Jacques Villeneuve
Canadian racing driver
Jacques Villeneuve
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.
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February 19, 2007
Former Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve promotes his first album 'First Date' at Newtown, his nightclub and restaurant.
July 20, 2003
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July 16, 2001
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July 15, 2001
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February 14, 2001
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January 26, 2001
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January 31, 2000
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January 24, 2000
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Canadian teenager Stroll to race for Williams F1 team
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By Alan Baldwin GROVE, England (Reuters) - Canadian teenager Lance Stroll will make his Formula One race debut with former world champions Williams next season, the team announced on Thursday. Montreal-born Stroll, who celebrated his 18th birthday on Oct. 29 and has yet to pass his driving test, will be the first Canadian F1 racer since 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who won his title at Williams and retired in 2006. The son of fashion billionaire Lawrence, who made a fortune from the Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors fashion brands, Stroll will partner experienced Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas at the Mercedes-powered team.
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NASCAR au Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières : deux Québécois sur le podium
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Andrew Ranger, qui est parti dernier en raison de son absence aux qualifications hier, a réussi à se faufiler pour atteindre la deuxième marche du podium de la course en NASCAR. L'ancien champion de F1, Jacques Villeneuve, est arrivé troisième. More...
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VIDEO: Murray Walker To Star In F1 2013
Huffington Post - over 3 years
F1 2013 will be released in the autumn for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, Codemasters has announced. The game will feature all the drivers of the current season, as well as optional additional content from the 1990s and 1980s. It will also feature legendary F1 commentator Murray Walker, who recently announced he had been diagnosed with cancer. In a press release Codemasters said: F1 2013 gives Formula 1 fans the chance to compete against legendary drivers in cars from different eras of FORMULA ONE with a range of classic content from the 1980s. F1 Classics, introduced by legendary broadcaster Murray Walker, allows players to race iconic 1980s cars from Williams, Lotus and Ferrari against drivers including Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi and Gerhard Berger, with more to be announced, on classic circuits Brands Hatch and Jerez. Classic content is also available in a range of other game modes, including split-screen and online multiplayer modes. The pre ...
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Villeneuve: Danica favoured because she's female
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
Canadian race-car driver Jacques Villeneuve has torn a strip off Danica Patrick as he prepares to take to the track that bears his father's name for the NAPA 200 race Saturday in Montreal.
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Villeneuve to V8s full-time?
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
SPEED exclusive: Tired of being a gun for hire, Jacques Villeneuve again floats the possibility of a full-time gig in V8 Supercars.
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Villeneuve keen on full-time V8 drive
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
SPEED spends 10 minutes with racing legend Jacques Villeneuve and learns of his interest in a full-time V8 Supercars drive.
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Villeneuve gets death threats over Quebec protests
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Ex-Formula 1 champ Jacques Villeneuve said Friday he had received death threats after lashing out against student protests in Quebec ahead of this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
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Former F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve criticizes Quebec's student protesters
Fox News - over 4 years
Former Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve criticized Quebec's student protesters after they tried to disrupt a cocktail party kicking off Canadian Grand Prix festivities. The months-long protest movement against higher tuition has received enthusiastic endorsements from many Quebec celebrities. But the Quebec-born, Monaco-raised driver just might have become the most famous, most virulent new critic. "It's time for people to wake up and stop loafing about. It's lasted long enough," Villeneuve told reporters Thursday. "We heard them. We listened. They should stop. It's costing the city a fortune. It makes no sense." Police surrounded the protesters, many of them masked or wearing black, as the group approached a barrier near the party. About 20 people were arrested, and police said they confiscated light bulbs filled with paint. In another protest Thursday, hundreds of demonstrators wore little more than their underwea ...
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Gilles Villeneuve still sparks emotions
Calgary Sun - almost 5 years
Jacques Villeneuve took the wheel Tuesday of his legendary father's Ferrari 312T4 for several nostalgic laps on the 30th anniversary of Gilles Villeneuve's death.
