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Another Jacques Villeneuve Return, Though Not The One You'd Expect

Antony Herbert@LeeUwishWritingAnalyst IIIJuly 16, 2010

ELKHART LAKE, WI - JUNE 19: Jacques Villeneuve, driver of the #32 Dollar General Toyota looks on from the grid prior to the start of the Nationwide Series Bucyrus 200 at Road America on June 19, 2010 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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The FIA were foolish for disallowing Stefan GP entry to this season's championship.
The team appeared miles ahead of US F1, who ultimately let the sport down with their lack of a campaign after gaining initial entry into the sport.

Possibly the only saving grace for rejecting Stefan GP was with keeping Jacques Villeneuve away from a drive.

This is not to say that his talents would have been unwelcome. He holds within in a sporting name and history-making attributes to back him up.

He burst into the sport in electrifying form, though sadly leaving a few years down the line when his results began to wane.

Yet, with Michael Schumacher's somewhat disastrous comeback, you have to feel that Villeneuve wouldn't have fared any better.

If a seven-time world champion struggled, what else could a one-time world champion do to subvert a deflated return?

His already decreased reputation would just find another 50 levels to fall down.
Now, however, it looks as though his intentions are for leadership as opposed to individual glory.

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The Canadian has put forward an application for the 13th team for 2011.
This will not come as a huge surprise to many. Of all the former drivers, Jacques always seemed the most eager and willing to reclaim a place in a sport that made him a household name.

What we have to question is whether his attempted return is inspired, or rather just another desperate campaign to try and revive some credibility to his family name.

Maybe it is a mixture of the two. I suggest, however, it is more the former. 

In a world where sports stars are constantly abused for being overpaid, with many considered as wrongly-motivated due to this, it is refreshing to see a competitor who is doing it more for the love of the sport.

One fan commented that the only outcome Jacques will see with this is a massive, gaping hole in his bank balance.

Yet, I can't help but feel that, with all the millions he may squander, there will be many more to embellish into the effort, and many more to back him up if the team goes under.

His spirit and determination should therefore be commended, if he is promising to offer us a team that will excite and perform.

A return may be seen to some as selfish. If he is returning just to redefine what Jacques Villeneuve means, then many will see through this.

First, though, he has to get a place, and alongside the likes of Stefan GP, you may think his chances are slim.

Yet, if nothing else, it should remind us that a sports star who can quit the sport as a talent but then return as a leader is one who is invested rightfully.

He is a star who is able to give others the spotlight and leave a legacy behind that inspires.

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