Villeneuve leaves BMW-Sauber

Mon, 7 August 2006, 03:01

Jacques Villeneuve and BMW-Sauber have ‘parted company’, the German team announced in a statement on Monday morning.

The French Canadian, whose former boss Mario Theissen said he was left out of the Hungarian grand prix lineup with a headache, parted by ‘mutual consent’, the statement explained.

Villeneuve, 35, will not race again in 2006.

”After Jacques’ accident in the Hockenheim race the team decided to review its options for next year, including assessing Robert Kubica in a race environment,” Theissen said.

The German chief added that it would be ‘difficult for Jacques’ to maintain his commitment, with speculation that Kubica is far more likely to fill the race seat in 2007.

On his official website, Villeneuve explained that he agreed to vacate the car because BMW would not guarantee his return after crashing in Germany.

He said: ”This is really disappointing as I was looking forward to working with BMW on longer terms.

”I will now have more time to concentrate on future projects.”

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