 06:01 (Ref:188640)   #15
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Way too early to tell what JV will do but I'm hoping if he does leave it will be to a competitive team. JV on his day was a delight to watch and he will certainly have a go if he thinks there is half a chance.My kind of driver
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