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Jacques Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve, F1 driver


9 April 1971 (52)
Johnny Thomson (9 April 1922)

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1996 Australian Grand Prix
2006 German Grand Prix
1996 European Grand Prix
1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix

about Jacques Villeneuve

Jacques Joseph Charles Villeneuve, (French pronunciation: ?[??k vilnœv]; born April 9, 1971), is a Canadian professional auto racing driver and amateur musician. He is the son of Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve, and is the namesake of his uncle, who was also a racer. Villeneuve won the 1995 CART Championship, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 and the 1997 Formula One World Championship, making him only the third driver after Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi to achieve such a feat. As of 2016, no other Canadian has won the Indianapolis 500 or the Formula One Drivers' title.

Following two successful years in CART, Villeneuve moved into Formula One with the front-running Williams team, alongside Damon Hill. In his debut season, Villeneuve challenged teammate Hill for the title, winning four races and taking the fight to the final round in Japan, where Villeneuve retired and Hill won the race, and the title. Villeneuve, however, did win the following year's title, this time challenging Michael Schumacher and once again taking it to the final round in Jerez, where Schumacher retired after the two collided.

1997 would be the last year in which Villeneuve would win a championship level race and finish the season in the top three. For 1998, Villeneuve's Williams team had to fare with less competitive Mecachrome engines, and Villeneuve moved to the newly formed British American Racing team in 1999. He stayed there for the next four seasons but, following poor results he was replaced by former British Formula Three Champion Takuma Sato. Villeneuve also drove for Renault at the end of 2004, and Sauber in the 2005 season and eleven races of the 2006 season before suffering an injury in Germany. Villeneuve was replaced by Robert Kubica and soon BMW and Villeneuve parted company.

Outside Formula One, Villeneuve has taken on several new careers: in sportscar racing, racing for Peugeot in the 2007 and 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans, jumping to NASCAR in August 2007 and racing as an invited driver in the Argentinian Top Race V6 series and the Australian-based International V8 Supercars Championship. As a musician, he has released an album titled Private Paradise.

As of 2016, Villeneuve adds Track Designer to his list of accomplishments with Area 27 Motorsports Park, a private membership-based motorsport club outside of Oliver, British Columbia, Canada. As one of four co-founders (including Trevor Seibert, David King, and Bill Drossos), Villeneuve led a collaboration with Seibert (engineer and builder) and Drossos (who had the idea initially) to design a 4.83 km/3 mi road circuit with 16 corners in the heart of British Columbia (south Okanagan) wine country. Area 27 officially opened in 2017.

Villeneuve was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 1998.

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1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,

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teams & teammates Jacques Villeneuve

season teammate
1996 Damon Hill
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1997 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
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1998 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
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1999 Ricardo Zonta
Mika Salo
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2000 Ricardo Zonta
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2001 Olivier Panis
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2002 Olivier Panis
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2003 Jenson Button
Takuma Sato
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2004 Fernando Alonso
Jarno Trulli
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2005 Felipe Massa
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2006 Nick Heidfeld
Robert Kubica
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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.
What is less well known is what happened later that evening, and how Michael attempted to smooth the waters with the new world ...

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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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