Villeneuve will test an Alpine F1 at Monza after the Italian GP
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It will be the 51-year-old’s first time at the wheel of a near-modern F1 since his last race with Clean BMW and Hockenheim and 2006.
The opportunity arose through his relationship with the television channel Canal +and is part of the 25th anniversary celebration of his world championship title, which he won in a Williams with Renault engine in 1997.
Jacques Villeneuve drove for the team of In stone in the last three races of the 2004 season alongside the current Alpine driver, Alonso, obtaining two tenth places and an eleventh. He also worked with the boss of Alpine, Otmar Szafnauer, in his time of BAR Honda.
The A521 is the car Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon raced in last season and used this year for young driver development testing Oscar Piastri and Jack Doohan.
“It happened thanks to the link with Canal+. A French team and French television, and I won 25 years ago with a Renault engine,” Villeneuve told Motorsport.com.
“That’s why. But it will be last year’s car at Monza and you can’t get out of tune, so it will be useful laps.”
“I’ve done three races with Fernando, so I have a history with that team, and [el actual director deportivo] Alan Permanente was my engineer.”
“It’s super, super exciting. It’s crazy. It will be nice to understand what these cars can do too. I tried the simulator. Modern cars are not impressive at low speeds, but they are incredible at great speed.”
“I just have to make sure I get a good spot. It’s going to be hell, because the G-forces are going to be amazing. The good thing is you have a long straight. So you can relax physically there- down.”
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521
Villeneuve acknowledged that the steering wheel controls are even more complicated now than when he last raced in F1 in 2006, but he’s not worried about that.
“Yeah, but everything becomes a habit. I’ve always been a gamer, not just racing games, and once you get used to it, you can do anything.”
“When it’s not a habit yet is when it gets hard, when you have to start looking at the flyer and thinking ‘oh, what does that mean’, and you don’t have I don’t have time. But when it becomes a habit, something natural, then it becomes easy.”
Villeneuve stressed that he remains an active driver: “I never stopped wanting to do it. So my goal lately has been to go to NASCAR. After doing Daytona this year, it gave me the courage to try to do a full season. But right now I’m so busy with the TV that it’s blocking out everything else.”
The Canal+ commentator, Julien Febreauexperienced pilot, will also have the opportunity to fly the A521 at Monza, while the team will also field this year’s A522 for a shooting day.
Villeneuve and Febreau will prepare their test in Monza test drive a car 2012 Lotus E20 of “driving experience” at Paul Ricard this week.
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