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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Villeneuve Victorious in Spain

BARCELONA, Spain -- Jacques Villeneuve led nearly the entire race to win the Spanish Grand Prix to regain the lead in the drivers' standings.


Sunday's victory was the seventh of his career and third of the season for Villeneuve in a Williams-Renault.


Villeneuve won the third and fourth races of the season, then had to drop out of the last two races, including the rain-plagued Monaco Grand Prix.


Villeneuve finished the 64 laps on the 4.727-kilometer Catalunya Circuit in 1:30:35, averaging just more than 200 kilometers an hour.


Olivier Panis in a Prost-Mugen-Honda was second, 5.9 seconds back at the end after Villeneuve slacked off the pace in the final laps. Jean Alesi in a Benetton-Renault was third, his first top-three finish since last year.


Michael Schumacher, the points leader in a Ferrari entering the race, finished fourth after starting on the fourth row. A blown engine in qualifying Saturday put him down on the grid.


Damon Hill, world champion last year in a Williams-Renault, lasted just 17 laps before a blown engine made it the sixth consecutive race he failed to finish in his Arrows-Yamaha.