Villeneuve urges Sauber to hire Barrichello

Rubens Barrichello with  Jacques Villeneuve

Rubens Barrichello with Jacques Villeneuve

Former F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve has urged Sauber to think again after the Swiss team ruled out signing veteran Rubens Barrichello for 2014.

Team boss Monisha Kaltenborn in Korea quashed rumours Brazilian that veteran Barrichello could mount his return to Formula 1 next year with Sauber, with the help of an eight-figure sponsorship purse.

1997 world champion Villeneuve, however, said Sauber should not dismiss the former Ferrari and Williams driver so hastily.

“Rubens would be worth considering,” he is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.

“Why would a team boss ignore the experience factor so easily? 2014 will be a complex year,” said the French Canadian.

“Barrichello would always be better than [Esteban] Gutierrez,” Villeneuve insisted. “What has he given to Sauber until now? Nothing. Look at him compared to Hulkenberg.”

Outspoken Villeneuve, now a Formula 1 television pundit, also recently chided the talents of Caterham’s Charles Pic.

On French television, it was put to Villeneuve – a staunch critic of ‘pay-drivers’ – that Frenchman Pic had denied that he is in fact a pay-driver.

Villeneuve hit back: “Then he should explain why he and not Kovalainen is in that car.”

Finn Heikki Kovalainen, in the running to return to the race seat in 2014, will in fact be driving Pic’s car in Friday morning practice at Suzuka. (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    Heikki Kovalainen should still be on the grid and Caterham should be well above Marussia

  • Lotus is funny

    @McLfan :

    It is just a ridiculous rule that that one ‘high place’ is put above overall performance. CTH is always quicker (mostly at the least) and outperform Marussia since spain every race. Just because Marussia lucked out in the beginning of the season (monaco?) the a ranked above.

    They should count the number of times the one outperforms the other, that provides for a much more representative picture.

    the the score would probably be something like 10 – 4 in favor of CTH.

  • MEtoo

    Why does anyone print what JV says? He’s utterly useless and scored the luckiest WDC in the history of the sport.

  • A41202813GMAIL

    A – He Won The AOWR On The Second Attempt With 4 Wins,

    B – He Won The 500 On The Second Attempt,

    C – He Won 4 Times In His Debut Year In F1,

    D – He Won The WDC On The Second Attempt With 7 Wins.

    Someone ELSE Is Unlucky And Useless, Alright.

  • MightyK

    I couldn’t agree more!
    When I saw headline for the story I thought, Oh no, not this guy again. Jv and Rubens somehow make a good pair.