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Runaway Wheels and Flying Debris: The Clear and Present Danger in Formula One - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Just five races later, at the 2001 Australian F1 GP, marshall Graham Beveridge was fatally injured by a wheel from Jacques Villeneuve's car. In both the aforementioned fatal accidents, a wheel became detached from a car as the result of a collision,
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2011 NASCAR Crashes - USA Today
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Jacques Villeneuve (22) slams into Marcos Ambrose during the NAPA Auto Parts 200 Nationwide Series race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on Aug. 20. A fan watches in shock as David Reutimann goes airborne and slams into the fence during the
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NATIONWIDE: Villeneuve struggles in Montreal race - Motorsport.com
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Jacques Villeneuve finishes 27th at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in the No. 22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (August 20, 2011) – Jacques Villeneuve, driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger in
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jacques Villeneuve
  • 2016
    Age 44
    In 2016, Villeneuve returned to NASCAR, driving the No. 27 Ford for Wing Nut Racing in the Xfinity Series.
    More Details Hide Details Despite initial plans to start at Daytona's PowerShares QQQ 300, Villeneuve announced the team would make its debut two weeks later at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. However, the 27 team did not show in Las Vegas and has yet to enter a race.
  • 2015
    Age 43
    In 2015 it was announced that Villeneuve will be taking part in the FIA Formula E Championship with Venturi Grand Prix alongside Stéphane Sarrazin.
    More Details Hide Details After the third round of the season in Punta del Este, Villeneuve announced that he would be parting ways with the squad and leaving the series after a best finish of 11th at the second race in Malaysia. Villeneuve uses a yellow helmet, with the upper part blue, and pink, red and green lines. Villeneuve apparently designed his helmet while doodling on a drawing pad. The pink line forms a 'V' on each side, which Villeneuve has been quoted as saying was 'unintentional'. Some say that the colors of the helmet were based on the shirt of his mother Joann. Though he started writing his lyrics during his lower league days in Japan, it was not until 2006 that he released his first commercial single "Accepterais-tu", a French song with lyrics that fit well with his present personal status—asking his loved one to marry him. On February 19, 2007, Villeneuve released his first album entitled Private Paradise. The launch was held at his café where he performed two songs in front of a crowd largely composed of news reporters. When asked about his expectations on the album he released the following statement: "I hope the album makes a great success. I would never do something hoping to get criticized." His new record had very low sales; as of March 9, 2007, only 233 copies were sold in the entire province of Quebec and about 30 outside of Quebec and Canada – excluding digital sales.
  • 2014
    Age 42
    In February 2014 Albatec released Villeneuve from his contract to race in the UK round of the World Rallycross Championship so that he can race in the Indy 500 for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport.
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    In 2014 it was announced that Villeneuve will be taking part in the FIA World Rallycross Championship with Albatec Racing in a Peugeot 208.
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  • 2012
    Age 40
    In 2012, Villeneuve participated in the Sucrogen Townsville 400, Coates Hire Ipswich 300 and Sydney Motorsport Park 360 rounds, driving the No. 51 Pepsi-sponsored Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore filling in for an injured Greg Murphy.
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    In June 2012, Villeneuve married Camilla Lopez.
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  • 2010
    Age 38
    Villeneuve first competed in the V8 Supercar series as an endurance co-driver partnered with Paul Dumbrell for Rod Nash Racing in the 2010 Gold Coast 600.
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    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 37
    Villeneuve also had two starts in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series, both for Braun Racing, with his best performance starting sixth and finishing fourth at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, again under wet conditions and the second time rain tires were used in a NASCAR event.
