Jacques Villeneuve

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Jacques Villeneuve
OQ
Jacques Villeneuve at Mont-Tremblant 2010 01.jpg
Villeneuve in 2010
NationalityCanada Canadian
BornJacques Joseph Charles Villeneuve
(1971-04-09) April 9, 1971 (age 47)
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada
Related toGilles Villeneuve (father)
Jacques Villeneuve Sr. (uncle)
Championship titles
1995 Indianapolis 500 Winner
1995 CART PPG Indy Car World Series Champion
1997 Formula One World Champion
Awards
1994 PPG Indy Car World Series Rookie of the Year
1994 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
IndyCar Series career
1 race run over 1 year
First race2014 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0
Champ Car career
33 races run over 2 years
Years active1994–1995
Best finish1st (1995)
First race1994 Australian FAI Indycar Grand Prix (Surfers Paradise)
Last race1995 Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey (Laguna Seca)
First win1994 Texaco/Havoline 200 (Road America)
Last win1995 Budweiser Grand Prix of Cleveland (Cleveland)
Wins Podiums Poles
5 10 6
Statistics current as of December 12, 2015.
Formula One World Championship career
Active years19962006
TeamsWilliams, BAR, Renault, Sauber, BMW Sauber
Entries165 (163 starts)
Championships1 (1997)
Wins11
Podiums23
Career points235
Pole positions13
Fastest laps9
First entry1996 Australian Grand Prix
First win1996 European Grand Prix
Last win1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix
Last entry2006 German Grand Prix
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
4 races run over 3 years
2013 position51st
Best finish51st (2013)
First race2007 UAW-Ford 500 (Talladega)
Last race2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
9 races run over 5 years
Best finish49th (2012)
First race2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)
Last race2012 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 6 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
7 races run over 1 year
Best finish42nd (2007)
First race2007 Smith's Las Vegas 350 (Las Vegas)
Last race2007 Ford 200 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Pinty's Series career
3 races run over 2 years
Car no., teamNo. 24 (Erb Racing)
2013 position43rd
Best finish33rd (2009)
First race2009 Tide 250 (St. Eustache)
Last race2013 JuliaWine.com 100 (Trois-Rivieres)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years20072008
TeamsPeugeot
Best finish2nd (2008)
Class wins0
Formula E career
Debut season2015–16
Current teamVenturi Grand Prix
Car no.12
Starts2
Wins0
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Best finish19th in 2015–16
Finished last season19th

Jacques Joseph Charles Villeneuve, OQ (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑk vilnœv]; born April 9, 1971), is a Canadian professional auto racing driver and amateur musician. He is the son of Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve, and is the namesake of his uncle, who was also a racer. 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. As of 2018, no other Canadian has won the Indianapolis 500 or the Formula One Drivers' title.

Following two successful years in CART, Villeneuve moved into Formula One with the front-running Williams team, alongside Damon Hill. In his debut season, Villeneuve challenged teammate Hill for the title, winning four races and taking the fight to the final round in Japan, where Villeneuve retired and Hill won the race, and the title. Villeneuve, however, did win the following year's title, this time challenging Michael Schumacher and once again taking it to the final round in Jerez, where Schumacher retired after the two collided. 1997 would be the last year in which Villeneuve would win a championship level race and finish the season in the top three. For 1998, Villeneuve's Williams team had to fare with less competitive Mecachrome engines, and Villeneuve moved to the newly formed British American Racing team in 1999. He stayed there for the next four seasons but, following poor results he was replaced by former British Formula Three Champion Takuma Sato. Villeneuve also drove for Renault at the end of 2004, and Sauber in the 2005 season and eleven races of the 2006 season before suffering an injury in Germany. Villeneuve was replaced by Robert Kubica and soon BMW and Villeneuve parted company.

Outside Formula One, Villeneuve has taken on several new careers: in sportscar racing, racing for Peugeot in the 2007 and 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans, jumping to NASCAR in August 2007 and racing as an invited driver in the Argentinian Top Race V6 series and the Australian-based International V8 Supercars Championship. As a musician, he has released an album titled Private Paradise.

Villeneuve was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 1998.

Personal and early life[edit]

Villeneuve was born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, to aspiring Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve and his wife Joann and raised in Monaco.[1] He has a sister Melanie and a half sister Jessica. His uncle, Jacques Sr., was also a racing driver and in 1985 at Road America became the first Canadian to win a CART race. When Villeneuve was eleven years old, his father was killed during the qualifying session for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder following a collision with Jochen Mass.

