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Jacques Villeneuve to make final bid to return to Formula One

ESPNF1 Staff
June 11, 2010 « Webber targets champagne moment in Montreal | »
Jacques Villeneuve will make one last push to return to Formula One © Sutton Images

Jacques Villeneuve says he will make one final effort to return to Formula One for the 2011 season before calling it quits.

The 1997 world champion was reportedly close to landing a drive with the Stefan GP team for the 2010 season before the Serbian outfit was not granted an official entry to race.

Villeneuve, who last raced in F1 with BMW in 2006, told reporters in Montreal on Thursday that 2011 will be his last-ditch effort to come back.

"I'm quite happy right now being busy raising kids," said Villeneuve. "I would obviously be happier behind a wheel. Once you've been a racer, I think you're a racer all your life. I worked hard on (trying to return to F1 for) 2010. I'm giving myself until 2011. There's still a few months."

Villeneuve was attending a road safety event with former nemesis Michael Schumacher, who gave his backing for his former rival's return.

"I don't know what is funny about that," said Schumacher. "The point is, as Jacques was saying, we are racers, and we have that in our blood. So, what you have there, you always keep."

Despite his enthusiasm to return to the sport, Villeneuve admitted it would be a difficult task trying to convince F1 bosses to give him another chance.

"The teams don't want to take a risk. There comes a point where you've been out for too long and the teams just won't give you a chance."