Jacques Villeneuve gets Formula E drive for 2016

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It has been announced this weekend that former F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve will return to full-time racing, contesting the 2015/16 Formula E season with Venturi.

Last week the 44-year-old, who not raced full-time since he parting ways with BMW during the 2006 F1 season, tested the team’s Formula E car.

In the wake of that outing, the Canadian agreed terms with Venturi GP and will partner Stephane Sarrazin in the 2015/16 season. In a statement to the media this weekend, Villeneuve confirmed the news as follows:-

‘This is the first time in several years that I will participate in a full championship.  I am excited because the atmosphere while working alongside the Venturi team is great and that has a very big influence. Also I know Stephane Sarrazin well, we trust each other.

‘It had been ten years since I had driven on that kind of track with a single-seater, but it’s like riding a bike, you never forget. It was real happiness.

‘There was a very good ambiance with the Venturi team and one of the engineers with Venturi happens to be a guy I worked with early in my career.’

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