Born into a racing dynasty, Jacques Villeneuve was always destined to follow in the footsteps of his father Gilles and uncle Jacques Sr. A native of Quebec, Villeneuve was brought up in the principality of Monaco. Aged 11, tragedy struck when his father was killed in 1982 at the wheel of his Formula 1® Ferrari.
Despite losing his father at such an early age, Jacques Jr. was determined to follow in his father’s footsteps.
At 15, he enrolled at the Jim Russell Racing Driver’s School in Quebec, the same school his late father had attended. Under the tutelage of his uncle Jacques Villeneuve Sr., the young Canadian began to learn his craft, with obvious signs his talent and potential would carry him to the highest echelons of racing.
Jacques’ career began by spending three years racing in Italian Formula Three, before he took the bold step to move to the TOM’s team to compete in the Japanese Formula Three Championship. Here, he won three races, finishing an impressive second overall in the championship - ensuring an impressive debut year in the series.
1993 saw him move to the USA to contest the Formula Atlantic Championship with Team Forsythe-Green, where in his debut year, the talented Canadian achieved third place in the overall standings.
By 1994, the Canadian had graduated to the Indy Car World Series, and the following year became front page news with a thrilling victory in the 79th running of the Indianapolis 500.
In 1996, Formula 1® came calling, and Jacques ventured across the pond after signing to drive for British team Rothmans Williams Renault. Taking pole position in his first ever Grand Prix, Jacques was only denied winning his debut race after an oil leak cost him the victory. However, he went on to win four races that year, and finished runner-up in the Driver’s Championship.
1997 saw Jacques take the coveted Formula 1® World Title – after a dominant year where he achieved 10 pole positions and seven race wins. Villeneuve left the British outfit to join British American Racing (BAR). Spending five years with the team, a series of technical difficulties and stiff competition saw Jacques’ highest finish was seventh in 2000. He remained in F1® for three more years racing for Renault, Sauber and BMW, before making the decision to step away from Formula One and pursue other projects.
Since his departure from Formula 1®, Jacques has remained extremely busy; competing in NASCAR, Le Mans Series, Speedcar, TRV6, notably finishing as runner-up in the 2008 Le Mans 24-Hour Race, as well as venturing into the music industry.
Meet Jacques Villeneuve
Jacques Villeneuve is a modern-day giant of Formula 1®. A veteran of 11 F1® seasons, he is part of an elite group that can call themselves a Formula 1® World Champion, and the only Canadian ever to do so. Meet this racing legend at this year’s Montreal Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with access through F1® Experiences, Formula 1’s® Official Ticket & Travel Package Provider.
By choosing an Official Ticket Package, race fans will enjoy a Paddock Club Party with dinner, cocktails, entertainment, including a meet-and-greet more with the former Williams driver.
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