JULY 27, 2002
Moves at BAR
But nothing is certain until it becomes clear what Jacques's manager Craig Pollock is going to do. Pollock has been involved with talks to buy Arrows and, given the current levels of performance, that would have to be seen as a possible option for Villeneuve if Pollock was able to pull together a deal. There is no doubt that Jacques wants to be paid properly but at the same time he needs to re-establish himself as a credible race winner who is worth the kind of money being paid. Given the current situation with BAR (where Jacques is paid a great deal more than Panis) the difference in the performance of the two drivers is not sufficiently marked to warrant the salary and Jacques unusual attitude towards promotional work is very difficult to square with the sponsors.
There is still the chance therefore that arrangements between Villeneuve and BAR are not set in stone.