Mike Stevens | Jun 15, 2010

It would be fair to say Sebastian Vettel is not on the Christmas card list of two of his countrymen and F1 rivals.

Veteran journalist Roger Benoit, long-time correspondent for the Swiss newspaper Blick, travelled to Montreal on the same Zurich flight as Vettel and Mercedes' Nico Rosberg.

He said the pair were seated not a car's length apart, but neither greeted one another nor exchanged a single word.

Benoit said the reason for the freeze was "clear": a few days earlier, Rosberg had said Vettel was definitely to blame for his crash with Red Bull teammate Mark Webber in Turkey.

Meanwhile, after Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, 22-year-old Vettel triggered the temper of Force India driver Adrian Sutil.

Vettel, he revealed to the media, had approached the 27-year-old and sarcastically asked if his rearview mirrors had fallen off during the Montreal race.

"He should be quiet. He thinks he's a superstar," Sutil is quoted as retorting.

(GMM)

 

Renault Seat Not Likely For Villeneuve Return

Jacques Villeneuve is unlikely to find a seat for his Formula One return with the Renault team.

The boss of the Enstone based outfit, Eric Boullier, says he respects the 1997 World Champion but thinks he will struggle to be accommodated with a top team.

French Canadian Villeneuve, 39, came close to returning to F1 this year with Stefan GP, and has announced he will try again to find a seat in 2011.

He is reportedly close to Renault's team owner Gerard Lopez and shareholder Eric Lux, and the related Gravity Sport Management.

"Jacques is a world champion and a driver of exceptional talent for whom I have great respect," Boullier is quoted by Canada's Rue Frontenac.

"There is no doubt he could help a team looking for a driver with his profile. This was not the case for us," he explained.

Boullier thinks Villeneuve, who has not raced in F1 since losing his BMW seat in 2006, would struggle if he came back.

"The current regulations that limit private testing greatly affect the potential return of a non-active driver.

"A driver who leaves competition loses his normal speed, his reflexes are a bit dulled as are his physical abilities to take the car to its maximum potential.

"That's just natural. Whatever you do in sports, the specific skills needed to race in F1 must be constantly maintained," he added.

(GMM)

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