Kubica ‘clearly slower’ than Russell – Villeneuve

Jun.11 (GMM) Jacques Villeneuve has not changed his controversial view about Robert Kubica’s return to Formula 1.

Just after the Pole’s return race in Melbourne, 1997 world champion Villeneuve called it “terrible” for the sport.

“Formula 1 should be the pinnacle of racing, so it’s not good for the sport if someone with a disability can participate,” he said.

Now, in his native Canada for last weekend’s Montreal race, Villeneuve said he has not changed his opinion.

“I was not a fan of Robert’s return,” he told TVP Sport.

“For me, Formula 1 is the elite. It is for the absolute best.

“The only thing that counts is that Robert is clearly slower than his teammate (George Russell), who is after all a rookie. Only the results matter,” Villeneuve added.

However, he acknowledged that it is possible rumours that Russell has better material at his disposal this year could be true.

“I don’t know. I’m not on the team,” said Villeneuve.

“But I would say in Formula 1 that’s not likely. These cars are very similar to each other. Yes it could be that, but perhaps the settings don’t match Robert’s style and they match Russell’s.

“You can’t see everything from the outside.”

Villeneuve also holds firm on his view about Williams, having earlier described the team he won his title and all of his 11 wins with as “dead”.

“The team is finished,” he still says now.

“They are doing nothing to improve the situation. The only thing that interests them is to show a good financial result at the end of the year.

“Last year they had a profit of $16 million. The investors are happy and that is enough for them,” he added.

Related News

  • 29/03/2019 Williams lacking spare parts in Bahrain – Kubica Mar.29 (GMM) Robert Kubica says he will stay off the curbs this weekend in Bahrain because Williams does not have enough spare parts. "We cannot afford to break anything," said the […]
  • 15/04/2019 Williams ‘no longer a racing team’ – Villeneuve Apr.15 (GMM) Williams' problems can be traced back to the decision to float on the stock exchange. That is the view of Jacques Villeneuve, who in 1997 won the once-great team's last […]
  • 05/06/2019 Latifi targeting ‘Super Licence’ for 2020 Jun.5 (GMM) Nicholas Latifi has played down suggestions he is now on the cusp of a F1 race seat. The 23-year-old, whose father Michael co-owns McLaren, is the test driver at Williams […]
  • 09/06/2019 Williams ‘impossible to drive’ – Kubica Jun.9 (GMM) Robert Kubica has admitted he is unhappy with his situation at Williams. Until now, the Pole has said that despite his and the team's struggle in 2019, he is enjoying his […]
  • 27/03/2019 Villeneuve slammed over Kubica comments Mar.27 (GMM) Former F1 driver Lucas di Grassi has slammed Jacques Villeneuve over comments about Robert Kubica's return to the sport. The always-outspoken 1997 world champion Villeneuve […]
  • 02/11/2018 De Vries plays down Williams ‘rumours’ Nov.2 (GMM) Nyck de Vries has played down reports he might complete Williams' 2019 driver lineup. The beleaguered British team is looking for a well-funded driver to be George Russell's […]
  • 11/05/2019 Latifi could replace Kubica at Williams – report May 11 (GMM) The first rumours that Robert Kubica could be ousted by Williams have emerged. The Pole has struggled alongside George Russell on his return to F1 after an eight year […]
  • 21/06/2019 Russell denies Kubica’s claims about car Jun.21 (GMM) George Russell has denied Robert Kubica's claims about the unpredictability of their Williams cars. Although also suggesting the pair are not enjoying identical equipment, […]
  • 15/03/2019 No pressure on dead-last Williams – Russell Mar.15 (GMM) George Russell has denied that Williams is under pressure this weekend in Melbourne. Once a multiple race and title-winning team, Oxfordshire based Williams has hit rock […]
  • 26/04/2019 Williams to use new rear wing in Baku Apr.26 (GMM) Struggling backmarker Williams has brought a new rear wing to Baku. It is the first obvious upgrade for 2019, but Robert Kubica in Baku said championship points remain […]