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3.24 Jacques Villeneuve




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This article is from the Formula One Motor Racing FAQ, by mitchmcc@ultranet.com (Mitchell McCann) with numerous contributions by others.

3.24 Jacques Villeneuve

Nationality: Canadian
Age - DOB: 25 - April 9th, 1971
Born: St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada
Resident: Monaco
Current team: Williams
Former team(s): Indycar - Team Green

Jacques Villeneuve, son of legendary F1 driver Gilles
Villeneuve, is the talk of the F1 world this year as he attempts
to become the first successful Indycar transplant since Mario
Andretti. His meteoric rise through motor racing's ranks
culminated last year when he became the youngest ever, and first
Canadian, PPG Indycar champion.

His career began in Italian Group N Saloons in 1988. He quickly
moved on to F3 in Italy in 1989 where he stayed for three
seasons. In 1992 he moved to Japanese F3 and finished the season
in 2nd place. In '93 he moved to the American Toyota Atlantic
Championship and had a very impressive season being named Rookie
of the Year. In 15 races he had seven poles and five wins and
finished third in the championship. Villeneuve moved with Team
Green to Indycar in '94. He finished the season with a win, 2nd
at the Indianapolis 500 and 6th place in the championship
earning him Rookie of the Year honors. He fulfilled his
potential in 95 winning the championship with four wins
including the Indianapolis 500.

In his F1 debut he took pole and was only prevented from winning
when a slight off caused an oil leak and he had to slow and allow
team-mate Hill to pass him for the win. He went onto win four
races and took the championship all the way to the last race
although a poor start had almost guaranteed Hill the championship
before a lost wheel took him out of the race altogether. He stays
with Williams for the 97 season and is the clear favourite to win
the championship.

Jacques is single.

 

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