Jacques Villeneuve: Former F1 champion leaves DiCaprio's team

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jacques Villeneuve
Jacques Villeneuve's final race in Formula 1 was the 2006 German Grand Prix

Former Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve's short spell in electric racing has come to an end after he left a team co-owned by actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Venturi Formula E team said on Friday that they had parted company with the 44-year-old Canadian by "mutual agreement" following a "disagreement over the future direction of the team".

Villeneuve, F1 champion with Williams in 1997, competed in just two races.

Britain's Mike Conway has replaced him.

Villeneuve made his Formula E debut in Beijing last October but retired after a collision.

He finished 11th in the next race in Malaysia but was ruled out of the third round in Uruguay after crashing in qualifying.

Villeneuve was the first Formula 1 champion to compete in Formula E, a series which features cars quieter than their F1 counterparts racing in city centres.

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