Former GP2 team Durango has officially confirmed its involvement with former F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve to enter Formula 1 in 2011.
The Italian outfit – founded in 1980 and with experience spanning a number of motorsport disciplines – confirmed it had lodged an application for the thirteenth vacant team slot on the 2011 F1 grid.
And it now seems that the enterprise founded by the 1997 World Champion would collaborate with the Durango outfit.
Describing the opportunity to work with Villeneuve as “an honour and a privilege”, Durango owner Ivone Pinton confirmed the tie-in with Italian website 422race.com.
Pinton confirmed that the former champion – a winner of eleven Grands Prix – would drive the car and contribute in other facets, adding: “I think he’s preparing himself the job to do after he quits driving.”
Durango has had a lengthy association with Villeneuve all the way through his rise to Formula 1, having run the French-Canadian in Italian F3 when he was just sixteen years old. The squad also ran Villeneuve in the 2009 Speedcar Series.
It has also been rumoured that the team will seek to run the unraced 2010-spec Toyota TF110 car.