    More Details Hide Details He was then tabbed to drive the No. 32 car in Montreal and at Road America in 2010. At Road America, he qualified second and stayed in second place for much of the race including leading three laps. He was unable to complete the race since an alternator wire broke on the final lap; he was credited with a 25th-place finish as the first car one lap down. For 2011 Villeneuve agreed to take over for Brad Keselowski in the number 22 car for Penske Racing in the Nationwide Series for two races which Keselowski could not attend. He started and finished third at Road America; later he won the pole at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve before finishing 27th. Villeneuve made his return to the Cup Series in 2013 in the 51 car for Phoenix Racing at Sonoma Raceway.
    His best start was fifth and his best finish was fourth, both in the August 2009 event at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
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    In 2009, Villeneuve had two starts in the Canadian Tire Series.
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    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 36
    Villeneuve failed to qualify for the 2008 Daytona 500.
    More Details Hide Details He lost his ride in Bill Davis Racing's No. 27 car due to a loss of sponsorship, two days after he caused a pileup in his qualifying race, when his car got loose, then slid back up the track, colliding with another car. He took part in the Nationwide race in Montreal for Braun Racing. The race started off in the sun, but before halfway, it began to rain and the teams were told to pit and use rain-tires, for the first time in NASCAR. Qualifying 5th, Villeneuve finished 16th after crashing into a car during a caution caused by poor visibility due to the rain. The race ended shortly after.
  • 2007
    Age 35
    He made his NASCAR Nextel Cup race debut in the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama over the weekend of October 5–7, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He qualified sixth, however, due to his lack of experience in this type of car, he elected to start the race from the back of the field and ran there for most of the race. He finished 21st due to a large number of accidents and mechanical failure on the other cars.
    In Villeneuve's first Truck Series race on September 22, 2007, in Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he qualified in seventh position, and finished 21st.
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    In a subsequent interview with Autosport magazine, Villeneuve's manager Craig Pollock confirmed that Villeneuve's Formula One career was over. It was announced on August 24, 2007 that Villeneuve would run the remaining seven races in the Craftsman Truck Series driving a Toyota Tundra for Bill Davis Racing and undertake a full-time Sprint Cup Series schedule in 2008.
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    On January 10, 2007, at the launch of the 908 HDi FAP diesel-powered Le Mans prototype, Villeneuve was confirmed as one of Peugeot Sport's nine drivers for the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans.
    More Details Hide Details This was his first drive in a sportscar since working with Toyota in 1992. For the race, Villeneuve shared the No.7 car with Marc Gené and Nicolas Minassian. Villeneuve set the fastest time of the three drivers in qualifying to put the car into fourth place on the starting grid. The car ran second for much of the race before pitting with engine problems at 12:39 pm. The car was officially retired at 1.42pm with only 100 minutes left of the race, after the team decided the problem could not be fixed. In the 2008 race, Villeneuve and his Nº 7 Peugeot team finished 2nd. The team led for several hours but began to lose their lead when it rained. They did lose the lead in the 15th hour during a pitstop change. The Nº 2 Audi team won after leading for the final 10 hours.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Villeneuve won his first Formula One race at the fourth round at the Nürburgring despite coming under pressure from the Ferrari of Michael Schumacher. Villeneuve won a further three races and managed to take the title to the final round at Suzuka. The Canadian and team mate Hill were the only drivers who could win the title, but with a gap of nine points between himself and Hill prior to the final race his chances of winning the title were slim. In the end, Hill won the race while Villeneuve retired on the 37th lap after his right-rear wheel came off. Having won 4 races in his debut season, Villeneuve took the record for most wins in his first championship season. He also become the first driver in Formula One history to finish second in his first championship season. Both records were later equaled by Lewis Hamilton in.
