Jacques Villeneuve is close to returning to F1 through agreement with the new F1 team USF1, said German newspaper Sport Bild. The French-Canadian, now 38, has won his last Grand Prix in 1997, when he won the World Cup, and later drove for BAR, Renault and Sauber until 2006.
After the failure of his career in NASCAR, has attended a number of Formula 1 races this year, attracted by the aerodynamic reduction of downforce, the return of slick tires and the arrival of three new teams.
Villeneuve did not make any explicit reference to the about USF1 team but admitted for microphones of the German magazine: "It is true, I`m returning in Formula 1."
According to Sport Bild an official announcement could arrive in the coming weeks.
The car of the U.S. team, Cosworth powered, should be ready in October and will be promoted in one of two Cities candidate to host the European base of the team Aragon (Spain) and Le Castellet (France).
The cars will be designed and constructed in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA).