Bernie Ecclestone said he tried to
help Jacques Villeneuve stay in Formula One next
season but no team was interested in signing the Canadian.
Ecclestone and Villeneuve after the latter had won the 1997 F1 title
Villeneuve, who won the F1 title in 1997, has been dropped for next season by the BAR team in favour of Takuma Sato.
"I did everything possible to talk teams into giving Jacques
a drive for next season but the truth is no one wants him," Ecclestone told The
"I still regard him as a great racer but he needs a team
that would give him extra motivation.
"Toyota would have been the perfect platform for him because
they could give him a car capable of winning races."
All the top teams have filled their driving positions for next season which means that this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix could be Villeneuve's last in Formula One.
Ecclestone said he had suggested Villeneuve should drive for
free for Ferrari, where the 32-year-old's late father Gilles
remains a legend.
"But it didn't come off because Michael (Schumacher) insists
on number one status, which shows he must still consider Jacques
a threat," said the F1 supremo.