Villeneuve was engaged to Australian singer Dannii Minogue in the late 1990s and was once engaged to American ballerina Ellen Green. He married his Parisienne girlfriend Johanna Martinez on May 29, 2006, at a civil ceremony in Switzerland. After the ceremony, it was announced the Villeneuves were expecting a baby in November. Johanna gave birth to a son, Jules, on November 14, 2006. Their second son Joakim[2] was born on December 23, 2007. The couple divorced in July 2009.[3] In June 2012, Villeneuve married Camila Lopes,[4] with whom he has had two more sons, Benjamin and Henri.[5]

Villeneuve was among the first group inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.[6] Also he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. He was named Canada's Athlete of the Year, receiving the Lou Marsh Trophy in 1995 and 1997.[7] In 1998, he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec.[8]

From 1996 to 2002 he lived in Monaco, and from 2002 to 2007 he lived in Switzerland. In 2007 he moved to Quebec, buying a $3 million house in Westmount, Montreal, with his mother acting as real estate agent.[9] Villeneuve owned a nightclub and restaurant in Montreal called Newtown, but he sold it in 2009.[10] In 2012 he moved to Andorra, stating that he was leaving Quebec because of the province's language laws, business climate and the general "morose ambiance."[11] Villeneuve and family are currently living in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 1984, two years after his father's death, Villeneuve asked his mother if he could follow his father's footsteps and go motor racing.[12] His mother, Joann, promised she would allow him to drive a kart if he got good marks in one of his weakest subjects, mathematics. Villeneuve applied himself at school and soon got the marks he required for his mother to fulfill her promise.[12] A year later, Joann allowed him to drive a 100 cc kart at a kart track in Imola.[12] The owners of the track, Luigi and Massimo Buratti, were impressed by him and after proving himself in a 100 cc machine, he moved up to the 135 cc version before, on the same day, being allowed onto the Grand Prix circuit with a Formula Four car.[12]

Soon, Villeneuve's uncle, Jacques Sr., enrolled him at the Jim Russell Racing Driver School in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. Villeneuve's course lasted three days and in that time he demonstrated a great amount of concentration for a boy of his age.[12] At the end of his course, the young Canadian received his diploma and chief instructor Gilbert Pednault declared Villeneuve as the best student he'd ever seen.[12] During the summer of 1987, Villeneuve attended a racing school set up by former instructor Richard Spenard. In return for helping in the garage, Villeneuve received guidance in terms of race craft as he attempted to hone his skills.[12] At the age of seventeen, Villeneuve was too young to obtain a racing license in both his native Canada and Italy and so, with help from the Canadian Automotive Federation, got a license from Andorra.[12]

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.[13] Two weeks later at Monza, Villeneuve was up against the likes of Riccardo Patrese and Nicola Larini.[13]

Villeneuve competed in the Italian Formula Three series from 1989 through 1991, but failed to make an impression.[1]

In 1992, he raced in the Japanese Formula Three series with the TOM's team, winning three races and placing second in the championship, as well as third in the non-championship Macau Grand Prix.

Villeneuve soon received an invitation from Craig Pollock to compete as a one-off in the Trois Rivières Formula Atlantic race, Villeneuve finished the race third and Pollock was impressed by Villeneuve, leading him to arrange for him to race in the North American Toyota Atlantic series for the upcoming season.[1]

During the 1993 season, Villeneuve took seven pole positions and five race victories from the 15 races.[1] However, a few crucial driving errors cost him the series title and so finished his debut season third in the standings.[1]

CART IndyCar World Series[edit]

Villeneuve's 1995 Indianapolis 500-winning car.

His Forsythe-Green team took Villeneuve up a level into the IndyCar championship in 1994. In his first year, Villeneuve came second at that year's Indianapolis 500 and won his first race at Road America, the circuit where his uncle had become the first Canadian to win a CART race nine years before. Villeneuve finished the season in sixth position; 131 points behind champion Al Unser Jr. and also taking the Rookie of the Year award.

Villeneuve started the 1995 campaign strongly, winning the first race on the streets of Miami. Along with the win in Miami came three other victories, the most significant of which came at Indianapolis for the Indy 500. Despite a mid-race two lap penalty, Villeneuve fought his way back up through the field. Running second with less than 10 laps to go, Villeneuve claimed the lead from fellow Canadian Scott Goodyear after Goodyear was penalized for having passed the pace-car before the restart. With Goodyear out of the picture Villeneuve went on to win the race by two seconds over Brazilian Christian Fittipaldi.

His performances, as well as his family name, brought him to the attention of Frank Williams, Managerial Director of the Williams Grand Prix team. Williams signed him to his Formula One team for 1996 and Villeneuve began testing the Williams F1 car in 1995 after the IndyCar season. Villeneuve was the last CART IndyCar World Series champion before the 1996 CART/IRL split created two rival series: The Indy Racing League (IRL) and the Champ Car World Series.[14]

Formula One[edit]

Williams[edit]

Villeneuve driving for the Williams Formula One team at the 1996 Canadian Grand Prix.
1996

Villeneuve signed a two-year contract with Williams with an option year available to him as well.[1] Villeneuve impressed during his debut race in Australia, taking pole position and almost won the race. But due to an oil leak Villeneuve was forced to slow down and allow teammate Damon Hill to pass and take victory at the opening round of the Championship, the Canadian however did manage to hold onto second place. It would be another 11 years before another driver finished on the podium on his debut which was Lewis Hamilton during the 2007 Australian Grand Prix.

Villeneuve won his first Formula One race at the fourth round at the Nürburgring despite coming under pressure from the Ferrari of Michael Schumacher. Villeneuve won a further three races and managed to take the title to the final round at Suzuka. The Canadian and teammate Hill were the only drivers who could win the title, but with a gap of nine points between himself and Hill prior to the final race his chances of winning the title were slim. In the end, Hill won the race while Villeneuve retired on the 37th lap after his right-rear wheel came off.