  • 2006
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 33
    After much uncertainty, in late 2005 BMW confirmed that Villeneuve would race for BMW Sauber in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details GP2 frontrunner Heikki Kovalainen and Indycar champion Dan Wheldon had both been linked with the seat, but BMW opted to honour Villeneuve's contract; to cut the contract would possibly have been an expensive exercise that would have cost them around $2 million, and Villeneuve was popular with the sponsors and team personnel. 2006 Several changes were made at Sauber during the off season. First, the Swiss team were bought by BMW and renamed BMW Sauber. The German manufacturer wished to start their own works team following a six-year partnership with Villeneuve's former employers Williams. In addition, Massa left Sauber for the vacant role left by Rubens Barrichello at Ferrari and Nick Heidfeld was brought in to replace him. Villeneuve scored seven points during the first twelve rounds of the season. But at the German Grand Prix, Villeneuve had allegedly sustained an injury in a crash on lap 31.
    2005 His Sauber debut at the Australian Grand Prix saw him start on the grid in fourth position, although the Canadian would finish the race nine places down the order in thirteenth and a lap down.
    More Details Hide Details For the opening three races he was the slowest driver on Michelin tyres and rumours began to spread that he would soon be replaced. The rumours proved unfounded and at Imola he scored his first points for the team with a fourth place. The pressure was soon back on him when he forced team-mate Felipe Massa off the track when attempting to overtake the Brazilian in Monaco, ruining both their races. Towards the end of the season, his pace improved and he scored more points at Belgium, where he finished sixth, moving ahead of Massa in the championship tables, although Massa repassed him after finishing 6th in the season finale in China. In terms of speed, the two team-mates were fairly evenly matched by the end of the year. Massa was later drafted into Ferrari to support Michael Schumacher's 2006 campaign.
    Just before his 3-race Renault comeback, Villeneuve signed a two-year contract to drive for Sauber, starting in 2005.
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  • 2004
    Age 32
    With no contract for 2004, Villeneuve was forced to take a sabbatical, but maintained that he wanted to return to the sport.
    More Details Hide Details He continued training and made a special appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed driving his late father's Ferrari. In September, Villeneuve returned to Formula One, driving the final three Grands Prix of the season for the French Renault team. Jarno Trulli had fallen out of favour and team boss Flavio Briatore felt Villeneuve would be worth a gamble. Although vowing to help Renault achieve second place in the constructors championship, ahead of his former team BAR, Villeneuve failed to score a single point, unable to finish any of his races on the lead lap; Renault settled for third in the final standings. Villeneuve admitted that the enforced lay-off had cost him vital seat time. With the cars so much faster than in 2003, he found it difficult to adapt, and with an up-and-coming Fernando Alonso as team-mate his task was made all the more difficult. The young Spaniard proved faster.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, he decided that he would see out his present deal in the hope of landing a role at another Grand Prix team the following year. The Canadian was joined by Jenson Button from Renault in 2003 as Panis was offered a drive at the Toyota which the Frenchman took. Button would prove to become the second of Villeneuve's teammates to outscore him in the Drivers' Championship as, unlike the Canadian, the Briton was able to score consistently with the BAR 005, finishing in the points every two races on average. Villeneuve was criticized by the media for being outpaced by his inexperienced teammate and before the final round in Japan, the Canadian was replaced by former British Formula 3 Champion Takuma Sato.
  • 2002
    Age 30
    2002 Pollock was sacked from his post as team manager in 2002 and was replaced by Prodrive boss David Richards.
    More Details Hide Details Along with Pollock, Richards sacked Technical Director Malcolm Oastler and fifty members of staff at BAR. The Englishman soon began to debate over Villeneuve's £15 million annual salary. From this point on, Villeneuve felt less comfortable at the team. The BAR 004 proved to be a much less competitive car than the teams' previous two, with neither Villeneuve or Panis scoring points consistently with only seven points scored between them, Villeneuve scoring four points to Panis' three. 2003
  • 1999
    Age 27
    1999 In 1999, Villeneuve joined the newly founded British American Racing (BAR) team, co-founded and partly owned by Villeneuve's personal manager, Craig Pollock, and by Adrian Reynard.
