JV chuffed with fourth

Jacques Villeneuve admitted he was pleasantly surprised to have been in the hunt for a podium place in Monaco. The former world champion finished fourth - ending his string or poor results in championship's biggest race

JV chuffed with fourth

The Canadian trailed race winner Michael Schumacher by over half a minute but was hunting down Eddie Irvine for third when the flag fell. And another helping of points lifted him to sixth in the championship and the team equal fifth with Sauber on 12 points.

"To be honest, I didn't think we would finish this race so high up," said Villeneuve, who qualified eighth. "I am very happy to finish in the points. It is always a tough here and this is an easy race to make mistakes in. But we finished in a car that was a bit slower."

Villeneuve put down his haul of points to some tactical thinking during the race.

"I managed to save some fuel during the race which I think was important to the outcome. When I was following Jarno Trulli, he was going very slow, so I saved some more. When he pulled off, I started pushing.

"I also kept trying to push Eddie although I knew he had a quicker car, hoping he would make a mistake - but he didn't."

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