Jacques Villeneuve will make a full-time switch to the F1 commentary box

Former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve is making a return to the F1 paddock, but not behind the wheel…

The 41-year-old has signed up as a Grand Prix commentator for Sky Italia’s live race broadcasts, and he will partner Ferrari test driver Marc Gené, who moves across from a similar role with the Spanish-language Antena 3 station.

The French-Canadian is fluent in Italian, having spent his formative years in the country’s Formula 3 racing scene en route to cracking the IndyCar and Formula 1 scene.

“Watching the races on TV, sometimes I would get angry about what others are saying. Now maybe someone will get angry at me!” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Since departing the Formula 1 scene in mid-2007, the former Williams, BAR and Sauber driver has dabbled in several other racing championships, last year enjoying a handful of outings in the V8 Supercars Championship as a substitute for Greg Murphy.

He also made a one-off appearance in the Sky F1 commentary box during the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix.

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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.