Villeneuve still dreams of Le Mans

The 1997 Formula 1 World Champion discovered the Vanwall LMH and would consider returning to endurance service…

It’s the eternal return: at 51, Jacques Villeneuve is still passionate about driving and he still has ants in his legs.

After racing the Daytona 500 in NASCAR earlier this year and making a name for himself in a private test driving the Alpine A521 at Monza in September, the Canadian returned to the track last week at Barcelona.

Villeneuve was one of four drivers who tested the Vanwall LMH hypercar fielded by the ByKolles team at the Circuit de Catalunya along with regulars Tom Dillmann and Esteban Guerrieri as well as Brazilian Joao Paulo Oliveira.

Colin Kolles, who manages the revival project for the prestigious Vanwall brand (F1 world champion in 1958), is aiming for a commitment to the WEC and the centenary 24 Hours of Le Mans in a few months.

“We have known each other for a long time. date, so there is some degree of confidence that may have made this test possible, says the Romanian manager. Jacques’ intention is very clear: the bar is set high because he wants to win Le Mans. »

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Already victorious at Indy 500 and in F1 (but not in Monaco), Villeneuve could claim a version of the « triple crown », this unofficial reward for drivers having won on all three fronts, only Graham Hill having succeeded so far. here.

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