Having won 4 races in his debut season, Villeneuve took the record for most wins in his first championship season. He also became the first driver in Formula One history to finish second in his first championship season. Both records were later equaled by Lewis Hamilton in 2007.

1997

Hill was dropped by Williams for 1997, making Villeneuve the team's lead driver. German Heinz-Harald Frentzen was brought in to replace Hill. Villeneuve once again challenged for the title, but instead of Hill, the Canadian found himself battling with then double World Champion Michael Schumacher.

David Coulthard took the opening race in Australia but Villeneuve took the next two wins in Brazil and Argentina. Five more victories came that season at the Spanish, British, Hungarian, Austrian and Luxembourg Grand Prix. Villeneuve also claimed ten pole positions. His main rival Schumacher had five wins of his own to set up a showdown at the final race of the season.

At Suzuka, Villeneuve started on pole but was placed at the back of the grid after ignoring yellow flags during Saturday practice. An appeal by Williams saw his position reinstated. However, Villeneuve finished 5th but was disqualified from the race leaving Schumacher leading the Drivers' Championship by one point.[15]

The title was decided at the final round in Jerez. Villeneuve came out on top and won the World Championship in only his second season, but the race was remembered for a collision between himself and title rival Schumacher. As Villeneuve passed Schumacher at the Dry Sac corner during the 48th lap, the German turned into the Canadian's car; leaving Villeneuve with a damaged sidepod. Villeneuve recovered however and took third place and the title while Schumacher retired and was disqualified from the Championship.[16]

Villeneuve driving for Williams at the 1998 Italian Grand Prix.
1998

Villeneuve's career went into sharp decline following his World Championship title. Remaining with Williams in 1998 (and becoming the first Williams driver since Keke Rosberg in 1982 to stay with the team for his title defense), he struggled with an underpowered Mecachrome engine which were basically rebadged Renault V10 engines from the previous season that despite some development had been overtaken in power by both Ferrari and the Mercedes-Benz powered McLarens. He failed to win a single race (like Hill the previous season), although he did finish on the podium twice in Germany and Hungary. Villeneuve finished fifth in the Drivers' Championship with 21 points, 79 points behind Champion Mika Häkkinen in the McLaren-Mercedes.

British American Racing[edit]

Villeneuve driving for BAR in the team's first season, at the 1999 Canadian Grand Prix.
1999

In 1999, Villeneuve joined the newly founded British American Racing (BAR) team, co-founded and partly owned by Villeneuve's personal manager, Craig Pollock, and by Adrian Reynard. Joining him as his teammate was Brazilian Ricardo Zonta. There was a lot of media hype about the new squad, but despite the high expectations, BAR had a poor season, retiring from the first eleven races of the season -an unfortunate record- and not scoring a single Championship point. At times the car showed a promising pace, Villeneuve running in third place at Barcelona, but often, technical problems ruined his chances. Villeneuve suffered a high speed crash during practice at the Belgian Grand Prix at the Eau Rouge corner, from which he emerged unharmed.[17]

2000

Despite the lack of a competitive car in 1999, the Canadian remained loyal to Pollock's team as did Zonta. The Supertec engines of the previous season were replaced by Honda engines and the new BAR-Honda package proved to be more competitive with Villeneuve finishing in the points on seven different occasions and almost secured a podium finish at the United States Grand Prix.

2001
Villeneuve driving for BAR at the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix.

Zonta left BAR in 2001 to join Jordan as a test driver. The Brazilian was replaced by experienced Frenchman Olivier Panis. Villeneuve was involved in a crash at the Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the season, when he hit the back of Ralf Schumacher's Williams. A track marshal was killed when a stray tyre hit him in the chest.[18] Villeneuve scored five points less than the previous season, but finished on the podium twice in Spain and Germany. The latter was the final podium finish of his Grand Prix career.

Villeneuve in 2002.
2002

Pollock was sacked from his post as team manager in 2002 and was replaced by Prodrive boss David Richards. Along with Pollock, Richards sacked Technical Director Malcolm Oastler and fifty members of staff at BAR.[19] The Englishman soon began to debate over Villeneuve's £15 million annual salary.[19] From this point on, Villeneuve felt less comfortable at the team. The BAR 004 proved to be a much less competitive car than the teams' previous two, with neither Villeneuve or Panis scoring points consistently with only seven points scored between them, Villeneuve scoring four points to Panis's three.

2003
Villeneuve driving for BAR at the 2003 United States Grand Prix. Villeneuve retired from the race ten laps from the finish with an engine problem.

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. Instead, he decided that he would see out his present deal in the hope of landing a role at another Grand Prix team the following year. The Canadian was joined by Jenson Button from Renault in 2003 as Panis was offered a drive at the Toyota which the Frenchman took.[20] Button would prove to become the second of Villeneuve's teammates to outscore him in the Drivers' Championship as, unlike the Canadian, the Briton was able to score consistently with the BAR 005, finishing in the points every two races on average.

