birth : 9 April 1971
Birthplace : St Jean sur Richelieu
Marital status : Single
Height : 168 cm
Weight : 67 kg
Wins : 11
Points scored : 213
Number of GP : 116
Pole Position : 13
Podiums : 23
First GP : 1996 (Melbourne)
Best result : 1
P R O F I L E
Son of the late
race legend, Gilles Villeneuve, the ex world champion
entered formula1 with a bang in 1996 as reigning
American IndyCar champ.
One of the few old school 'characters' in formula1, if
he wasn't talking about how he wanted to drive much,
much faster he was shocking the paddock with the
ever-changing colour of his hair.
The French Canadian came second in his first Grand Prix
in 1996, and finished the season as runner-up in the
drivers' championship behind Williams' team mate, Damon
The following year he won the championship for himself,
after a mighty tussle with Michael Schumacher, which saw
the German stripped of his points because of a collision
in the last race of the season at Jerez that the FIA
Rule changes at the start of 1998 saw Williams off the
pace, and the season peaked with a couple of
back-to-back 3rd places in Germany and Hungary. This
prompted a dissatisfied Villeneuve to move to British
American Racing in 1999, a team set-up by his close
friend and manager, Craig Pollock.
1999 was not kind to Villeneuve. He endured a difficult
year with the BAR team, and suffered eleven consecutive
retirements. When he did finish it was never in the
points and so, for the first time in his formula1
career, he did not register on the championship board.
However, the media still flocked around him for two
reasons: his dramatic crash during qualifying for the
1999 Belgian Grand Prix, which he typically laughed off,
and his relationship with Australian pop star and
actress, Dannii Minogue. Despite rumours that they were
to marry on New Year's Eve 1999 the ceremony never took
place, and the relationship broke down the following
2000 proved to be an improvement for BAR, and Villeneuve
finished seventh with seventeen points in the drivers'
standings. The team had solved the reliability problems
experienced the year before and so Villeneuve was often
in the position to pick up points from races, if not
fast enough to challenge for a place on the podium.
Benetton attempted to woo him away from the Brackley-based
team with a very lucrative contract for 2001, but he
eventually decided to stay with the outfit.
Partnered with old time friend, Olivier Panis for the 2001 championship, Jacques finally made it to the podium however wins were still far from coming. Toward the end of the year there were complaints that the car just wasn't up to scratch and the Canadian finished out the year hoping for better performances in 2002. However, on the eve of launching the new BAR004, long time friend and mentor, Craig Pollock stepped down from the outfit, leaving Jacques questioning his future with the Brackley based squad. Only four points were forthcoming in 2002 and although there were many rumours he was to follow Pollock's path and leave the Brackley based squad, Jacques remains for 2003 on what will be the last year of his contract alongside Jenson Button.
C A R E E
R H I G H L I G H T S
12th with 4 Points
with BAR and finishes seventh in the drivers'
championship once again, this time with 12 points.
He also takes to the podium to receive the third
place trophy twice, in Spain and Germany.
with BAR. Villeneuve finishes 7th with 17 points
in the drivers' championship. He is more satisfied
with the car's performance but still wants
assurance that he will be able to challenge for
year with BAR. Reliability problems see him finish
few races. No points scored.
with Williams. 5th in the table behind only the
Mclaren and Ferrari men, he was effectively
"best of the rest". Two podium
appearances, in Germany and Hungary.
World Championship with Williams. Secures victory
in seven of the seventeen races.
Formula1 debut in Australia with Williams,
finishing second. Claims his first victory at the
European Grand Prix. Finishes runner-up to team
mate Damon Hill, closing the gap significantly at
the back end of the season.
winning four races, including the Indianapolis
500, he becomes the youngest ever winner of the
PPG IndyCar World Championship. Williams announce
that he'll partner Damon Hill for the 1996 Formula
One World Championship.
IndyCar 'Rookie of the Year'. Finishes sixth
overall with 94 points.
in the Toyota Atlantic Championship, finishing
to Japan to compete in the Japanese Formula Three
Championship, finishing second overall.
a Ralt-Alfa Romeo RT35 and finishes sixth in the
Italian Formula Three Championship.
in the Italian Formula Three Championship for the
second time, finishing 14th.
his Italian Formula Three debut.