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Jacques Villeneuve

Knowledge Identifier: +Jacques_Villeneuve


Jacques Villeneuve

Canadian automobile racing driver and amateur musician add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1971.

Countries: United States (15%), (13%), Canada (12%)

Main connections: Formula One, Sauber, Michael Schumacher

Linked to: Toyota, Formula One, Peugeot, Sauber




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Jacques Villeneuve was born in 1971 add something


In 1984, two years after his father's death, Jacques asked his mother if he could follow his father's footsteps and go motor racing add something


Jacques' uncle, Jacques Sr., was a racing driver and in 1985 at Road America became the first Canadian to win a CART race add something


During the summer of 1987, Villeneuve attended a racing school set up by former instructor Richard Spenard add something


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 add something


Villeneuve competed in the Italian Formula Three series from 1989 through 1991, but failed to make an impression add something


Villeneuve was engaged to Australian singer Dannii Minogue in the late 1990s and was once engaged to American ballerina Ellen Green add something


Pneumatic valve springs - Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve each won a Driver's championship in the 1990s with Renault engines


This was his first drive in a sportscar since working with Toyota in 1992 add something


Mecachrome - Renault engines powered Williams and Benetton to six consecutive Constructors' World Championships between 1992 and 1997, and five Drivers' titles with Nigel Mansell , Alain Prost , Michael Schumacher , Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve


During the 1993 season, Villeneuve took seven pole positions and five race victories from the 15 races add something


His Forsythe-Green team took Villeneuve up a level into the IndyCar championship in 1994 add something


Michael Schumacher - His career has not been without controversy, including being twice involved in collisions in the final race of a season that determined the outcome of the world championship, with Damon Hill in 1994 in Adelaide, and with Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 in Jerez


He was named Canada's "Athlete of the Year", receiving the Lou Marsh Trophy in 1995 and 1997 add something


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 add something


Audi RS 2 Avant - In a road test conducted in 1995, British car magazine "Autocar" timed the RS2 from 0 to at just 1,5 seconds, which they confirmed was faster than both the McLaren F1 road car, and Jacques Villeneuve's Formula One car of that time


Adrian Newey - Loss of both drivers' and constructors' titles to Benetton in 1995 saw further distance put between Newey and Williams, and by the time Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve secured both titles in 1996 Newey had been placed on "gardening leave" prior to joining McLaren


Williams signed him to his Formula One team for 1996 and Villeneuve began testing the Williams F1 car in 1995 after the IndyCar season add something


In 1997, following his win of the Formula One World Championship, Villeneuve appeared in a Volkswagen advert on Quebec television add something


In the race, the two collided, resulting in Schumacher's retirement and subsequent disqualification from the 1997 World Championship, with Villeneuve going on to take third place in the race, and the overall title add something


The last year in which Villeneuve would win a championship level race and finish the season in the top three was 1997 add something


Villeneuve appeared in a Canadian commercial alongside Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter and countryman Donovan Bailey shortly after winning his 1997 F1 World Driver's title add something


Jenson Button - In July, Button signed a two-year contract with a two-year option for British American Racing, partnering 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve


Robert Doornbos - It was 1997 Formula One Champion Jacques Villeneuve who suggested that he should go for a series such as Formula Ford, as he was too big and too old to race karts


Michael Schumacher - Schumacher was disqualified from the 1997 WDC due to dangerous driving in the European Grand Prix, where he caused an avoidable accident with Jacques Villeneuve


In 1998, he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec add something


Renault had pulled out of Formula One for 1998 and Villeneuve's Williams team had to fare with less competitive Mecachrome engines add something


Larry Walker - In 1998, Walker won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canadian athlete of the year after finishing runner-up the previous year to Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve


Fittipaldi Automotive - Like fellow world champion Jacques Villeneuve's five-year stint with the BAR team set up for him with BAT money in 1998, the partnership ended the front running Formula One career of a young and highly competitive driver, although he would later build a very successful career in top level American single seater racing in the CART series


Despite the lack of a competitive car in 1999, the Canadian remained loyal to Pollock's team as did Zonta add something


In 1999, Villeneuve joined the newly-founded British American Racing team, co-founded and partly owned by Villeneuve's personal manager, Craig Pollock, and by Adrian Reynard add something


Villeneuve moved to the newly formed British American Racing team in 1999 and stayed there for the next four seasons but, following poor results he was replaced by former British Formula Three Champion Takuma Sato add something


Canadian Grand Prix - In 1999, Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve all crashed into the same wall which had the slogan "Bienvenue au Québec" on it


Dannii Minogue - In October 1999, Minogue became engaged to French Canadian Formula One driver Jacques Villeneuve, but their relationship ended in 2001


Villeneuve appeared briefly in the 2001 Sylvester Stallone action movie "Driven" as a race car driver add something


Zonta left BAR in 2001 to join Jordan as a test driver add something


Juan Pablo Montoya - Both Tiago Monteiro and Antônio Pizzonia collided with him, as had Jos Verstappen in 2001, and Jacques Villeneuve forced him off the track in one of the final races of the year


Australian Grand Prix - The 2001 event, won by Michael Schumacher, was marked by tragedy when 52-year-old volunteer marshal Graham Beveridge was killed after a high-speed accident involving Ralf Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve on lap five


Pollock was sacked from his post as team manager in 2002 and was replaced by Prodrive boss David Richards add something


The Canadian was joined by Jenson Button from Renault in 2003 as Panis was offered a drive at the Toyota which the Frenchman took add something


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 add something


After a short run with Renault at the end of 2004, Villeneuve moved to the Sauber team for the 2005 season where he was outscored by his less experienced teammate Felipe Massa add something