Villeneuve was criticized by the media for being outpaced by his inexperienced teammate and before the final round in Japan, the Canadian was replaced by former British Formula 3 Champion Takuma Sato.[21]

Renault[edit]

With no contract for 2004, Villeneuve was forced to take a sabbatical, but maintained that he wanted to return to the sport. He continued training and made a special appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed driving his late father's Ferrari. In September, Villeneuve returned to Formula One, driving the final three Grands Prix of the season for the French Renault team. Jarno Trulli had fallen out of favour and team boss Flavio Briatore felt Villeneuve would be worth a gamble.[22] Although vowing to help Renault achieve second place in the Constructors' Championship, ahead of his former team BAR, Villeneuve failed to score a single point, unable to finish any of his races on the lead lap; Renault settled for third in the final standings. Villeneuve admitted that the enforced lay-off had cost him vital seat time. With the cars so much faster than in 2003, he found it difficult to adapt, and with an up-and-coming Fernando Alonso as teammate his task was made all the more difficult. The young Spaniard proved faster. Just before his 3-race Renault comeback, Villeneuve signed a two-year contract to drive for Sauber, starting in 2005.[23]

Sauber[edit]

Villeneuve driving for Sauber at the 2005 Canadian Grand Prix.
2005

His Sauber debut at the Australian Grand Prix saw him start on the grid in fourth position, although the Canadian would finish the race nine places down the order in thirteenth and a lap down. For the opening three races he was the slowest driver on Michelin tyres and rumours began to spread that he would soon be replaced. The rumours proved unfounded and at Imola he scored his first points for the team with a fourth place. The pressure was soon back on him when he forced teammate Felipe Massa off the track when attempting to overtake the Brazilian in Monaco, ruining both their races. Towards the end of the season, his pace improved and he scored more points at Belgium, where he finished sixth, moving ahead of Massa in the championship tables, although Massa repassed him after finishing 6th in the season finale in China. In terms of speed, the two teammates were fairly evenly matched by the end of the year. Massa was later drafted into Ferrari to support Michael Schumacher's 2006 campaign.

After much uncertainty, in late 2005 BMW confirmed that Villeneuve would race for BMW Sauber in 2006. GP2 frontrunner Heikki Kovalainen and Indycar champion Dan Wheldon had both been linked with the seat, but BMW opted to honour Villeneuve's contract; to cut the contract would possibly have been an expensive exercise that would have cost them around $2 million, and Villeneuve was popular with the sponsors and team personnel.

2006
Villeneuve at the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix.

Several changes were made at Sauber during the off season. First, the Swiss team were bought by BMW and renamed BMW Sauber. The German manufacturer wished to start their own works team following a six-year partnership with Villeneuve's former employers Williams. In addition, Massa left Sauber for the vacant role left by Rubens Barrichello at Ferrari and Nick Heidfeld was brought in to replace him. Villeneuve scored seven points during the first twelve rounds of the season. But at the German Grand Prix, Villeneuve had allegedly sustained an injury in a crash on lap 31.[24]

Villeneuve walks away from his crashed F1.06 at the 2006 German Grand Prix, his last F1 race.

After replacing Villeneuve in Hungary, test driver Robert Kubica drove to a solid seventh place, despite the chaotic wet conditions, but was later disqualified because his car was too light. Within days, BMW and Villeneuve announced that they had parted company with immediate effect.[25] The reason for his departure was later revealed that he simply did not want to be a part of a potential "shoot-out" with Kubica, feeling that he had proven himself already.[26]

Later efforts[edit]

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. Villeneuve stated he was still looking for further opportunities in Formula One in 2010 and 2011.[27]

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". The report went on to suggest that Villeneuve Racing had satisfied the entry criteria set by the FIA and had joined two other outfits on a shortlist of teams under consideration for the grid entry. Villeneuve subsequently released a statement confirming the existence of the entry, and that it is a collaboration with the Italian Durango team.[28]

Le Mans[edit]

Villeneuve was partnered with fellow ex-Formula One driver Marc Gené, joining them was Frenchman Nicolas Minassian. Here, the trio's number seven Peugeot 908 HDi FAP is being prepared for the Le Mans race.

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. This was his first drive in a sportscar since working with Toyota in 1992. For the race, Villeneuve shared the No.7 car with Marc Gené and Nicolas Minassian. Villeneuve set the fastest time of the three drivers in qualifying to put the car into fourth place on the starting grid. The car ran second for much of the race before pitting with engine problems at 12:39 pm. The car was officially retired at 1.42pm with only 100 minutes left of the race, after the team decided the problem could not be fixed.

In the 2008 race, Villeneuve and his Nº 7 Peugeot team finished 2nd. The team led for several hours but began to lose their lead when it rained. They did lose the lead in the 15th hour during a pitstop change. The Nº 2 Audi team won after leading for the final 10 hours.

Villeneuve has since pledged to keep competing in the event until he wins it, and has been supported by Allan McNish.[29] If he wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans, he would become the first person since Graham Hill to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport, having previously won both the Indianapolis 500 and the Formula One World Championship.[30]

NASCAR[edit]

Villeneuve racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in early 2008.

