Jacques Villeneuve is heavily critical of Robert Kubica’s return to the Formula 1 grid, saying it sends out “not the right message”.
Kubica made his first race appearance since 2010 at the season opener in Australia, marking an incredible comeback after a rally accident in 2011 left him with a partially severed right arm.
Villeneuve began by praising Kubica’s return as a “great achievement” but the praise would only go so far…
“It is of course a great achievement that Kubica has returned after so many years, really unbelievable,” the Canadian told Dutch website Formule1.nl.
“If you have done something that you love and that you have taken away, you know what you are missing.
“Then you will work even harder to get it back. I am also sure that he will do everything to stay at the top.
“If I were in his shoes, I would do the same. You should not let such a chance pass.”
Then, in true Villeneuve style, he categorically stated why Kubica’s return is harmful to Formula 1.
“I think it’s terrible. This is not good for the sport,” Villeneuve added.
“I already said that last year and I am not going to change my opinion. Formula 1 should be the pinnacle of racing, it’s the king class.
“Then it is not good for the sport if anyone with a disability can participate. At least not in Formula 1, perhaps in other classes.
“Formula 1 must be tough, must be difficult and almost unreachable. Robert’s return is not the right message.”