Formula One Driver’s World Champion, Indianapolis 500 winner, and PPG Indy Car World Series Champion
Jacques Villeneuve is a Formula One world champion, Indy 500 winner, and Indy Car Series Champion. A Canadian by birth, he won the 1997 Formula One World Championship for the Williams-Renault team. What makes this achievement so remarkable, is that he did so in his second season of Formula 1 racing, beating Michael Schumacher, his arch-rival. His first Formula One season, in 1996, saw him finish second in the World Championship. In the competitive world of motorsport, this was an astonishing feat in itself.
Before his participation on the Formula One circuit, Jacques Villeneuve made his name in the Indy Car Series in the USA. He finished in first place in 1995, while also winning the world-famous Indianapolis 500. He is only one of three drivers to ever achieve this triple win. The other two are Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi.
Regarding his Formula One career, Jacques Villeneuve participated until 2006. He spent six years of this time driving for BAR-Honda, a team he co-founded and of which he was a part owner. Although considered officially retired from Formula One racing, he still competes in a wide range of motorsports events and remains fully active in Formula One as a commentator for both French and Italian television.
The love for motorsport runs in Jacques’ family, however. He is the son of Gilles Villeneuve who is regarded by many as one of the most exciting drivers to ever drive for the Ferrari Formula One team. His father’s career ended in 1982 when he died in a tragic accident during the Belgian Grand Prix. This event makes the many achievements of Jacques Villeneuve all the more extraordinary. His career could be regarded as an enhancement of his family name in the world of motor racing.
As a speaker, Jacques Villeneuve draws on his abundance of career anecdotes, making for interesting, inciteful talks. His charismatic, dynamic speaking style allows him to engage even the largest of audiences, leaving them feeling empowered to make changes to their working style. He lives in Canada and speaks French, English, and Italian.