RISE OF THE ROOKIE: How Jacques Villeneuve stepped out of his father's shadow to become a champion


Jacques Villeneuve faced tragedy when his legendary father died in an accident in 1982. A daredevil and karting ace, Villeneuve would go on to carve his own path through motorsport – here's how.

Born in Quebec, Villeneuve grew up in Monaco and found his feet in grassroots motorsports, making waves in Japan before the United States came calling.

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In 1995, Villeneuve won the CART title with a stunning Indy 500 victory to boot, and Williams were soon eyeing him as their next star. Sir Frank Williams signed Jacques up, leading to a stunning 1996 debut season and a World Championship-winning 1997 campaign.

Watch how Jacques continued his father Gilles' legacy and became Canada's first – and so far, only – Formula 1 champion.


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