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Canadian
18 January 1950
8 May 1982 (32)
Pedro Rodríguez (18 January 1940)
Johnny Servoz-Gavin (18 January 1942)
Gianfranco Brancatelli (18 January 1950)
Christian Fittipaldi (18 January 1971)

statistics

6 (8.8%)
13 (19.1%)
2 (2.9%)
0 (0%)
1st
6
68
67
107 (1.6 points per race avg)
29 (42.6%)
1977 British Grand Prix
1982 Belgian Grand Prix

about Gilles Villeneuve

Joseph Gilles Henri Villeneuve (French pronunciation: ?[?il vilnœv]; January 18, 1950 – May 8, 1982), known as Gilles Villeneuve, was a Canadian racing driver. Villeneuve spent six years in Grand Prix racing with Ferrari, winning six races and widespread acclaim for his performances.

An enthusiast of cars and fast driving from an early age, Villeneuve started his professional career in snowmobile racing in his native province of Quebec. He moved into single seaters, winning the US and Canadian Formula Atlantic championships in 1976, before being offered a drive in Formula One with the McLaren team at the 1977 British Grand Prix. He was taken on by reigning world champions Ferrari for the end of the season and from 1978 to his death in 1982 drove for the Italian team. He won six Grand Prix races in a short career at the highest level. In 1979, he finished second by four points in the championship to teammate Jody Scheckter.

Villeneuve died in a 140 mph (225 km/h) crash caused by a collision with the March of Jochen Mass during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder. The accident came less than two weeks after an intense argument with his teammate, Didier Pironi, over Pironi's move to pass Villeneuve at the preceding San Marino Grand Prix. At the time of his death, Villeneuve was extremely popular with fans and has since become an iconic figure in the history of the sport. His son, Jacques Villeneuve, became Formula One world champion in 1997 and, to date, the only Canadian to win the Formula One World Championship.


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seasons

1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982,

finishing positions

grid positions

teams & teammates

season teammate
1977 Jochen Mass
James Hunt
Emilio de Villota
Brett Lunger
Bruno Giacomelli
Niki Lauda
Carlos Reutemann
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1978 Carlos Reutemann
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1979 Jody Scheckter
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1980 Jody Scheckter
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1981 Didier Pironi
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1982 Didier Pironi
Patrick Tambay
Mario Andretti
Ferrari compare 1982

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There's no doubt that his famous victory in the 1981 Monaco GP plays a big part in the Gilles Villeneuve legend.<br>The Canadian managed to qualify on the front row and then win the most prestigious race of the year in a cumbersome Ferrari equipped with a brutal turbo engine that was still in the early stages of its development. It was hardly the ideal tool with which to thread the needle around ...

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Saturday May 8th, 1982. Just a few minutes remained of the final qualifying session for the following day’s Belgian GP, and for those drivers hoping to improve their grid positions, it was now or never.<br>Gilles Villeneuve never, ever gave up such hopes. Despite the fact that his second and final set of sticky qualifying tyres had run several laps, and were thus well past their best, he was ...

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