• 2011 season

Dennis backs Villeneuve's F1 bid

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jacques Villeneuve is bidding to return to F1 © Sutton Images

McLaren group chairman and former team principal Ron Dennis has thrown his support behind Jacques Villeneuve's bid to return to Formula One.

Villeneuve, the F1 champion in 1997, is bidding to return to the sport with his own team. He is putting together a proposal with former Italian GP2 outfit Durango to claim the 13th spot on the grid for next term.

There is no guarantee of success, with Stefan GP and Epsilon also thought to be in the running, but Dennis feels it would be good for the sport to bring Villeneuve back into the fold.

"Everyone in the world of Formula One hopes it will work," Dennis told French Canadian publication Rue Frontenac. "It is always good to keep former Formula One champions in the sport. But it won't be easy for him to enter the sport with a team. It will be all down to his financial package."