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Villeneuve hits out at Verstappen signing

Saturday 23rd August 2014

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Villeneuve hits out at Verstappen signing

Villeneuve hits out at Verstappen signing

Jacques Villeneuve is not happy that Max Verstappen will be racing in F1 next season, saying it is the "worst thing ever" for the sport.

Ahead of his Toro Rosso debut, Verstappen, who is still just 16, will need to obtain a Super Licence by racking up the necessary kilometres.

However, former World Champion Villeneuve feels that is meaningless and that drivers should have to earn the right through experience to race in F1.

"Getting a Super License should be meaningful, not just doing three hundred kilometres and it being fine," he told Autosport.

"There is something that is flawed there.

"Basically, it's like getting all the presents without deserving anything. But there is this thing of 'the younger, the better'. What's the next step? A team who will sign someone at 15 just to get the image out of it?

"It is the wrong way round. Caesar and Napoleon were good from the beginning but it takes time before you become an emperor. You build it. It does not mean that you are more talented, it doesn't mean that you are faster but you build, it's something you learn and you become a man also.

"He is still a boy so it is very risky. You don't take a 16-year-old, who hasn't even been to university, in the best hospital as a doctor even if he is very good and very intelligent.

"You need to pay dues; you need to deserve it because that is only how you will become a man."

The 43-year-old even went as far as to say that Verstappen's arrival on the grid would be the "worst thing" for F1.

He added: "It is the worst thing ever for Formula 1 because it will have two effects. It will either destroy him [Verstappen] or, even if he is successful right away, then F1 will be meaningless.

"What will F1 be? It will be nothing. It doesn't do any good for anyone.

"It does a good splash of publicity now for Red Bull but putting a Red Bull helmet on his head for four years probably would have been better."

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