First points ease pressure off Villeneuve

IMOLA: Canadian Jacques Villeneuve scored his first points since 2003 on Sunday and breathed a sigh of relief after weeks of speculation about his Formula One future. 

“I've had a hell of a time this year, so it's sweet to score these points while making a point of my own,” said the Sauber driver, who finished sixth at the San Marino Grand Prix. 

Villeneuve, the 1997 champion for Williams, has been pilloried for his mediocre performances in his first three races for Sauber. 

“We didn't know that we would have so much improvement in the car when we arrived here this weekend, and that has really helped,” said Villeneuve. “I thoroughly enjoyed my race.” – Reuters 

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