Villeneuve runs out of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

It was clearly a utopia given the superiority of Toyota in it World Endurance Championship (WEC) but the dream of Triple Crownin his variety of F1 World Champion (1997), winner of the 500 Miles (1995) and absolute winner in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, ends in 2023 for Jacques Villeneuve. Floyd Vanwall Racing Team has confirmed its line-up for the centenary event of the resistance and Villeneuve’s place will be occupied by Tristan Vautier. Another bitterness for the Canadian on the Circuit de la Sarthe who resists him to complete his trophy collection.

vanwall He has justified the decision with a mixture of sporting and personal criteria: “The situation is that we do not feel that he is ready to go to Le Mans. His wife is pregnant and they are expecting the baby now, at the beginning of June. Le Mans is a great race. We can’t take the risk. For personal reasons and the fact that the mileage is also missing, we decided to have a new driver who will be Tristan Vautier. We need a solid result,” he said. Collin Kollesteam boss.

In any case, Villeneuve’s year in the WEC of the hypercar It has not started in the best possible way. In Sebring The Canadian ended up with problems in the car and also maintained that he was not comfortable during the test. Things did not improve Portimão, given that a problem with the brakes forced the withdrawal and in Spa collided with a GT on the delicate asphalt of the circuit of the Ardennes. The decision is not final, because Villeneuve is scheduled to return to Vanwall Vandervell 680 on July 9 for 6 hours from Monza.

Gilles’ son competed in the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2008 looking for a victory that would give him the treble, however he finished second aboard the Peugeot 908 HDI FAP of which he formed a crew with Nicolas Minassian and Marc Gene. The victory went to Audi, with its R10 TDI driven by Allan McNish, Rinaldo Capello and the legendary Tom Kristensendominator of the French event with no less than nine wins.

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