Villeneuve set for Sunday celebrations

Birthday boy Jacques Villeneuve will party in Monaco tonight with the one of the best presents he could have - a competitive car

Villeneuve set for Sunday celebrations

The Canadian jetted back back to nearby Monaco after finishing fifth in the San Marino Grand Prix and in the mood to party despite a cripplingly painful back.

It was his second points finish in three races.

With him for his 29th birthday celebrations will be fiancee Dannii Minogue and third placed finisher David Coulthard with his fiancee Heidi.

Last year BAR were the lame ducks of the pit lane but now he is convinced they can prove they are the third best team in Formula 1.

"We have shown today that we can be the best of the rest behind the Ferraris and the McLarens," he said.

"It also shows that Ralf Schumacher is probably going to be our biggest rival."

Villeneuve made a blistering start to leap from ninth to fifth behind Rubens Barrichello by the first bend and then got ahead of Ralf Schumacher on his second stop for fifth place.

He held off close friend Mika Salo in the final stages to take a fifth place to add to his fourth in Australia, despite problems with his back.

"I had to take anti-inflammatory drugs for the race and I was in a lot of pain but with adrenalin from the race it was not too bad," he said.

"But I reckon I am going to have a lot of trouble walking when it wears off tomorrow.

"Tonight Dannii and I are going to have a few beers to celebrate with a few friends and David and Heidi are coming round."

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