1997 Formula One world champion, Jacques Villeneuve, has always been outspoken. For this season, the target of his criticism is RoKit Williams driver Robert Kubica.
Villeneuve said, “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.”
Villeneuve’s outrageous comments rubbed off the wrong way on a few former F1 drivers. Former Virgin Racing driver and former Formula E champion, Lucas di Grassi hit back at the Canadian.
“A person can never be defined by his disability, rather he should be defined by his performance,” declared the Brazilian.
“Kubica is an example of recovery with an incredible history,” di Grassi added. “At the end of the year the results will speak for themselves.”
Similarly, Villeneuve’s comments could also rub off the wrong way with regard to Billy Monger. The British teenager is also another driver who is aiming to get into Formula One and become world champion.
Monger is a double amputee after surviving a horror crash and his return back to racing has been nothing short of miraculous. However, if Villeneuve’s comments are to be taken into account, Monger getting into Formula One would also ‘not be good for the sport’ just because he is disabled.
As of now, Monger is with the Channel 4 commentary team for the 2019 season. but sadly, he won’t be racing at the moment. He attempted to get into the FIA Formula 3 grid, but was unable to find a seat.
Meanwhile, Kubica will be focusing on Bahrain as he continues his quest in the 2019 season. Di Grassi is also training his focus on the Formula E season as he aims to become the first double world champion.