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Gilles Villeneuve

Gilles Villeneuve, South African GP, 1979, Kyalami. Copyright Andy Harris, 2009. Used with permission.

Gilles Villeneuve, South African GP, 1979, Kyalami. Copyright Andy Harris, 2009. Used with permission.

Born:

18 Jan 1950
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Chambly, Quebec

Died:

08 May 1982
Louvain, Belgium

Nationality:

Canada

Grands Prix:

67 (1977-1982)

F2 starts:

1 (1976)

A true Grand Prix legend, Gilles was killed in a horrific crash in qualifying for the Belgian GP at Zolder. One of the fastest, bravest and most determined drivers of his - and any - era, Villeneuve had his dark sides (stubborn and over-aggressive) but his death and the circumstances around it, elevated him into racing folklore for ever. Initially Gilles had a interest and passion for music following his father's work in piano tuning but he soon discovered racing, where he competed in snowmobiles as a teenager before moving up the single-seater ranks, where his legend grew and grew as he progressed.

Biography last updated 7 Mar 2016