1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve has reunited with personal trainer as the French-Canadian hopes to secure a place on the Formula One grid and a return to the sport next year.

Having last raced in F1 for BMW before being sacked and replaced by Robert Kubica after the 2006 German Grand Prix, Villeneuve’s career in the sport looked to be over as he concentrated on other commitments such as producing his own music. (I bought the album, and it’s so-so!)

With the fire still burning for Jacques, however, he has been training hard just outside of Salzburg.

"I found Erwin [Göllner] because I must be ready to drive as soon as possible," Villeneuve explained to French publication Rue Frontenac, now working again with the man who helped his fitness regime whilst driving for BMW. "He is providing the same routine as I had when I was in F1 before."

"It is a bit surprising but I am actually in better shape now than before driving for Renault [he replaced Jarno Trulli in the final three races of the 2004 season]," Jacques continued, "perhaps thanks to motocross or just because I began my training – but in any case, it’s encouraging."

Villeneuve stresses that no deal has yet been confirmed with a team. "There is nothing settled but I like the direction things are taking," he concluded. "Do you really think I’d come here to train if I didn’t think I was in good shape?"

Good shape or not, Jacques, someone still needs to be interested first!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.