Saudi Arabian GP would leave F1 legend Frank Williams "turning in his grave"

Former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve has blasted last week's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and sensationally claimed the race would have left Frank Williams "turning in his grave".

In one of the most dramatic contests in recent times, the race had two red flags, featured three standing starts and saw title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collide.

For the neutral, it had everything. But for Villeneuve, who won the 1997 world championship after a dramatic final race which saw Michael Schumacher disqualified from the season entirely, it was nothing short of a farce.

"It wasn't F1, it was rental karting," the Canadian told Autosport. "Everything was wrong. So I'm not sure what to say.

"And it's hard to stay neutral, it's hard to give a comment on what happened every time and be perceived as being neutral. You will always be perceived as taking sides, and that's when it becomes a bit too much.

"Do we want sport and good F1? Or do we just want a Hollywood show? If you want a Hollywood show, today was amazing. But is that what F1 is all about? I don't know.

"I mean, I think today Frank [Williams] would have turned in his grave, seeing this race."

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Without naming names, Villeneuve also lashed out at some of the sport's team principals for their histrionics during the race.

He continued: "And then when you see the team principals, everybody is shouting, and putting pressure even on the marshals and so on, that become ridiculous. It really has become ridiculous.

"It was great for the fans. So that probably will increase the viewership. Which is great for F1. But we're starting to get away from the sport, that's all. So ultimately, it depends if you're a purist or not."

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Hamilton prevailed ahead of Verstappen in Saudi Arabia to take the battle for the drivers' championship to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

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