Villeneuve irked by Durango plan leak

Jacques Villeneuve has said that he was annoyed when his plan to enter F1 next year with Italian GP2 team Durango was leaked to the press.

Villeneuve and his partners have applied for the thirteenth slot on the grid, with rivals thought to be Stefan GP and Epsilon Euskadi.

“I have no idea who or what we are fighting against,” Villeneuve told Germany’s Auto Bild. “Everything was kept quiet and we were happy with it that way. But someone who is not even part of the project decided to talk about it. That’s pretty annoying. I can’t really say anything, because we don’t have all the facts yet.”

In a separate interview, he acknowledged that he had no idea whether his application would be successful.

“We are working very hard without knowing actually what will happen,” Villeneuve told La Presse at Watkins Glen for the NASCAR event. “It is possible that our project is the best, but it is also possible that we will be rejected.

“I have always been well with Jean Todt and I cannot imagine that the FIA’s decision could be influenced by an old rivalry. Anyway, Jean Todt is not going to be alone in this decision, I’m sure.”