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Jacques Villeneuve has confirmed he is still very much in the frame to make his own comeback to F1, and is continually training to keep himself race-fit in the event he can be called up.

The 1997 World Champion came close to making his own comeback on the 2010 grid with the ever-optimistic Andrea Moda Stefan GP outfit, but the Serbian team wasn’t granted an official entry when USF1 collapsed at the eleventh hour.

Stefan GP has since reapplied for the vacant team berth for the 2011 season, and confirmed it had left voicemail messages was “in talks” with a host of twelve drivers from which it would select its driver line-up.

"I’m pushing on anyway," said Villeneuve.

Indicating his readiness to replace a current driver on the 2010 grid – "Last year showed that teams change their drivers during a season,” he argues – the French-Canadian is keeping fit with the aid of a €400,000 machine conceived by his trainer, Erwin Gollner.

"And the return of Schumacher and de la Rosa is a sign that experience is appreciated once again," Villeneuve, 39, added.

Villeneuve – who will also be making an appearance at this year’s Armor All 600 v8 Supercars event on the Gold Coast – rubbished suggestions that Schumacher’s age was one of the problems affecting his pace this season.

"Look at hockey," he said. "Guys in their late 30s are still at world-class level. It’s because we’re all living much healthier and have gained ten years."

So, will we be seeing Jacques next year?

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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.