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Villeneuve slams Vandoorne on "disappointing" start

  • Published on 10 Jun 2017 13:54
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Jacques Villeneuve doesn't think that Stoffel Vandoorne has driven well enough to prove he belongs at the front. In Montreal, Villeneuve was commenting on the so far disappointing 2017 debut at McLaren-Honda of the Belgian rookie driver.

"It's disappointing," said the French Canadian, "because he has not once stood up to Alonso. And unless he beats Alonso, you cannot call him great or even good enough.

Villeneuve continued to tell Het Laatste Nieuws: "When I debuted in 1996, I started beating Damon Hill, an established name. I put the Williams on pole position in my first Grand Prix. You need to set the bar high in Formula 1," he said.

However, another former F1 driver Martin Brundle said it is not fair to write Vandoorne off yet: "The first six races were nothing to write home about," said the British broadcaster. But you have to give him the benefit of the doubt, because at his age you do not suddenly forget how to win, as he did in all those other categories. And to criticise him now is not fair because he doesn't have a good car. I continue to believe in Stoffel, and I'm sure McLaren does too," Brundle added.

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • Sirhenry

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    Villeneuve is an old fart...

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    • Jun 10 2017 - 18:22
  • d@nny

    Posts: 2,391

    Did Jaques say anything about Lance Stroll??

    How can anybody still take Villeneuve serious or even be remotely interested what this deuce bag has to say?!

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    • Jun 10 2017 - 21:36

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