    More Details Hide Details Joining him as his team mate was Brazilian Ricardo Zonta. There was a lot of media hype about the new squad, but despite the high expectations, BAR had a poor season, retiring from the first eleven races of the season -an unfortunate record- and not scoring a single Championship point. At times the car showed a promising pace, Villeneuve running in third place at Barcelona, but often, technical problems ruined his chances. Villeneuve suffered a high speed crash during practice at the at the Eau Rouge corner, from which he emerged unharmed. 2000 Despite the lack of a competitive car in 1999, the Canadian remained loyal to Pollock's team as did Zonta. The Supertec engines of the previous season were replaced by Honda engines and the new BAR-Honda package proved to be more competitive with Villeneuve finishing in the points on seven different occasions and almost secured a podium finish at the United States Grand Prix.
  • 1998
    Age 26
    1998 Villeneuve's career went into sharp decline following his World Championship title.
    More Details Hide Details Remaining with Williams in (and becoming the first Williams driver since Keke Rosberg in to stay with the team for his title defense), he struggled with an underpowered Mecachrome engine which were basically rebadged Renault V10 engines from the previous season that despite some development had been overtaken in power by both Ferrari and the Mercedes-Benz powered McLarens. He failed to win a single race (like Hill the previous season), although he did finish on the podium twice in Germany and Hungary. Villeneuve finished fifth in the Drivers' Championship with 21 points, 79 points behind Champion Mika Häkkinen in the McLaren-Mercedes.
    In 1998, he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec.
    More Details Hide Details From 1996 to 2002 he lived in Monaco, and from 2002 to 2007 he lived in Switzerland. In 2007 he moved to Quebec, buying a $3 million house in Westmount, Montreal, with his mother acting as real estate agent. Villeneuve owned a nightclub and restaurant in Montreal called Newtown, but he sold it in 2009. In 2012 he moved to Andorra, stating that he was leaving Quebec because of the province's language laws, business climate and the general "morose ambiance."
  • 1997
    Age 25
    In 1997, following his win of the Formula One World Championship, Villeneuve appeared in a Volkswagen advert on Quebec television.
    More Details Hide Details Villeneuve was seen driving a VW before stopping and saying at the camera that he has nothing against German guys, much less for the "allemandes", referring to the vehicle and German girls—a reference to his rivalry with Michael Schumacher and for the incident at the 1997 European Grand Prix. Villeneuve also appeared briefly in the 2001 Sylvester Stallone action movie Driven as himself. He voiced a racing announcer in the European and Canadian French versions of animated film Cars 2. Villeneuve was one of several celebrity Canadians who carried the Olympic flag into Vancouver Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 21st Winter Olympic Games. He also carried the Olympic torch. key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap) key) key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
    1997 Hill was dropped by Williams for, making Villeneuve the team's lead driver.
    More Details Hide Details German Heinz-Harald Frentzen was brought in to replace Hill. Villeneuve once again challenged for the title, but instead of Hill, the Canadian found himself battling with then double World Champion Michael Schumacher. David Coulthard took the opening race in Australia but Villeneuve took the next two wins in Brazil and Argentina. Five more victories came that season at the Spanish, British, Hungarian, Austrian and Luxembourg Grand Prix. Villeneuve also claimed ten pole positions. His main rival Schumacher had five wins of his own to set up a showdown at the final race of the season. At Suzuka, Villeneuve started on pole but was placed at the back of the grid after ignoring yellow flags during Saturday practice. An appeal by Williams saw his position reinstated. However, Villeneuve finished 5th but was disqualified from the race leaving Schumacher leading the Drivers Championship by one point.
    1997 would be the last year in which Villeneuve would win a championship level race and finish the season in the top three.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1996
    Age 24
    1996 Villeneuve signed a two-year contract with Williams with an option year available to him as well.
    More Details Hide Details Villeneuve impressed during his debut race in Australia, taking pole position and almost won the race. But due to an oil leak Villeneuve was forced to slow down and allow team mate Damon Hill to pass and take victory at the opening round of the Championship, the Canadian however did manage to hold onto second place.