In a subsequent interview with Autosport magazine, Villeneuve's manager Craig Pollock confirmed that Villeneuve's Formula One career was over.[31] It was announced on August 24, 2007 that Villeneuve would run the remaining seven races in the Craftsman Truck Series driving a Toyota Tundra for Bill Davis Racing and undertake a full-time Sprint Cup Series schedule in 2008. In Villeneuve's first Truck Series race on September 22, 2007, in Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he qualified in seventh position, and finished 21st. He made his NASCAR Nextel Cup race debut in the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama over the weekend of October 5–7, 2007. He qualified sixth, however, due to his lack of experience in this type of car, he elected to start the race from the back of the field and ran there for most of the race. He finished 21st due to a large number of accidents and mechanical failure on the other cars. Villeneuve failed to qualify for the 2008 Daytona 500. He lost his ride in Bill Davis Racing's No. 27 car due to a loss of sponsorship, two days after he caused a pileup in his qualifying race, when his car got loose, then slid back up the track, colliding with another car.[32] He took part in the Nationwide race in Montreal for Braun Racing. The race started off in the sun, but before halfway, it began to rain and the teams were told to pit and use rain-tires, for the first time in NASCAR. Qualifying 5th, Villeneuve finished 16th after crashing into a car during a caution caused by poor visibility due to the rain. The race ended shortly after.

Villeneuve at the 2011 Road America Nationwide race

In 2009, Villeneuve had two starts in the Canadian Tire Series. His best start was fifth and his best finish was fourth, both in the August 2009 event at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres. Villeneuve also had two starts in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series, both for Braun Racing, with his best performance starting sixth and finishing fourth at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, again under wet conditions and the second time rain tires were used in a NASCAR event. He was then tabbed to drive the No. 32 car in Montreal and at Road America in 2010.[33] At Road America, he qualified second and stayed in second place for much of the race including leading three laps. He was unable to complete the race since an alternator wire broke on the final lap; he was credited with a 25th-place finish as the first car one lap down.[34][35] For 2011 Villeneuve agreed to take over for Brad Keselowski in the number 22 car for Penske Racing in the Nationwide Series for two races which Keselowski could not attend. He started and finished third at Road America; later he won the pole at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve before finishing 27th.[36]

Villeneuve made his return to the Cup Series in 2013 in the 51 car for Phoenix Racing at Sonoma Raceway.[37]

In 2016, Villeneuve returned to NASCAR, driving the No. 27 Ford for Wing Nut Racing in the Xfinity Series. Despite initial plans to start at Daytona's PowerShares QQQ 300,[38] Villeneuve announced the team would make its debut two weeks later at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.[39] However, the 27 team did not show in Las Vegas and did not enter a race in 2016. There are claims that the organization was never legitimate because no cars were ever prepared.

Speedcar[edit]

With no sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Villeneuve joined the Speedcar Series for the remainder of the 2008 season. The series is composed of road courses and stockcars similar to NASCAR and Villeneuve said "On a personal level, Speedcar will give me more road racing experience with this kind of cars which will be useful in future NASCAR road course events and it's also a great excuse to meet race fans."[40] He raced four times with a best finish of sixth place.

Villeneuve driving for Kelly Racing at the Coates Hire Ipswich 300 in 2012

Top Race V6[edit]

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 (The Race of the Year), held at the Buenos Aires circuit. Villeneuve raced the No. 27 car (Volkswagen Passat silhouette) of the Oro Racing team and finishing the race in the 16th place. In 2009 he was invited again to run in two out of the three major races in the season: one at Interlagos on July 19 (did not finish after contact with Leonel Pernía and spun) and the other being the second edition of La Carrera del Año at the Buenos Aires circuit on September 20, the last mentioned race being its better results in the series, finishing 13th. 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.

Villeneuve competing in the 2014 World Rallycross Championship

V8 Supercars[edit]

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.[41]

In 2012, Villeneuve participated in the Sucrogen Townsville 400, Coates Hire Ipswich 300 and Sydney Motorsport Park 360 rounds, driving the No. 51 Pepsi-sponsored Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore filling in for an injured Greg Murphy.[42]

FIA World Rallycross Championship[edit]

In 2014 after receiving sponsorship from Julia Wine and Cyclops Gear Villeneuve announced that he will be taking part in the FIA World Rallycross Championship with Albatec Racing.[43][44] Driving a Peugeot 208 Villeneuve competed in seven events for the Albatec team in 2014 and failed to qualify for the Semi-Finals in any of them. He finished the season in 37th place with 8 points.[44]

Villeneuve during qualifying for the 2015 Punta del Este ePrix.

Formula E[edit]

In 2015 it was announced that Villeneuve will be taking part in the FIA Formula E Championship with Venturi Grand Prix alongside Stéphane Sarrazin.[45]

At the third round of the season in Punta del Este, Villeneuve crashed in qualifying and withdrew from the race. In January 2016, Villeneuve announced that he would be parting ways with the squad[46] and leaving the series after a best finish of 11th at the second race in Malaysia.

Helmet[edit]

Villeneuve sports a simple multi-coloured helmet, which has remained unchanged for his entire professional career. The helmet has a blue upper, with flowing pink, yellow, green and red lines underneath. Villeneuve apparently designed his helmet while doodling on a drawing pad. The pink line forms a 'V' on each side, which Villeneuve has been quoted as saying was 'unintentional'. Some[who?] say that the colors of the helmet were based on the shirt of his mother Joann.[citation needed]

Villeneuve's helmet

Music career[edit]

Though he started writing his lyrics during his lower league days in Japan, it was not until 2006 that he released his first commercial single "Accepterais-tu", a French song with lyrics that fit well with his present personal status—asking his loved one to marry him. On February 19, 2007, Villeneuve released his first album entitled Private Paradise. The launch was held at his café[47] where he performed two songs in front of a crowd largely composed of news reporters. When asked about his expectations on the album he released the following statement: "I hope the album makes a great success. I would never do something hoping to get criticized."[48] His new record had very low sales; as of March 9, 2007, only 233 copies were sold in the entire province of Quebec and about 30 outside of Quebec and Canada – excluding digital sales.[49] 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.

