Jacques Villeneuve

Racing Driver
Born Apr 9, 1971

Jacques Joseph Charles Villeneuve, OQ, is a Canadian automobile 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. Jacques 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.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jacques Villeneuve.


1971 Birth Born on April 9, 1971.


1982 11 Years Old When Villeneuve was eleven years old, his father was killed during the qualifying session for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder following a collision with Jochen Mass. … Read More
1984 13 Years Old In 1984, two years after his father's death, Villeneuve asked his mother if he could follow his father's footsteps and go motor racing. … Read More
1987 16 Years Old During the summer of 1987, Villeneuve attended a racing school set up by former instructor Richard Spenard. … Read More
1989 18 Years Old Villeneuve competed in the Italian Formula Three series from 1989 through 1991, but failed to make an impression.


1992 - 1995 5 More Events
His performances, as well as his family name, brought him to the attention of Frank Williams, Managerial Director of the Williams Grand Prix team. Williams signed him to his Formula One team for 1996 and Villeneuve began testing the Williams F1 car in 1995 after the IndyCar season.
1997 would be the last year in which Villeneuve would win a championship level race and finish the season in the top three. … Read More
1998 27 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1998, he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec. … Read More


2002 31 Years Old 2002 Pollock was sacked from his post as team manager in 2002 and was replaced by Prodrive boss David Richards. … Read More
2004 33 Years Old 1 More Event
With one year left to run on his contract Villeneuve turned down a lucrative offer to spend a season racing in CART before returning to BAR for 2004 and 2005, a deal which Villeneuve claimed was spoken about but never actually produced for him to sign. … Read More
Just before his 3-race Renault comeback, Villeneuve signed a two-year contract to drive for Sauber, starting in 2005.
2006 35 Years Old He married his Parisienne girlfriend Johanna Martinez on May 29, 2006, at a civil ceremony in Switzerland. After the ceremony, it was announced the Villeneuves were expecting a baby in November. Johanna gave birth to a son, Jules, on November 14, 2006. Their second son Jonas was born on December 23, 2007. The couple divorced in July 2009.
It would be another 11 years before another driver finished on the podium on his debut which was Lewis Hamilton during the 2007 Australian Grand Prix. … Read More
2008 37 Years Old Villeneuve failed to qualify for the 2008 Daytona 500. … Read More
…  In 2009 he was invited again to run in two out of the three major races in the season: one at Interlagos on July 19 (did not finish after contact with Leonel Pernía and spun) and the other being the second edition of La Carrera del Año at the Buenos Aires circuit on September 20, the last mentioned race being its better results in the series, finishing 13th.
2010 39 Years Old 1 More Event
During a press conference held during the previous week before La Carrera del Año, Villeneuve stated that he would race the whole 2010 season if he did not get anything in Formula One or NASCAR.


2012 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2012, Villeneuve married Camilla Lopez.
2014 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2014 it was announced that Villeneuve will be taking part in the FIA World Rallycross Championship with Albatec Racing in a Peugeot 208.
2015 44 Years Old In 2015 it was announced that Villeneuve will be taking part in the FIA Formula E Championship with Venturi Grand Prix alongside Stéphane Sarrazin. … Read More
2016 45 Years Old In 2016, Villeneuve returned to NASCAR, driving the No. 27 Ford for Wing Nut Racing in the Xfinity Series. … Read More
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