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Jacques Villeneuve declares Saudi Grand Prix fight a ‘racing car for hire’

Formula one Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve warned it risks becoming a “Hollywood show” after the Saudi Grand Prix became a “racing car for hire”.

Lewis Hamilton Defeat the title opponent Max Verstappen win the championship Chaos race at Jeddah Corniche Circuit Sunday and put the world championship in the final race of the season.

It establishes a thrilling season ending Grand Prix Abu Dhabi with Hamilton and Verstappen level on points after one of the most impressive campaigns in recent memory.

But the controversial race, which featured a double-flag stop and a clash between Hamilton and Verstappen, wasn’t to everyone’s taste, with former driver David Coulthard hinting that the sport became “F1 UFC”.

And Villeneuve, the 1997 world champion, was also critical of the battle between Hamilton and Verstappen and the chaos that ensued on the penultimate race of the season.

“It’s not F1, it’s race cars for hire,” said Villeneuve Autosport. “Everything went wrong. So I’m not sure what to say.

“And it’s hard to stay neutral, it’s hard to comment on what’s been going on all the time and being neutral. You’ll always be seen as taking sides, and that’s when it gets a bit too much.

“Do we want good sport and F1? Or do we just want a Hollywood gig? If you want a show in Hollywood, today is great. But is that all that F1 is about? I do not know. I mean, I think today Frank [Williams] would have gone back to his grave, seen this race.

“And then when you see the principals, everyone is screaming, and putting pressure even on the sheriffs etc., it gets ridiculous. It really has become absurd.

“That’s great for the fans. So that will probably increase viewership. Which is great for F1. But we’re starting to move away from the sport, that’s all. So in the end it depends on whether you are a purist or not. ”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/motor-racing/formula1/f1-hamilton-verstappen-title-saudi-arabia-b1971462.html Jacques Villeneuve declares Saudi Grand Prix fight a ‘racing car for hire’

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