Jacques Villeneuve has renewed his attack on "childish" F1 star Daniel Ricciardo after their brutal war of words at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The feud began when Villeneuve, working as a pundit for Sky Sports F1, said on air that the Aussie "can't cut it" at the top level any more. Ricciardo responded by qualifying fifth for the race in his RB and snapped back when he spoke to the media.

Ricciardo said of 1997 F1 champion Villeneuve: "I heard he's been talking s**t, but he always does. I think he's hit his head a few too many times. So I don't know if he plays ice hockey or something. I won't give him the time of day but all those people can suck it. I want to say more but we'll leave him behind."

The 34-year-old survived a treacherous race to finish eighth, his best Grand Prix result of the season so far. Afterwards, he said he had been driving with a "bit of a chip on my shoulder", determined to prove the Canadian wrong.

Villeneuve, though, has doubled down on his criticism of the affable Aussie. Speaking to Crypto Sports Betting, the 53-year-old claimed Ricciardo is "extremely protected by his team, the media and by fans on social media" - but didn't shy away from renewing his attack.

He said: "Ultimately, the results have not been there. He was really good at Red Bull and since he left them, it's been very difficult and his return hasn't been flamboyant. He had a good qualifying session and then an okay race yesterday marred by the false start where he got a penalty and in the end, he scored points because drivers in front of him messed up.

"Obviously I got under his skin because it made him go faster and even Christian Horner thought that it gave him a bit of a boost and maybe he needed that. At least he got a lot of media mileage out of this! What I find incredible is the reaction that some of these drivers have nowadays in the media.

"It's completely unprofessional and has nothing to do with the business and it can be personally insulting which is amazing. I can't imagine Daniel saying that to other media so that's weird. If he says that someone hit his head playing ice hockey, how constructive and how professional is that?

"It's very childish and people like Daniel are role models and they think that's the right way to act. You have to be careful with that. I found that really strange when someone says I don't care what people say. You need to have tough skin, in F1 you will be criticised and you have to take it. Don't say something childish and insulting.

"I have no idea why Daniel Ricciardo is so protected but he has a huge aura around him. Good for him but imagine if he could back that up with results? He's not lived up to expectations and he's not consistent so he knows he's not up to speed and he hasn't had results that have been good enough. It's that simple. There's nothing wrong with saying that. Saying it might hurt but you're in F1, just take it and move on. The truth hurts."

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