‘Max will be sole personality left standing’

Date published: June 7 2019 - Michelle Foster


Jacques Villeneuve fears Max Verstappen will be the sole personality remaining in F1 when the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen call it quits.

Villeneuve is not fond of today’s Formula 1, that’s abundantly clear.

The 1997 World Champion turned commentator turned rent-a-quote is not a fan of the racing, nor does he appreciate the newcomers coming entering F1.

So much so that he fears today’s “banal” 18-year-olds are ruining the sport.

Speaking to Diario Sport, he was asked whether Formula 1 is missing Fernando Alonso, who retired at the end of last year.

Villeneuve said yes, and explained why.

“Fernando is a character, a gladiator of circuits, a driver with great personality and charisma,” he said.

“I wonder, apart from Verstappen, what will remain when the day comes that Alonso, Hamilton and Raikkonen all leave, since there are many drivers that people do not even know when they get out of the car.

“The drivers had more personality than the current ones, since with the arrival of 18-year-old drivers it has become banal.”

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