We all know it’s Method 1 ‘foolish season’, however Jacques Villeneuve to drive for Alpine? Nicely, will probably be taking place at Monza subsequent week.
Not with a view to a 2023 race seat, after all. A minimum of we don’t suppose so. It’s been a bonkers summer season, particularly for Alpine, however that might be an enormous stretch even by their requirements.
As an alternative, Pierre Gasly stays the recent favorite to companion Esteban Ocon subsequent yr.
However the 1997 World Champion shall be placing an Alpine F1 automotive by way of its paces after the Italian Grand Prix weekend, within the first time he has pushed near-contemporary equipment since his last grand prix at Hockenheim for Sauber in 2006.
Will probably be the 2021 Alpine and is because of occur at Monza on Wednesday, stemming from Villeneuve’s relationship with broadcaster Canal+.
There may be additionally a reference to Renault, after all. They powered Villeneuve to his world title with Williams and he additionally competed in three races for his or her manufacturing facility crew on the finish of the 2004 season, a marketing campaign he had sat out for essentially the most half after leaving BAR in 2003.
He changed Jarno Trulli to step in alongside Fernando Alonso – who’s, after all, a present Alpine racer however destined to hitch Aston Martin subsequent season.
Talking about his Monza take a look at, Villeneuve advised Motorsport.com: “It occurred by way of the hyperlink with Canal+, a French crew and French TV, and I received 25 years in the past with Renault.
“So it’s an outing due to that. It’s final yr’s automotive and you’ll’t detune them, so will probably be correct laps.
“I did three races with Fernando so I’ve a previous with that crew, and [current sporting director] Alan Permane was my engineer.
“That is tremendous, super-exciting. It’s loopy. Will probably be good to grasp these vehicles as nicely. I attempted the simulator. The fashionable vehicles aren’t spectacular within the slow-speed however they’re unimaginable in excessive velocity.
“I simply have to ensure I’ve a superb seat. Will probably be hell, as a result of the G-forces shall be unimaginable. The great factor is you could have a protracted straight, so bodily you’ll be able to loosen up!”
Villeneuve remains to be racing and took half within the opening NASCAR Cup Sequence occasion this yr, the Daytona 500, ending twenty second of 40 starters, whereas in 2021 he received each rounds of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Sequence that had been held at Vallelunga in Italy.
“I’ve by no means stopped wanting to do that,” he added. “My aim these days has been to get to NASCAR. After doing Daytona this yr that form of put me within the temper of making an attempt to get a season going.
“However proper now, I’m so busy with TV that form of blocks the rest.”