Jacques Villeneuve on Monday admitted he has given up on Formula One. Last year, the 1997 world champion was pushing hard to make a comeback, but at Williams’ headquarters in Oxfordshire he admitted he no longer even watches the races.
“I just can’t be bothered. Halfway through the race I’m yawning and it’s really tough … and I just get upset,” the 40-year-old told Reuters at the launch of his former team’s new engine supply deal with Renault.
Villeneuve explained that his major qualm is with the DRS overtaking system, which he has previously denounced as “too artificial”.
“When I see these guys not even being able to defend, like Michael (Schumacher) — he should have been on the podium in Montreal,” he said.
“All the … overtaking with the DRS, I’m just falling asleep … useless, boring, it’s not even racing.”
He is also critical of the amount of penalties handed out to drivers like Lewis Hamilton for banging wheels with his rivals.
“It’s fun, it’s a good show, the fans are up in the grandstands and they can scream and shout about it … that’s good, that’s what you want,” said Villeneuve.