Most people familiar with F1 will agree that Jacques Villeneuve is an attention seeker and makes the most bizarre claims just to hog the limelight.
Recently, Villeneuve claimed that Robert Kubica might have impacted the development of the Williams’ 2018 car so that only he can drive it.
Dismissing the idea that the Polish driver would do such a thing, Williams’s race driver Sergey Sirotkin says Kubica would never do such a thing.
Kubica is working as the development and reserve driver for the Grove-based team. He took out the car during several rounds of winter testing and during the grand prix weekend’s free practice sessions.
Villeneuve recently suggested Kubica could me intentionally hampering the car so that it becomes hard to drive for Sirotkin and Lance Stroll.
“Robert is the driver who will most develop the car, and it’s possible he will consciously make it difficult to drive for the other drivers,” he told Sky Italia.
“His dream is to race the car, not to be the third driver, and so I do not underestimate this point. In his situation, I would do exactly the same,”
Sirotkin says it is technically possible for Kubica to do such a thing but there is enough monitoring that happens in the development to stop such activities. Plus Kubica is not the kind of guy to do such a thing.
“Technically, it’s possible,” he told Sport FM. “But I know Robert and he’s a good guy, so just as a person, he would not do it.
“Plus, in your work, you are trying to improve the car, not just improve it for yourself. So even if he wanted to, I think physically it would not be so easy.
“The team will think ten times about why the car needs this or that change to give an improvement in performance,” Sirotkin added.
Villeneuve’s other favourite thing to do is deride Stroll as a money kid. So far Stroll has proven to be an excellent driver in the car that he drives and Williams has barred Villeneuve from their garage.
So maybe it is time for all the media to ignore this old timer and move on.