    Villeneuve was the last CART IndyCar World Series champion before the 1996 CART/IRL split created two rival series: The Indy Racing League (IRL) and the Champ Car World Series.
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    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.
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  • 1995
    Age 23
    Villeneuve started the 1995 campaign strongly, winning the first race on the streets of Miami.
    More Details Hide Details Along with the win in Miami came three other victories, the most significant of which came at Indianapolis for the Indy 500. Despite a mid-race two lap penalty, Villeneuve fought his way back up through the field. Running second with less than 10 laps to go, Villeneuve claimed the lead from fellow Canadian Scott Goodyear after Goodyear was penalized for having passed the pace-car before the restart. With Goodyear out of the picture Villeneuve went on to win the race by two seconds over Brazilian Christian Fittipaldi.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details To date, 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 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.
  • 1994
    Age 22
    His Forsythe-Green team took Villeneuve up a level into the IndyCar championship in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details In his first year, Villeneuve came second at that year's Indianapolis 500 and won his first race at Road America, the circuit where his uncle had become the first Canadian to win a CART race nine years before. Villeneuve finished the season in sixth position; 131 points behind champion Al Unser Jr. and also taking the Rookie of the Year award.
  • 1993
    Age 21
    During the 1993 season, Villeneuve took seven pole positions and five race victories from the 15 races.
    More Details Hide Details However, a few crucial driving errors cost the Canadian the series title and so finished his debut season third in the standings.
  • 1992
    Age 20
    In 1992, he raced in the Japanese Formula Three series with the TOM's team, winning three races and placing second in the championship, as well as third in the non-championship Macau Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details Villeneuve soon received an invitation from Craig Pollock to compete as a one-off in the Trois Rivières Formula Atlantic race, Villeneuve finished the race third and Pollock was impressed by Villeneuve, leading him to arrange for the Canadian to race in the North American Toyota Atlantic series for the upcoming season.
  • 1989
    Age 17
    Villeneuve competed in the Italian Formula Three series from 1989 through 1991, but failed to make an impression.
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  • 1987
    Age 15
    During the summer of 1987, Villeneuve attended a racing school set up by former instructor Richard Spenard.
    More Details Hide Details In return for helping in the garage, the Canadian received guidance in terms of race craft as he attempted to hone his skills. At the age of seventeen, Villeneuve was too young to obtain a racing license in both his native Canada and Italy and so, with help from the Canadian Automotive Federation, got a license from Andorra. In 1988, the seventeen-year-old entered the Alfa Cup and, against former Formula One drivers Johnny Cecotto and Mauro Baldi, finished the two legged race in tenth position. Two weeks later at Monza, Villeneuve was up against the likes of Riccardo Patrese and Nicola Larini.
  • 1984
    Age 12
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Joann, promised she would allow him to drive a kart if he got good marks in one of his weakest subjects, mathematics. Villeneuve applied himself at school and soon got the marks he required for his mother to fulfill her promise. A year later, Joann allowed him to drive a 100 cc kart at a kart track in Imola. The owners of the track, Luigi and Massimo Buratti, were impressed by the Canadian and after proving himself in a 100 cc machine, he moved up to the 135 cc version before, on the same day, being allowed onto the Grand Prix circuit with a Formula Four car. Soon, Villeneuve's uncle, Jacques Sr., enrolled him at the Jim Russell Racing Driver School in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. Villeneuve's course lasted three days and in that time the Canadian demonstrated a great amount of concentration for a boy of his age. At the end of his course, the young Canadian received his diploma and chief instructor Gilbert Pednault declared Villeneuve as the best student he'd ever seen.
  • 1982
    Age 10
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Villeneuve's first girlfriend was Sandrine Gros d'Aillon. They dated until the late 1990s. Villeneuve was also engaged to Australian singer Dannii Minogue in the late 1990s and was once engaged to American ballerina Ellen Green.
  • 1971
    Born on April 9, 1971.
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