Jacques Villeneuve makes comments designed deliberately to trigger sensational headlines.
That is the claim of Oskari Saari, a commentator for the Finnish broadcaster MTV3 who says he knows the 1997 world champion well.
"Jacques is a great guy," he said. "I always like to see him because I like to argue with him! He is always in a happy and positive mood when I see him."
Former Williams and Honda driver Villeneuve is now a regular television pundit for Sky Italia, but he also makes regular print headlines with his biting observations.
Recently, he added fuel to the silly-season by suggesting Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are on the move, and after Hungary accused Nico Rosberg of trying to "destroy Lewis' race".
|Jacques Villeneuve drives in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2014. (Photo: Albatec Racing)|
MTV3's Saari thinks he has figured Villeneuve out.
"Last season he criticised Valtteri Bottas heavily," he said, referring to the young Finn who in a competitive Williams has emerged in 2014 as a true star.
"Last weekend I asked Villeneuve about that and he admitted that this year is going a little more smoothly for Bottas than last year! I have the feeling that Villeneuve throws these things out there just for fun, just for the colour of the stories and for the headlines," Oskari Saari charged.