Ex-F1 driver Villeneuve wants ‘proper shot’ at Formula E return
|By Scott Mitchell||Tuesday, July 19th 2016, 15:24 GMT|
Ex-Formula 1 driver Jacques Villleneuve has revealed he wants to return to Formula E for a "proper shot" after a short-lived spell in series last season.
The 1997 F1 world champion split with the Venturi team just three races into the electric single-seater series' 2015/16 campaign.
He was taken out of the opening race in Beijing, suffered a pitstop problem in Putrajaya and withdrew from the Punta del Este ePrix after a qualifying crash.
A further crash on Sunday's post-race test in Punta contributed to the premature end of Villeneuve's point-free FE campaign, which was confirmed in January when Mike Conway replaced him.
In an interview with FE's official website, Villeneuve admitted: "I would love to come back.
"The racing was fun, the tracks were great in parts - in Malaysia the track was awesome - the championship is professional and there's a great bunch of drivers.
"It was a worthwhile experience and it would be great to have a proper shot at it."
The 45-year-old was contesting his first single-seater campaign since departing from the BMW Sauber F1 team in 2006.
Villeneuve admitted his inexperience may have contributed to the qualifying crash in Punta but claimed it was also down to a mix-up over the set-up.
"It was somehow forgotten that the brake bias was with re-gen and not without re-gen," he added.
"We only thought about it after qualifying, and that was just annoying because definitely someone in the team should have thought about it, because they had a year's experience.
"But ultimately it wasn't even that big a crash. It was 70km/h and it did the tub - it was the smallest crash I've had."