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Gilles Villeneuve, F1 driver


18 January 1950
8 May 1982 (32)
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6 (8.8%)
1 (1.5%)
2 (2.9%)
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107 (1.6 points per race avg)
29 (42.6%)
1977 British Grand Prix
1982 Belgian Grand Prix
1978 Canadian Grand Prix
1981 Spanish 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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1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982,

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teams & teammates Gilles Villeneuve

season teammate
1977 James Hunt
Jochen Mass
Emilio de Villota
Brett Lunger
Bruno Giacomelli
Carlos Reutemann
Niki Lauda
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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
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On Friday, Leclerc revealed a tribute helmet sporting the iconic red and black colour scheme used by former Ferrari driver Gilles Villeneuve, after whom the Canadian Grand Prix venue was named.
But Leclerc's announcement surprised the Villeneuve family as neither the Ferrari driver nor his management had asked the family for permission.
After talks between Leclerc and Villeneuve's sister ...

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Leclerc revealed his special helmet design on social media on Friday, but he hadn’t told the Villeneuve family what he was planning to do.
While the gesture was obviously intended to honour one of his predecessors at Ferrari the helmet design is trademarked, and thus there were potential issues around the Italian team’s current sponsors being associated with it.
Leclerc was alerted to ...

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Villeneuve scored his maiden victory for the Italian team at the first Montreal F1 event in 1978, and after his death at the 1982 Belgian GP, the track was renamed in his honour.
Last May Leclerc drove Villeneuve's 1979 Ferrari 312T4 at Fiorano to mark the 40th anniversary of the Zolder accident, and the helmet represents another step for the Monegasque driver in honouring the Ferrari ...

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That day, Michael Schumacher ended up in the gravel after a clumsy blocking move on Villeneuve backfired, leaving the Canadian free and clear to secure the title. Three years after his clash with Damon Hill in Adelaide, Schumacher was again under fire from all sides.
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It will be the first time that the 51-year-old has driven a near-contemporary F1 car since his last race with BMW Sauber at Hockenheim in 2006.
The chance came about through his relationship with broadcaster Canal+, and is part of a 25th anniversary celebration of his world championship title, achieved with a Renault-powered Williams in 1997.
Villeneuve drove for the Enstone team in the ...

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Leclerc made his debut for Ferrari in 2019 after just one year in F1, but quickly emerged as a fan favourite by impressing through his first campaign in Maranello. His performances were rewarded with a long-term contract that runs to the end of the 2024 season.
Leclerc finds himself in the midst of an early title fight in 2022, having won two races and scored five pole positions in the opening ...

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Forty years ago today, Gilles Villeneuve lost his life after colliding with Jochen Mass during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder.
The story of his Ferrari team?s tumultuous 1982 Formula 1 season, which also included career-ending injuries for Villeneuve?s teammate Didier Pironi, has been told many times.
However, one voice rarely quoted is that of the Maranello team?s ...

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Villeneuve won his 1997 championship for Williams following a controversial finale at Jerez, where Ferrari?s Michael Schumacher crashed into him as they battled over the title.
Speaking at Daytona, where he was testing ahead of a planned NASCAR Cup Series comeback next month, Villeneuve said the disputed ending to the 2021 F1 season in Abu Dhabi was ?good for the sport? as it sets up a ...

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The Canadian has also questioned whether the sport is becoming too much of a "Hollywood show."
TV pundit Villeneuve, who was involved in a messy battle for the 1997 world championship with Michael Schumacher, questioned many of the events that unfolded during the controversial Jeddah night race.
"It wasn't F1, it was rental karting," Villeneuve told "Everything was wrong. So ...

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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.
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.
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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