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15 September: Just after the Renault F1 team announced that Jacques Villeneuve will be testing for the team on Wednesday and Thursday of this week with the potential of driving for the team at the final 3 events of this season (story), the Sauber Petronas team announced that Jacques Villeneuve has signed a two year deal with them from 2005 onwards.
Jacques Villeneuve will partner Felipe Massa who will continue driving for the team next season.

Team Principal Peter Sauber said "I have to admit that signing a former World Champion is something truly special for me. However, I want to make it clear that this was not the decisive factor. When I was talking to Jacques, I could feel that he is absolutely keen and committed to return to Formula One. He was always a great fighter and I am convinced that together we can achieve a lot. I fully realise that signing a former World Champion is also an obligation for the team to provide him with a car that meets his expectations. SAUBER PETRONAS has made considerable progress this year, and I am confident that we are ready to tackle this challenge."

Jacques Villeneuve said "I am extremely excited to be back in Formula One with the SAUBER PETRONAS Team, and I appreciate the confidence everybody is showing in me. It is my goal to work with Peter and his team to bring them forward in the championship during the next two seasons. In my recent visit to Sauber I have been extremely impressed by the professionalism which is apparent throughout the factory. I am looking forward to seeing the results that will be developed by the state-of-the-art wind tunnel."

Related Stories:
Jacques Villeneuve to drive for Renault F1 at the final 3 races of the season

Jacques Villeneuve to test for Renault as Jarno Trulli is released early

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