"The budget limit of € 157 M is pure socialism"

"Does an organization like Williams have the right to be as fast as Mercedes or Ferrari? The answer is obviously 'no'," says always controversial Jacques Villeneuve.


They have already become habitual. One more custom within the immense universe that encompasses the Formula 1 World Cup. Yes. We are talking about Jacques Villeneuve's criticism of the 'Great Circus'. And the new technical, sports and financial regulations that will enter into force in the championship within two seasons would not be the exception that modified this rule.

The budget ceiling of 175 million dollars (157 million euros) approved by Liberty Media and the FIA to try to reduce the huge economic differences that currently exist between the teams has been the first focus of Villenueve's reproach in 'Le Journal'.

The 1997 world champion calls this measure of pure socialism since, in his opinion, Williams does not have the right to be as fast as Mercedes or Ferrari because they have not deserved to run against Germans and Italians for their years of work: " What's the point of helping small teams that don't deserve it? Does an organization like Williams have the right to be as fast as Mercedes or Ferrari? The answer is obviously 'no.' Frankly, the way they work for years means that they are not in the same category. For me it is pure socialism, Formula 1 deserves better. Only the first three teams will spend 160 million euros. Williams will earn 14 million euros for finishing last last year and directors and shareholders they will be happy. Even if the budget ceiling were $ 45 million, Williams would only spend half and continue at the end, so it's a joke; nobody wins. "

Similarly, Jacques Villeneuve continues his disapproval of the new rules stating that the show will return to racing when lighter cars are manufactured, since speed has nothing to do with quality: "We don't care if they are slow, what all they have to do is design cars that are difficult to drive, but now they will be 25 kilos heavier.The heavier they are, the more stable they will be and that will not help.We will have a show when the cars are lighter and more nervous. nothing to do with the quality of the races, but not only has to improve the show, as they say. We must improve the sport. Specifically, we need to give the teams more freedom ".



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