Fired like a messy WEC, Jacques Villeneuve will not participate in the next 24 Hours of Le Mans: the Canadian reacted with “disgust” to his ousting.
Jacques Villeneuve learned on the sidelines of the Monaco Grand Prix, contested last weekend, that he would not be competing in the next edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, that of the centenary of the event which will be held in less than two weeks in the Sarthe.
The 1997 Formula 1 world champion was recruited by ByKolles, the structure set up by Colin Kolles, at the start of the year, but the big mistakes made by the Canadian driver during the first rounds of the WEC finally put an end to his collaboration with the Austrian team.
“I am deeply disappointed to have learned of my replacement for the next 24 Hours of Le Mans by a public announcement dated May 25, 2023reacts Villeneuve. To date, I have not received any official communication from the team, which is all the more surprising since I am still under contract to participate in the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans.
« The timing of this release strangely coincided with my imminent arrival at the hospital for the birth of our baby girl, which was scheduled for May 26, he wonders. ByKolles was obviously aware of this personal family event, making me unable to respond to this sudden announcement. »
“My preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans was meticulous and well organizedinsists the Canal + consultant on the Grands Prix. A considerable amount of time and effort has gone into achieving optimal physical and mental preparation for this extraordinary challenge that I was looking forward to. »
“After victories in the Indy 500, IndyCar and F1, the 24 Hours of Le Mans has a special meaning for me. Therefore, I am deeply disgusted that the opportunity to participate was so unjustly and arbitrarily denied to me. » concludes Villeneuve.
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