• 2010 season

Villeneuve 'working hard' for F1 return

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jacques Villeneuve: 'A lot of people got carried away with the Lotus thing' © Sutton Images
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Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve said he is "working hard" to secure a return to Formula One in 2010.

Villeneuve has been out of F1 for three-and-a-half years since he lost his place at Sauber to Robert Kubica. He was briefly linked with the new Lotus team but was keen to play that down.

"A lot of people got carried away with the Lotus thing," the 38-year-old Villeneuve said. "I wanted to pay a visit to my good buddy Gino [Rosato] who's now working for Lotus, but that's the production car company. It has nothing to do with the new Formula One team whatsoever."

Asked by Auto123.com about his plans, he said: "There's not much to say at the moment. I'm still working extremely hard to get back in F1 this season - so hard you would not believe it. But for the moment, there's nothing to announce."