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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Villeneuve Ready for Assault on 'Go-Cart Track'

BUENOS AIRES, Brazil -- Jacques Villeneuve has fond memories of last year's second place finish in the Argentine Grand Prix as he tries to strengthen Williams' grip on motor racing at this week's race.


The 25-year-old Canadian heads his team's assault at the Oscar Galvez circuit in Buenos Aires.


Villeneuve finished second in Argentina last year behind then teammate Damon Hill, who also won in 1995 and who went on last year to lift the world crown.


Villeneuve, the red-hot preseason favorite, will draw on last year's experience at this week's event.


"Last year, it was only my third Grand Prix race," he said. "But this year, I'm looking forward to returning to Argentina with prior knowledge and experience of the circuit.


"It was not a bad weekend there last year, and the car was pretty good. So, I've got good memories. The circuit is very modern. It is full of hairpins and chicanes, so I think it is a great challenge. But this year's car is strong ... and I feel pretty confident."


Villeneuve's confidence is not entirely shared by teammate Heinz-Harald Frentzen of Germany, yet to score a point this season. Last Friday, he flew to England to attend critical talks at team headquarters aimed at resolving his early season problems.


"Without doubt, I am hoping to be in a better position in Argentina than I was in Brazil," he said after long talks with his engineers. "It just didn't seem to come together for me there. But I am confident about finding a good set-up in Argentina. I like the circuit at Buenos Aires, it reminds me of a go-cart track."


The tight, twisty and relatively small circuit was criticized last year for being too bumpy for Grand Prix cars but is believed to have been resurfaced.


However, it is rarely used for racing and is expected to be a low-grip track that could require the cars to run with high downforce levels.


This may upset the established order and offer the Bridgestone tire company, newly arrived rivals to Goodyear, a chance to steal a march with the Arrows and Prost teams.