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Villeneuve commits himself to BAR

JACQUES VILLENEUVE ended speculation surrounding his future on Monday night by committing his future to British American Racing after agreeing a new three-year deal.

The Canadian, a world champion in 1997 with Williams, completed negotiations with managing director Craig Pollock to end rumors that he would quit the Brackley-based team in favor of a move to Benetton.

"We are absolutely delighted with Jacques' decision and the fact he has registered a significant vote of confidence in British American Racing," Pollock said.

"Jacques has been an integral part of the team since its formation two years ago, and his commitment to stay indicates that he shares our belief that this is an organization with which he can win races, and ultimately the world championship, in the future."

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