1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve is expected to move permanently from Switzerland, according to reports in the Canadian press today.
The 35-year-old has lived mainly in Villars-sur-Ollon during his formula one career, but after he was dumped by BMW-Sauber last year he has spent much of his time with his new wife and baby son Jules in Canada.
The Montreal Gazette reports that Villeneuve plans to move permanently to the French-speaking city, where a three-storey mansion he recently bought for $3m is being renovated.
Other sources indicate that his mother Joan, who in 1982 buried her famous husband and Jacques’ father Gilles, was the agent responsible for the sale of her son’s new home.
Villeneuve said in a statement provided by his publicist Yan Lefort: “Family has always been important to me and I wanted to build my own family, so making sure that my wife and baby are well has become the priority.”