Interview with JV

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by MooSquad, Sep 20, 2004.

  1. Found a new F1-website, manipef1.com, it looks kinda amateuristic, but the news they have is quite in common with the bigger f1 websites, and as I found this interview I could think of only one thing: post it!

    Q uestion: You spent two days testing the Renault this week. How did it go?
    Jacques Villeneuve: It went extremely well and we had a very positive test. For the first day and a half, we worked on getting me comfortable in the car, altering the seat, the driving position, all the details you need to get perfect before you can start to be quick. Everything has happened very quickly - the seat was only made on Tuesday evening - so it was important to concentrate on that first of all. I also needed some time to play myself back in and get used to driving again, as well as adjusting my style to using a semi-automatic gearchange again. By lunchtime on Thursday, we started working on the set-up a little bit to adapt the car to my style, and it responded very well.

    Q: What was the welcome like in the team?
    JV: The welcome has been fantastic - everybody has been very positive in their approach. Over the years that we worked together I built up a genuine respect for Renault, and I am very grateful to the team that they have recruited me at this time. I have good memories from working with Renault and there were some familiar faces in the garage when I arrived on Wednesday. The team has worked hard to adapt the steering wheel and other small details to my habits, because that is the easiest way for these three races, and they had even used my old throttle traces to adjust the engine mapping for my first runs. Little details like that make a difference. Obviously, we are still getting to know each other, but the approach has been very open and constructive.

    Q: How did you find the R24 to drive?
    JV: Well, I used Fernando's set-up for much of the test but when we made some changes, I could already tell it was a very good car. It is not an easy car to drive but it is definitely quick. Once you have understood its characteristics then you can begin to really push and find the limit, which we started to on Thursday afternoon. The engine is very good and very smooth in its power delivery. We still have work to do, but my first impressions are positive.

    Q: China will be a new race for everybody: do you think that will play to your advantage?
    JV: I am not sure whether it will be an advantage or not. There are two ways of looking at it: firstly, you can say that nobody else has been there before either so I won't be at a disadvantage, but on the other hand, in that situation, you could say that you need as much experience as possible the car and the tyres in order to concentrate on learning the track. You can choose to be optimistic or negative. I'm looking at it in a positive frame of mind.

    Q: Finally, what are your objectives for these three races?
    JV: The team and I share a common goal: to beat BAR to second place in the championship. I am here to enjoy myself as well, but the priority is to contribute to Renault's fight in the championship. It will be tough, but sometimes you have to take the plunge. Once you have done so, there is no other option but to make it work.
     
  2. Who the hell is JV?
     
  3. Omg.. you're not serious, are you?
    Starts with a "J" and ends with "acques Villeneuve"
     
  4. Never heard of him. Sounds like a slow French Canadian that spent most of his time this season chasing moose in the Great White North.

    JV vs. Moose...
     
  5. Hahahahaha I should hate you for that <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/emoticons.html"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="http://speed.supercars.net/pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
     
  6. You know you love it.

    So you like Story of the Year, too? I love that CD. Not very inventive, but great hooks. Sticks in my head.
     
  7. Yeah! They're totally awesome, heard it for the first time in NFSU, so I dl'ed their cd and it's great, I'll be buying the original soon (because I want my money only to go to artists cq recordlabels that I like).
     
  8. Why you!!!!!!!<A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/emoticons.html"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="http://speed.supercars.net/pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
     
  9. You must be pretty happy, huh? I'm glad your boy got a ride.
     
  10. Ok, who was making fun of me?
     
  11. Holy God no..
     
  12. Hi, Jacques. Could you post the pic of your helmet for me? I was looking for one...
     
  13. Nice site by the way, I seem to have fans here.
     
  14. YES ME!!! (and V8Stangman too of course)
     
  15. Hahahahaha you make me choke on my drink! <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/emoticons.html"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="http://speed.supercars.net/pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
     
  16. That is my purpose in life<A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/emoticons.html"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="http://speed.supercars.net/pitlane/emoticons/tongue.gif"></A>
     
  17. My younger brother cracked up of laughter when I called him up, telling him I got coke up in my nose.
     
  18. Coke up your nose and not your butt?

    You stealing from me again?!?!?

    Perhaps I will have Cesar and Ramon staple your tounge to your forhead!
     
  19. No jokes about this, don't want this thread to be ruined by FR teaching us that drugs are bad and stuff. But anyway, Nero is my bodyguard and he kept me out of more difficult cases than you <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/emoticons.html"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="http://speed.supercars.net/pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
     
  20. I think he is from like Canada or something. No threat to you, big guy<A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/emoticons.html"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="http://speed.supercars.net/pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
     
  21. The one and only. Jacques for friends and JV for fans.
     
  22. How many championships have you won?...
     

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