With no contract for 2004, Villeneuve was forced to take a sabbatical, but maintained that he wanted to return to the sport add something


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 add something


Toyota Racing - It was late during the 2004 season, and Trulli was dropped from Renault's race line-up despite matching his team-mate Fernando Alonso, and replaced by Jacques Villeneuve


After much uncertainty, in late 2005 BMW confirmed that Villeneuve would race for BMW Sauber in 2006 add something


Just before his 3-race Renault comeback, Villeneuve signed a two-year contract to drive for Sauber, starting in 2005 add something


Fernando Alonso - Trulli's relationship with the team deteriorated to the extent that he signed for Toyota from 2005 onwards, and he was replaced for the final three races of the season by former world champion Jacques Villeneuve


Massa was later drafted into Ferrari to support Michael Schumacher's 2006 campaign add something


In March 2006, when driving for BMW Sauber, he appeared in television campaign for Intel's Centrino laptop campaign, in which he touts the benefits of using Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology add something


He married his Parisienne girlfriend Johanna Martinez on May 29, 2006, at a civil ceremony in Switzerland add something


Johanna gave birth to a son, Jules, on November 14, 2006 add something


Sauber - For the 2006 season the team signed Nick Heidfeld from Williams to be their lead driver, while 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve had his existing Sauber contract confirmed


BMW in Formula One - For the 2006 season, BMW Sauber signed Nick Heidfeld from Williams to be the lead driver, while World Champion Jacques Villeneuve had his existing two-year contract with Sauber honoured


Robert Kubica - In August 2006, Kubica's teammate, Jacques Villeneuve, complained about headaches after his accident during the ; he was deemed unfit to race by the team, against his own belief, and Kubica was chosen by the team management to replace him at the


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 add something


On February 19, 2007, Villeneuve released his first album entitled "Private Paradise" add something


Their second son Jonas was born on December 23, 2007 add something


On December 31, 2007, "Infoman 2007", a satirical end-of-year review on Radio-Canada, announced that he had sold only 836 CDs in North America add something


Peugeot 908 HDi FAP - On January 10, 2007 at the 908's first public test at the Paul Ricard HTTT, Peugeot confirmed that the drivers of the 908 would be Stéphane Sarrazin, Nicolas Minassian, Marc Gené, and Pedro Lamy for the Le Mans Series, while Jacques Villeneuve and Sébastien Bourdais would be added for the 24 Hours of Le Mans


After racing both NASCAR Sprint Cup and Speedcar Series, Villeneuve was invited by the Top Race V6 chairman Alejandro Urtubey to join the series in its major event of the 2008 season, called "La Carrera del Año" , held at the Buenos Aires circuit add something


In the 2008 race, Villeneuve and his Nº 7 Peugeot team finished 2nd add something


Villeneuve joined the Speedcar Series for the remainder of the 2008 season add something


Sauber - Amongst other notable Sauber drivers were Jean Alesi, 2008 Formula One championship runner-up Felipe Massa, Johnny Herbert and 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, who raced for the team in its final season


Craig Pollock - Craig Pollock managed Jacques Villeneuve through the end of his Formula One career, and he made an application to motorsport governing body the FIA to enter a Formula One team for 2008


His best start was fifth and his best finish was fourth, both in the August, 2009 event at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres add something


In 2009 Villeneuve had two starts Canadian Tires Series add something


Villeneuve had two starts in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series, both for Braun Racing, with his best performance starting 6th and finishing 4th at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, again under wet conditions and the second time rain tires were used in a NASCAR event add something


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. add something


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 add something


Villeneuve stated he was still looking for further opportunities in Formula One in 2010 and 2011 add something


Villeneuve was close to signing with Stefan GP for the 2010 Formula One season, and undertook a seat fitting, but the FIA did not certify Stefan GP for competition in 2010 add something


In the middle of July 2010, reports from the German media emerged revealing that Villeneuve was putting together an entry bid to join the 2011 Formula One grid with his own team under the name "Villeneuve Racing" add something


For 2011 Villeneuve agreed to take over for Brad Keselowski in the number 22 car for Penske Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for two races which Keselowski could not attend add something


Max Papis - In 2011 at Road America he had a good car, but he was spun out by Jacques Villeneuve with two laps left


James Hinchcliffe - For the 2012 season, Hinchcliffe replaced Danica Patrick as driver of the Andretti Autosport GoDaddy car, renumbered to No. 27, the same used by Canadian drivers Gilles Villeneuve and Jacques Villeneuve


Justin Allgaier - In 2012 Allgaier passed Jacques Villeneuve on the final lap to win the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal


Villeneuve will make his return to the Cup series in 2013 in the 51 car for Phoenix Racing at Sonoma Raceway add something


In 2014 it was announced that Villeneuve will be taking part in the FIA World Rallycross Championship with Albatec Racing in a Peugeot 208 add something


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 add something


In 2015 it was announced that Villeneuve will be taking part in the FIA Formula E Championship with Venturi Grand Prix alongside Stéphane Sarrazin add something


In 2016, Villeneuve returned to NASCAR, driving the No. 27 Ford for Wing Nut Racing in the Xfinity Series starting with the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona add something


In January 2016, 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 add something


Villeneuve made a return to & NASCAR in 2019 after he signed a contract with Go Fas Racing to compete full-time in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series for the 2019 season add something


Go FAS Racing - After scoring 2 wins and a pole in Go Fas' first season in the Euro Series, it was announced they would be coming back with Jacques Villeneuve behind the wheel of the No. 32 Elite 1, while Florian Venturi stays as the team's Elite 2 driver for 2019