TV appearances[edit]

Villeneuve has appeared in various TV commercials for Honda when he was driving for the BAR team. 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.

Villeneuve also 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. The ad proclaimed Canada to be the "fastest nation on earth."

In 1997, following his win of the Formula One World Championship, Villeneuve appeared in a Volkswagen advert on Quebec television. Villeneuve was seen driving a VW before stopping and saying at the camera that he has nothing against German guys, much less for the "allemandes", referring to the vehicle and German girls—a reference to his rivalry with Michael Schumacher and for the incident at the 1997 European Grand Prix.

Villeneuve also appeared briefly in the 2001 Sylvester Stallone action movie Driven as himself.

He voiced a racing announcer in the European and Canadian French versions of animated film Cars 2.

Villeneuve was one of several celebrity Canadians who carried the Olympic flag into Vancouver Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 21st Winter Olympic Games. He also carried the Olympic torch.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Points Position
1989 Italian Formula Three Championship Prema Racing 6 0 0 0
1990 Italian Formula Three Championship Prema Racing 12 0 0 10 13th
1991 Italian Formula Three Championship Prema Racing 11 3 0 20 6th
1992 All-Japan Formula Three Championship TOM'S 11 2 3 45 2nd
All Japan Sports Prototype Championship Toyota Team TOM'S 1 0 0 N/A NC
Toyota Atlantic Championship Comprep/Player's 1 0 0 14 28th
1993 Toyota Atlantic Championship Forsythe/Green Racing 15 7 5 185 3rd
Macau Grand Prix March Racing 1 0 0 N/A NC
1994 PPG Indy Car World Series Forsythe/Green Racing 15 0 1 94 6th
1995 PPG Indy Car World Series Team Green 17 6 4 172 1st
1996 Formula One Rothmans Williams Renault 16 3 4 78 2nd
1997 Formula One Rothmans Williams Renault 17 10 7 81 1st
1998 Formula One Winfield Williams 16 0 0 21 5th
1999 Formula One British American Racing 16 0 0 0 21st
2000 Formula One Lucky Strike BAR Honda 17 0 0 17 7th
2001 Formula One Lucky Strike BAR Honda 17 0 0 12 7th
2002 Formula One Lucky Strike BAR Honda 17 0 0 4 12th
2003 Formula One Lucky Strike BAR Honda 14 0 0 6 16th
2004 Formula One Mild Seven Renault F1 Team 3 0 0 0 21st
2005 Formula One Sauber Petronas 18 0 0 9 14th
2006 Formula One BMW Sauber F1 Team 12 0 0 7 15th
2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Bill Davis Racing Toyota 2 0 0 140 60th
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 7 0 0 615 59th
24 Hours of Le Mans Team Peugeot Total 1 0 0 N/A NC
2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Braun Racing Toyota 1 0 0 120 111th
Speedcar Series Speedcar Team 4 0 0 3 13th
Le Mans Series Team Peugeot Total 1 0 1 10 9th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 N/A 2nd
Top Race V6 Oro Racing Team 1 0 0 0 NC
2008–09 Speedcar Series Durango 5 0 0 7 11th
2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series Braun Racing Toyota 1 0 0 165 107th
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Jacombs Racing Ford 2 0 0 257 33rd
Top Race V6 2 0 0 0 NC
FIA GT Championship Gravity Racing International 1 0 0 0 NC
2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Braun Racing Toyota 1 0 0 76 69th
NASCAR Nationwide Series 3 0 0 405 77th
V8 Supercar Championship Series Rod Nash Racing 2 0 0 N/A NC
2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Penske Racing 2 1 0 61 52nd
Stock Car Brasil Shell V-Power Racing 1 0 0 N/A NC
2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Penske Racing 2 0 0 82 49th
International V8 Supercars Championship Kelly Racing 6 0 0 N/A NC
2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Phoenix Racing 1 0 0 3 51st
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Dave Jacombs 1 0 0 43 43rd
2014 IndyCar Series Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1 0 0 29 30th
World Rallycross Championship Albatec Racing 8 0 0 8 38th
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Dave Jacombs 1 0 0 20 54th
2015 Stock Car Brasil Shell Racing 1 0 0 0 NC
2015–16 Formula E Venturi Grand Prix 3 0 0 0 20th
2018 Americas Rallycross Championship Subaru Rally Team USA 1 0 0 12 14th

American open-wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)

Toyota Atlantic Championship[edit]

Toyota Atlantic results
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Rank Points
1992 Comprep/Player's MIA PHX LBH LIM MON WGL TOR TRR
3
VAN MDO MOS NAZ LS1 LS2 14th 28
1993 Forsythe/Green Racing PHX
18
LBH
2
ATL
1
MIL
17
MON
1
MOS
2
HAL
7
TOR
3
LOU
2
TRR
14
VAN
19
MDO
1
NAZ
11
LS1
1
LS2
1
3rd 185

