Jacques Villeneuve takes shot at Williams F1, compares budget cap to socialism



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November 06, 2019 01:23 PM

Jacques Villeneuve takes shot at Williams F1, compares budget cap to socialism

Clearly, the 1997 Formula 1 champion has issues with 2021 rules proposals

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The end of the 2019 Formula 1 season can’t come fast enough for George Russell and Williams F1.

Jacques Villeneuve says a team like Williams “does not deserve” a budget cap.
The 1997 Formula 1 champion and current F1 pundit is the last driver to have won the World Championship for the British team, but he is now highly critical of efforts to make surviving easier for the current backmarker. Williams has scored just one point this season and is headed for its second consecutive season finishing with fewer than 10 points.
Buy comparison, Mercedes leads the constructors’ points standings with 695 points.
“What’s the idea with helping the small teams who don’t deserve it?” Villeneuve told Le Journal de Montreal. “Does an organization like Williams have the right to be as fast as Mercedes or Ferrari? The answer is obviously no. Frankly, the way they have been working for a few years now, they’re not even in the same category.”
Formula 1 will introduce a budget cap in 2021, and the next Concorde Agreement will distribute the sport’s income more evenly up and down pit lane.

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“To me, it’s pure socialism,” Villeneuve said. “F1 deserves better than that. Only the top three teams will spend the $175 million. Williams put about $16 million in its pocket last year while finishing last. So the management and the shareholders are happy.
“Even if the cap was $50 million, Williams would spend 20 and stay at the bottom. So it’s a joke. Nobody wins.”
Villeneuve also questions the 2021 technical regulations, with cars that are three to four seconds slower per lap designed to be easier to race wheel to wheel.
“We don’t care if they are slower,” Villeneuve said. “All they need to do is design cars that are hard to drive. But now they’ll be 25 kg heavier. The heavier they are, the more stable they are. It will not help.
“We will have a show when cars are lighter and more nervous. That will not be the case. Speed has nothing to do with the quality of the races.”

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