This is evidently a strange news day…!

It is claimed that one of the principal investors in the recently-announced Jacques Villeneuve / Durango F1 bid is none other than the son of longstanding Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi.

According to Italiaracing, Gaddafi’s professional football playing 37-year-old son, Al-Saadi al-Gaddafi, is reportedly a backer in the group’s bid to secure the thirteenth and final place on the 2011 F1 grid.

Saadi al-GaddafiThe sideburn-sporting younger Gaddafi (pictured) supposedly has close ties with the state-owned Libyan oil refining company Tamoil, which was a former sponsor of the Juventus football club.

It is also claimed that the mob Russian and Italian businessmen are other potential investors in this F1 foray, which is rumoured to have both Luca Filippi and Davide Valsecci as possible contenders for the second race seat alongside 39-year-old Villeneuve.

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Richard Bailey

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