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2017-04-21 14:01

VILLENEUVE BACKS ALONSO:Jacques Villeneuve has hit out at drivers critical of Fernando Alonso's decision to tackle the Indy 500 next month after coming under scrutiny by his rivals.Image: AP / Luca Bruno

Spain - Jacques Villeneuve has hit out at drivers critical of Fernando Alonso's decision to tackle the Indy 500 next month.

Some of Alonso's rivals - notably Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg - questioned the wisdom of Spaniard Alonso taking on the dangerous and fabled American oval race with little preparation.

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Villeneuve, the 1997 world champion and a past Indy 500 winner, told the Spanish daily AS: "I've already said that I think what he's doing shows that he's a real driver.” 

Asked what he means by 'real driver', the French Canadian explained: "Well, all you have to do is listen to what other drivers have said about his decision.

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"I heard Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean giving their opinion about what Alonso is doing - Hulkenberg said it's dangerous, that he wouldn't do it, that he did Le Mans because it was different.

"It sounds like excuses." 

Villeneuve concluded: "I think there are two classes of drivers. You're either an Alonso or you're a Rosberg. And Hulkenberg is a Rosberg."

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