Jacques in Cologne for seat fitting

Jacques Villeneuve

Autosport and Motorsport-total.com have both confirmed that 1997 World Champion will be fitted for his Stefan Grand Prix seat on Monday at the Toyota factory in Cologne.

Speaking to Adam Cooper, Villeneuve “seemed to be as eager as the rest of us to find out what was going on. He’s continuing his training regime in Austria this weekend with long time physio Erwin Gollner, so he’s ready to rock if the thing goes ahead.”

It has also been confirmed that the teams’ reserve driver will be Venezuelan GP2 race winner Pastor Maldonado. This completes the line up with Kazuki Nakajima already confirmed several weeks ago.

With one car already fired up and ready to go, the second car is on schedule to be fired up on Tuesday morning with a media launch planned for Wednesday where both cars will be revealed. It has been confirmed that the launch will take place at a location near the Cologne factory with the team eager to shakedown both cars and to prove to the watching world that they are serious in their Formula One quest.

There have been rumours circulating that the team will shakedown their cars at the Nurburgring test track with Avon tyres, but there have been no confirmed reports if a shakedown or a proper full blown test will happen.

With Stefan GP now confirming both drivers and planning a media launch and shakedown, the Serbian team must be very confident of making the 2010 grid. As I said before, Jacques Villeneuve would not have a seat fitting and be on the verge of putting pen to paper if the team were not confirmed as a fixture for the coming season.

Let’s hope that the S-01 cars will feature plenty of Serbian Red.

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