Thursday June 7th, 2001
1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve is back to his best despite a tough start of his 2001 season, according to his British American Racing boss Craig Pollock.
Villeneuve, who recently turned 30, suffered a big accident at the season opening Australian Grand Prix, and was regularly outshadowed by his new teammate Olivier Panis until the Canadian scored the team's first ever podium in Spain.
After a strong fourth place at Monaco, Pollock believes his close friend has raised his game and he will improve even more as the season progresses aided by a pushing Panis.
"I think Jacques has had the worst start to the season that I've seen him have up to now, but he seems to have clicked back in," said Pollock. "His focus is back again and I think he will be very competitive.
"Olivier has revved him up a bit, but he knows he needs to do the business, and in the car he's very capable of doing it."
Villeneuve is currently tied in sixth place in the Championship with seven points, while Panis is tenth having scored five.