Hall of Fame


GILLES VILLENEUVE

Gilles Villeneuve dominated the Canadian Formula Atlantic scene, and wiped the floor at an invitation race at Trois-Rivieres at the end of 1976. That led to a drive with McLaren in the 1977 British Grand Prix, where he stunned everyone by running on the pace of the leaders in a two-year-old car. Unfathomably, McLaren did not take up an option on his services, but Ferrari signed him to replace Lauda at the end of 1977.

Gilles stayed with Ferrari until the end of his career. He scored his first win, on home soil in Canada, in 1978, and won three grands prix in 1979. He had the equipment to win consistently in 1982. However, after having victory stolen from under his nose in the San Marino Grand Prix, Gilles was plunged into turmoil. Two weeks later, he crashed fatally during practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

 


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  • Name : Joseph Gilles Henri Villeneuve
  • Birthplace : St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada
  • Nationality : Canadian
  • Teams : McLaren, Ferrari
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  • F1 Records : 2 pole positions, 13 podiums, 6 wins