CART[edit]

Champ Car results
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1994 Forsythe/Green Racing SRF
17
PHX
25
LBH
15
INDY
2
MIL
9
DET
7
POR
6
CLE
4
TOR
9
MCH
20
MDO
9
NHA
24
VAN
24
ROA
1
NAZ
7
LAG
3
6th 94
1995 Team Green MIA
1
SRF
20
PHX
5
LBH
25
NAZ
2
INDY
1
MIL
6
DET
9
POR
20
ROA
1
TOR
3
CLE
1
MCH
10
MDO
3
NHA
4
VAN
12
LAG
11
1st 172

IndyCar Series[edit]

IndyCar Series results
Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Rank Points
2014 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Dallara DW12 Honda STP LBH ALA IMS INDY
14
DET DET TXS HOU HOU POC IOW TOR TOR MDO MIL SNM FON 30th 29

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1994 Reynard 94I Ford XB 4 2 Forsythe/Green Racing
1995 Reynard 95I Ford XB 5 1 Team Green
2014 Dallara Honda 27 14 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Formula One[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Formula One results
Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
1996 Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW18 Renault RS8 3.0 V10 AUS
2
BRA
Ret
ARG
2
EUR
1
SMR
11
MON
Ret
ESP
3
CAN
2
FRA
2
GBR
1
GER
3
HUN
1
BEL
2
ITA
7
POR
1
JPN
Ret
2nd 78
1997 Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW19 Renault RS9 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
1
ARG
1
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
1
CAN
Ret
FRA
4
GBR
1
GER
Ret
HUN
1
BEL
5
ITA
5
AUT
1
LUX
1
JPN
DSQ
EUR
3
1st 81
1998 Winfield Williams Williams FW20 Mecachrome GC37-01 V10 AUS
5
BRA
7
ARG
Ret
SMR
4
ESP
6
MON
5
CAN
10
FRA
4
GBR
7
AUT
6
GER
3
HUN
3
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
LUX
8
JPN
6
5th 21
1999 British American Racing BAR 01 Supertec FB01 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
AUT
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
15
ITA
8
EUR
10
MAL
Ret
JPN
9
NC 0
2000 Lucky Strike Reynard BAR Honda BAR 002 Honda RA000E 3.0 V10 AUS
4
BRA
Ret
SMR
5
GBR
16
ESP
Ret
EUR
Ret
MON
7
CAN
15
FRA
4
AUT
4
GER
8
HUN
12
BEL
7
ITA
Ret
USA
4
JPN
6
MAL
5
7th 17
2001 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 003 Honda RA001E 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
BRA
7
SMR
Ret
ESP
3
AUT
8
MON
4
CAN
Ret
EUR
9
FRA
Ret
GBR
8
GER
3
HUN
9
BEL
8
ITA
6
USA
Ret
JPN
10
7th 12
2002 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 004 Honda RA002E 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
8
BRA
10
SMR
7
ESP
7
AUT
10
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
EUR
12
GBR
4
FRA
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
8
ITA
9
USA
6
JPN
Ret
12th 4
2003 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 005 Honda RA003E 3.0 V10 AUS
9
MAL
DNS
BRA
6
SMR
Ret
ESP
Ret
AUT
12
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
EUR
Ret
FRA
9
GBR
10
GER
9
HUN
Ret
ITA
6
USA
Ret
JPN 16th 6
2004 Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R24 Renault RS24 3.0 V10 AUS MAL BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA CHN
11
JPN
10
BRA
10
21st 0
2005 Sauber Petronas Sauber C24 Petronas 05A 3.0 V10 AUS
13
MAL
Ret
BHR
11
SMR
4
ESP
Ret
MON
11
EUR
13
CAN
9
USA
DNS
FRA
8
GBR
14
GER
15
HUN
Ret
TUR
11
ITA
11
BEL
6
BRA
12
JPN
12
CHN
10
14th 9
2006 BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.06 BMW P86 2.4 V8 BHR
Ret
MAL
7
AUS
6
SMR
12
EUR
8
ESP
12
MON
14
GBR
8
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
FRA
11
GER
Ret
HUN TUR ITA CHN JPN BRA 15th 7

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Sports car racing[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results
Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007 France Team Peugeot Total France Nicolas Minassian
Spain Marc Gené
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 338 DNF DNF
2008 France Team Peugeot Total France Nicolas Minassian
Spain Marc Gené
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 381 2nd 2nd

Le Mans Series[edit]

Le Mans Series results
Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 Rank Points
2008 Team Peugeot Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
M CAT MON SPA
1
NÜR SIL 9th 10

Complete 24 Hours of Spa results[edit]

24 Hours of Spa results
Year Class Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2009 G2 M Mosler MT900 R GT3
Chevrolet LS7 7.0 L V8
Belgium Gravity Racing International Belgium Vincent Radermecker
Belgium Loris de Sordi
China Ho-Pin Tung
65 DNF

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NSCC Pts
2007 Bill Davis Racing 27 Toyota DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL
21
CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO
41
HOM 60th 140
2008 DAY
DNQ
CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM NA 0
2010 Braun Racing 32 Toyota DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR PHO TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND
29
POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH NHA DOV KAN CAL CLT MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM 69th 76
2013 Phoenix Racing 51 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON
41
KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 51st 3
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2008 Bill Davis Racing Toyota DNQ

