Jacques Villeneuve says he quit formula one because BMW wanted to see if 21-year-old Robert Kubica was quicker than him in races.
”I wasn’t ready to stay home some weekends just to see how the other guy would go and to then be compared to him,” the former world champion told British print weekly ‘Autosport’ in an interview.
Villeneuve, 35, stepped down in July reportedly due to a ‘headache’ caused by a shunt. According to Jacques, he was subsequently not guaranteed his race ride for the balance of 2006.
But JV insists that he was not ‘worried’ about being shown up by Polish rookie Kubica, who is now tipped to land the full time seat at the German team next year.
”It’s just not something that anybody that’s been there and won races would accept basically, that’s all,” Villeneuve added.