Gilles Villeneuve

Gilles Villeneuve was a Canadian F1 driver who raced in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship between 1977 and 1982. Whilst he won 6 Grands Prix and claimed 2 pole positions during his short career, it was his exuberant on-track antics and never-say-die attitude that made him a true F1 legend and firm favourite amongst motorsport fans across the world. In 1979 he finished runner-up behind his team-mate and friend Jody Scheckter in the Drivers World Championship with Ferrari. He was tragically killed in a violent accident during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder, two weeks after he fell out with team-mate Didier Pironi after he perceived Pironi reneged on a personal pre-race agreement at the 1982 San Marino Grand Prix. Villeneuve’s legions of fans were delighted when his son Jacques won the Formula 1 World Championship in 1997

Gilles Villeneuve's F1 Wins
Win NumberGrand PrixCircuitDateRoundNo.TeamChassisTyreGridWinning MarginRace TimeSpeedDistance
11978 Canadian Grand PrixCircuit Île Notre-Dame8 October 197816/1612Ferrari312T3Michelin313.3721:57:49.196160.414315.000
21979 South African Grand PrixKyalami Grand Prix Circuit3 March 19793/1512Ferrari312T4Michelin33.4201:41:49.960188.610320.112
31979 USA West Grand PrixLong Beach Street Circuit8 April 19794/1512Ferrari312T4Michelin129.3801:50:25.400142.200261.705
41979 USA East Grand PrixWatkins Glen International7 October 197915/1512Ferrari312T4Michelin348.7871:52:17.734171.332320.665
51981 Monaco Grand PrixCircuit de Monaco31 May 19816/1527Ferrari126CKMichelin239.9101:54:23.380132.030251.712
61981 Spanish Grand PrixCircuito Permanente del Jarama21 June 19817/1527Ferrari126CKMichelin70.2201:46:35.010149.160264.96

PROFILE

Nationality: Canadian

Date of Birth: 18/01/1950

Place of Birth: St-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Died: 08/05/1982

F1 Career Statistics

World Championship Titles: 0

Race Wins: 6

Pole Positions: 2

Front Row Starts: 8

Fastest Laps: 8

Podiums: 13

Points: 107

Grands Prix Entered: 68

Grands Prix Started: 67

DNQs: 0

Highest Race Finish: 1st

Highest Grid Position: 1st

16/07/1977

First F1 Event

09/05/1982

Last F1 Event

08/04/1979

First F1 Pole

08/04/1979

Last F1 Pole

08/10/1978

First F1 Win

21/06/1981

Last F1 Win

13/08/1978

First F1 Podium

25/04/1982

Last F1 Podium