Nationwide Series[edit]

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts
2008 Braun Racing 32 Toyota DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO MEX TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEB MIL NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV
16
GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 111th 120
2009 DAY CAL LVS BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MIL NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV
4
ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 107th 165
2010 DAY CAL LVS BRI NSH PHO TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT NSH KEN ROA
25
NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN
8
MCH BRI CGV
3
ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT GTY TEX PHO HOM 77th 405
2011 Penske Racing 22 Dodge DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA
3
DAY KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV
27*
BRI ATL RCH CHI DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 52nd 61
2012 DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA
6
KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN CGV
3*
BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 49th 82

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Truck 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCTC Pts
2007 Bill Davis Racing 27 Toyota DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN LOW MAN DOV TEX MCH MIL MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTY NHA LVS
21
TAL
30
MAR
32
ATL
14
TEX
25
PHO
19
HOM
36
42nd 615

Canadian Tire Series[edit]

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
2009 Jacombs Racing 7 Ford ASE DEL MOS ASE
22
MPS EDM SAS MOS CTR
4
MTL BAR RIS KWA 33rd 257
2013 22 Racing 24 Dodge MOS DEL MOS ICAR MPS SAS ASE CTR
3*
RIS MOS BAR KWA 43rd 43
2014 Jacombs Racing 7 Dodge MOS ACD ICAR EIR SAS ASE CTR
24
RIS MOS BAR KWA 60th 20

Other stock cars[edit]

Speedcar Series[edit]

(key)

Speedcar Series results
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pos Points
2008 Speedcar Team SEN1 SEN2 SEP1 SEP2 BHR1
6
BHR2
Ret
DUB1
9
DUB2
Ret
14th 3
2008–09 Durango DUB
6
BHR1
10
BHR2
Ret
LOS1
5
LOS2
Ret
DUB1 DUB2 BHR1 BHR2 11th 7

Stock Car Brasil[edit]

Stock Car Brasil results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
2011 Shell V-Power Racing Peugeot 408 CTB INT RBP VEL CGD RIO INT
18
SAL SCZ LON BSB VEL NC† 0†
2015 Shell Racing Chevrolet Sonic GOI
1

21
RBP
1
RBP
2
VEL
1
VEL
2
CUR
1
CUR
2
SCZ
1
SCZ
2
CUR
1
CUR
2
GOI
1
CAS
1
CAS
2
BRA
1
BRA
2
CUR
1
CUR
2
TAR
1
TAR
2
INT
1
NC† 0†

† Ineligible for championship points.

Touring Cars[edit]

V8 Supercar[edit]

V8 Supercars results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Final Pos Points
2010 Rod Nash Racing Ford FG Falcon YMC
R1
YMC
R2
BHR
R3
BHR
R4
ADE
R5
ADE
R6
HAM
R7
HAM
R8
QLD
R9
QLD
R10
WIN
R11
WIN
R12
HDV
R13
HDV
R14
TOW
R15
TOW
R16
PHI
Q
PHI
R17
BAT
R18
SUR
R19

22
SUR
R20

5
SYM
R21
SYM
R22
SAN
R23
SAN
R24
SYD
R25
SYD
R26
NC 0 †
2012 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
BAR
R9
PHI
R10
PHI
R11
HID
R12
HID
R13
TOW
R14

Ret
TOW
R15

24
QLD
R16

24
QLD
R17

24
SMP
R18

24
SMP
R19

26
SAN
Q
SAN
R20
BAT
R21
SUR
R22
SUR
R23
YMC
R24
YMC
R25
YMC
R26
WIN
R27
WIN
R28
SYD
R29
SYD
R30
NC 0 †

† Not Eligible for points

Complete FIA World Rallycross Championship results[edit]

Supercar results
Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WRX Points
2014 Albatec Racing Peugeot 208 GTi POR
17
GBR NOR
14
FIN
16
SWE
17
BEL
14
CAN
16
FRA GER ITA
18
TUR ARG 37th 8

Complete Formula E results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Formula E results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Points
2015–16 Venturi Grand Prix Spark-Venturi VM200-FE-01 BEI
14
PUT
11
PDE
DNS
BNA MEX LBH PAR BER MOS LON LON 20th 0

See also[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Al Unser, Jr.
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1995
Succeeded by
Buddy Lazier
PPG CART Indy Car World Series Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Jimmy Vasser
Preceded by
Damon Hill
Formula One World Champion
1997
Succeeded by
Mika Häkkinen
Preceded by
Nigel Mansell
Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
1994
Succeeded by
Christian Fittipaldi
Indy Car Rookie of the Year
1994
Succeeded by
Gil de Ferran
Preceded by
David Coulthard
Lorenzo Bandini Trophy
1996
Succeeded by
Luca di Montezemolo
Preceded by
Damon Hill
Hawthorn Memorial Trophy
1997
Succeeded by
David Coulthard
Autosport International Racing Driver Award
1997
Succeeded by
Mika Häkkinen
Records
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
and
Giuseppe Farina
3 wins
(1950 season)
Most wins in first Formula One season
4 wins

1996, tied with:
Lewis Hamilton (2007)
Succeeded by
Co-Incumbent