Jacques Joseph Charles Villeneuve (Jean-sur-Richelieu, 9 April 1971) is a Canadian racing driver, Formula 1 World Champion in 1997 and winner of Indianopolis 500 and CART Champion in 1995.
At the top of motoracing he showed his great talents and Frank Williams compare him to Australian Champion Alan Jones for his inflexibility on race and for fearless in the face of rivals. His nonconformist and frank attitude had a great impact in Formula 1 from the second half of 90’s.
The name Villeneuve brings back lots of memories for fans of Formula 1, owing to the fact that the driver’s father, Gilles Villeneuve, died very young in an accident in 1982 during the Belgian Grand Prix while at the peak of his career.
- In 1997 the young driver was in the FW19 car of the English team Williams; it was a competent car, but it had to compete with an outstanding Ferrari driven by the great Michael Schumacher the two-time reigning champion. Nevertheless, the Canadian drove brilliantly all season and deservedly won the world championship, dethroning the German champion, who had to “settle” for a second place in the driver standings.
(Source: Wikipedia; Formula1.com)