BMW can't ignore me, insists JV
Former champ has watertight contract

(GMM) Jacques Villeneuve says BMW cannot ignore his 2006 contract, even though Peter Sauber - and not the new team owner - signed it.

Asked if the French Canadian and 1997 champ was '100 per cent confirmed' for the new collaboration, 34-year-old JV replied: ''(It's) never been a doubt as far as I'm concerned.''

Villeneuve reckons only one or two things would have given the Munich carmaker grounds for asking him to go -- if Sauber had gone bankrupt, or a contract clause.

''There was no clause concerning that in my contract,'' Jacques told ITV, while it is clear that Sauber is selling up as a going concern.

'JV' says he 'lucked into' the BMW scenario.

''When I signed with Sauber I didn't sign because of the BMW deal,'' he explained, ''because I didn't know that was going to happen. I'm very happy.''

Written: Wed, 07 Sep 2005 13:58:52

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