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Jacques Villeneuve, de Ricciardo: “At least half of his Formula 1 career has been bad”

One of the great soap operas of the summer is being the uncertain future of Daniel Ricciardo. After announcing his next departure from McLaren, th


One of the great soap operas of the summer is being the uncertain future of Daniel Ricciardo. After announcing his next departure from , there is great uncertainty as to whether next year he will continue in or his journey in the premier category of motorsport will provisionally end in 2022. As of today, there are few seats available for the australian One of the most powerful ones is that of Alpine, however, there are those who see this option as nonsense. This is the case of the former world champion in 1997, Jacques Villeneuve, who remembers the bad stage of the Perth driver with Renault. In addition, while he highlights his talent, he does not hesitate to say that half of his career in the competition has been insufficient in terms of performance.

“Why would he be a candidate for Alpine? He spent two horrible years at Renault and two terrible years at McLaren. That’s four years. At least half of his Formula 1 career has been bad. Alpine has no reason to signing him, especially when he’s raced them before. Modern cars just don’t seem to suit his driving style. He was impressive at , made incredible overtaking. He was ahead of Max at the start, but eventually Max started to control him. Then it changed, and after the change something seems to have happened that he never got control of. He never recovered from that,” he told F1 TV.

It wouldn’t do you any good to stop

Regarding the possibility of Ricciardo leaving for a year and then returning, as happened recently with , Villeneuve points out that it is something that only great champions can do, so it would not be the ideal option for the number ‘3’: ” You can take a sabbatical if you are an Alonso, a Schumacher, if you have been world champion and have won many races, if you know in the paddock that you will always be at your best, no matter the reason. After four bad years, you can’t do something like that. If you have an offer to drive in Formula 1, you take any seat. In public you will say: ‘You don’t want to drive for one of the in the back’, but if it is the only contract you have, you will end up signing it”, he points out to finish.