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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Villeneuve Ready to Tackle Hill

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Canadian Jacques Villeneuve goes into Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix oozing confidence and ready to claim his first Formula One victory after missing out so narrowly in Australia earlier this month.


Despite having no experience of racing on the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, in the sprawling Interlagos suburb of Sao Paulo, the 24-year-old son of former Ferrari star Gilles Villeneuve believes he can learn the track quickly enough to challenge seriously his Williams teammate, Briton Damon Hill.


"I am not worried about learning the track at all," he said Wednesday.


"I should be within a second of my limit within 10 laps and fine after that," he said.


"Normally, the day before the first session, it is best to run, or skate, around the track -- or go around it in a hire car."


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Williams technical director Patrick Head said Thursday he did not agree with claims that Ayrton Senna's death at Imola in 1994 was caused by steering failure.


In an interview with the British magazine Autosport, Head was quoted as saying that he did not think the conclusion of the official report, which is widely believed to be steering failure, was reached correctly.


The report, due to be published May 5, is understood to allege the steering column of Senna's Williams car was suffering from metal fatigue when the Brazilian lost control and crashed during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.