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Jacques Villeneuve signs with Sauber

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  1. imperial83

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    Sauber Petronas has signed Jacques Villeneuve as a new driver from the 2005 season onwards. The 33-year-old Canadian entered into a two- year contract, which will come into effect on November 1, 2004. Jacques Villeneuve will be the team-mate of Felipe Massa who will continue to drive for Sauber Petronas next year.

    Expressing his enthusiasm about signing Jacques Villeneuve, Team Principal Peter Sauber expressed himself delighted.

    "I have to admit that signing a former World Champion is something truly special for me," said Sauber. "However, I want to make it clear that this was not the decisive factor. When I was talking to Jacques, I could feel that he is absolutely keen and committed to return to Formula One. He was always a great fighter and I am convinced that together we can achieve a lot. I fully realise that signing a former World Champion is also an obligation for the team to provide him with a car that meets his expectations. Sauber Petronas has made considerable progress this year, and I am confident that we are ready to tackle this challenge."

    Jacques Villeneuve, testing today with Renault at Silverstone, is also optimistic.

    "I am extremely excited to be back in Formula One with the Sauber Petronas Team, and I appreciate the confidence everybody is showing in me," Villeneuve said. "It is my goal to work with Peter and his team to bring them forward in the championship during the next two seasons. In my recent visit to Sauber, I have been extremely impressed by the professionalism which is apparent throughout the factory. I am looking forward to seeing the results that will be developed by the state-of-the-art wind tunnel."

    Jacques Villeneuve entered Formula One in 1996 and won a total of eleven races. He was World Champion in 1997.

    The news means that F3000 Champion Tonio Liuzzi will not race with the team in 2005, but has been linked to a test role with the squad.

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  2. GrigioGuy

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    As long as Ferrari is supplying the Sauber powerplant, Villeneuve will never be a factor in the championships
     
  3. Prova85

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    So what powerplant will enable Sauber to be a factor ????

    I was hoping to see him in a Renault considering their pace this year.
     
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    Renault, Mercedes (if reliable), BMW. There's nothing wrong with the power in the other brands.

    Basically, I don't see Ferrari supplying a customer with a powerplant that will truly enable them to compete with Ferrari. The customer spec motor/transmission will always be just a bit off the factory team setup. It's just the way Ferrari works, all the way back to the Breadvan days.
     
  5. tifosi12

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    Don't count Sauber out for next season. No, they won't contend for the WC, but I expect them to be doing a lot better. It will be their first season with the new wind tunnel. This is going to be their first car entirely developed with the aid of a wind tunnel on a 24/7 basis. Also next year they will develop their own gear again.
     
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    I think we're in violent agreement :)
     
  7. trevi

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    that's gonna be interesting :)
     
  8. Prova85

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    I think Sauber not contending is due more to not having the budget, staff, drivers, ties to Bridgestone etc that Ferrari has and not so much the powerplants they run.

    I am a bit confused as some sites are reporting that JV is testing with Renault this week. Why would Renault run JV if he has signed with Sauber ?
     
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    Other than being last years spec do you think Ferrari detunes the engines they sell to other teams?

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    because briatore immediately fired trulli, and jv has to drive the last races of this season.
     
  11. CTEV2

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    Any reports on JV's Sauber salary?
     
  12. Prova85

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    FYI Sauber has been running this year's spec due to the 1 engine per race weekend rule this year. They are using Ferrari gearboxes this year and will switch back to using their own for next. As far as detuning it comes down to the electronics and software supporting the engine. Whether they are using Ferrari's or their own I'm not sure.
     
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    YESSSSSSS!!!!

    The last 48 hours has been spectacular!!!
    JV testing for Renault and replacing Jarno and now JV will be in F1 for the next 2 years with Sauber!
     
  14. bernardo66

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    Contain yourself young man!!!

    If anything, it's going to give Christian Tortora the opportunity (once more) to be JV's lackey in the press, that, and once it's going to smell of JV's farts at RDS for the next 2 years.

    BTW, for those of you not familiar, RDS is the Quebec sports channel and C. Tortora is a ummmm....I guess he's a jounalist.
     
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    Taking into consideration the effect Villeneuve's departure galvanized BAR/Honda into an almost immediate contender, so too we should expect the
    same effect now to take place at Sauber.

    Any resources Sauber had set aside for chassis development, etc. will now
    be sucked into paying the most over inflated driver salary in modern F-1 history in the form of Villeneuve who most certainly must be considered the most over rated driver in F-1 period.

    This is a very risky move given Sauber's precarious sponsorship packages.

    BHW
     
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    I agree.

    If Sauber were smart, JV's salary should have only come from his own sponsors, and Sauber shouldn't have to dish out one red cent for this chap.
     
  17. imperial83

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    I cannot name my sources, and you can take this info for what its worth or ignore it completely.

    1) 2 year contract
    2) Completely based on performance
    3) Race win bonus
    4) Championship win bonus

    Villeneuve will be completely dependent on how he performs, he will not recieve any base salary whatsoever. As I said before, you can ignore this information or take it at face value.
     
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    I contribute to number 4 if it happens
     
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    £2 million salary and around £28,000 per point
     
  20. Gilles27

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    Sooooooo, he'll make 2 million then ;)
     
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    I cannot wait for 2005 so i can see Massa spanking JV and KR spanking JPM on the track and listening to the two of them whining and crying ;)
     
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    Er, I've never even thought Massa could spank anyone ... he looks completely out of control everytime he is in a car to me. Should be in F3 not F1 IMO.

    Pete
     
  24. F1racer

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    JV will be replacing Trulli for the last 3 races. Renault still hasn't announce that JV will race but its 99.9% sure he will. If not why would they let him drive the car, just for fun? Plus Trulli will be will be testing for Toyota tomorrow and he will announce his new contract with the team.
    Trulli and Renault= finish

    Why is JV going to Sauber...
    First of all he's going to Sauber next season (not this season) and thats the best F1 seat he could get. Sauber are a great team with great people working there. If I was an F1 driver ,I would drive for Sauber at least once in my career.;) Peter Sauber is a very smart man.
    Now why can't JV
    stay with Renault next year? Because they have Alonso and Fisichella already.
     
  25. PSk

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    I honestly would rather have JV than Fisi ... atleast JV is fast!

    But thanks for explaining it all.
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