Villeneuve overheats

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The Independent Online

Jacques Villeneuve found his temperature rising to match the heat here yesterday amid mounting speculation that Sauber-Petronas could soon replace him with the BAR-Honda test driver Anthony Davidson.

"I haven't read it, haven't seen it, don't care," Villeneuve retorted when asked about a report to that effect in Autosport. Asked if he still had what it takes, he said: "Obviously. If not, I would have stayed home."

The French-Canadian, world champion for Williams-Renault in 1997, returned to Formula One late last year with Renault, after being fired by BAR-Honda the previous October, but failed to impress.

Jenson Button, his former BAR team-mate, said: "Jacques was probably one of the slowest cars in Melbourne [at the recent Australian Grand Prix]... His team-mate Felipe Massa was on one refuelling stop yet he was quicker in a heavier car."