From today's Telegraph
JACQUES Villeneuve was given a severe warning by the sport's ruling body, the
Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), yesterday and told he could
face a race ban in the future if he criticises next year's Formula One rules
The world championship leader was called in front of the FIA to discuss recent
remarks referring to next year's regulations, which include narrower cars and
the switch to grooved tyres, as "a joke".
After leaving the hearing in Paris yesterday to catch a flight to Canada for
his home grand prix in Montreal this weekend, Villeneuve admitted that he had
been reprimanded over his comments.
"It's just a warning, which means I might get a suspension next time, if there
is a next time," he said. "It was a discussion to make things clear and
everything went well. The problem is not what I've said, but the way I said it.
I should have used other words."
After testing a car conforming to the new regulations earlier this season,
Villeneuve described them as ridiculous.
"I think it's going to take a lot away from the driver," he complained.
"Instead of still being the ultimate sport that it is, it's going to become
more of a show and a circus," said the Canadian.
Whether Villeneuve can recover from jet lag and extend his lead in the Formula
One standings with a victory at home remains to be seen. Official qualifying is
set for Saturday, with the 69-lap, 190-mile race on Sunday.
Thought you'd like to read a journo's view of the goings-on in Paris.
Wonder if JV feels annoyed about what happened or understanding of the FIA's
viewpoint. Reading what he said afterwards, it looks as if he had his
diplomatic hat on at last! I don't think he is going to suffer from jetlag on
Sunday, but he may find it difficult to settle and therefore probably won't be
feeling 100% after all the disruptions.
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