Jacques Villeneuve

Formula One World Champion, IndyCar Series Champion

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve won the 1997 Formula One World Championship for the Williams-Renault team, a remarkable feat given that he achieved it in only his second full season of Formula One motor racing. Winning the ultimate prize in motor racing came after winning the Indy Car series in the United States in 1995, during which he also won the world-famous Indianapolis 500. He is one of only three drivers ever to achieve this ‘triple’, and his Formula One career continued until 2006, since when he has competed in a wide range of motor sports series. He is further renowned as the son of Gilles Villeneuve, often regarded as one of the most exciting drivers ever to drive for Ferrari’s Formula One team, and whose career was ended by a tragic accident during the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix.