Jacques Joseph Charles Villeneuve, OQ, 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, as of 2016, 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 Hill for the title, winning four races and taking the fight to the round in Japan, where Villeneuve retired and Hill won the race. Villeneuve, did win the years title, this time challenging Michael Schumacher and once again taking it to the final round in Jerez. 1997 would be the last year in which Villeneuve would win a championship level race, for 1998, Villeneuves 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 four seasons but, following poor results he was replaced by former British Formula Three Champion Takuma Sato.
Villeneuve drove for Renault at the end of 2004, and Sauber in the 2005 season, Villeneuve was replaced by Robert Kubica and soon BMW and Villeneuve parted company. As a musician, he has released an album titled Private Paradise and he was inducted into Canadas Walk of Fame in 1998. Villeneuve was born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, to aspiring Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve and his wife Joann and he has a sister Melanie and a half sister Jessica. His uncle, Jacques Sr. was a racing driver, 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. Villeneuves first girlfriend was Sandrine Gros dAillon and they dated until the late 1990s. Villeneuve was engaged to Australian singer Dannii Minogue in the late 1990s and was engaged to American ballerina Ellen Green. He married his Parisienne girlfriend Johanna Martinez on May 29,2006, 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 and their second son Joakim was born on December 23,2007. The couple divorced in July 2009, in June 2012, Villeneuve married Camilla Lopez, with whom he has had two more sons and Henri. Villeneuve was among the first group inducted into Canadas Walk of Fame, he was inducted into Canadas Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. He was named Canadas Athlete of the Year, receiving the Lou Marsh Trophy in 1995 and 1997, in 1998, he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec
Lance Stroll is a Belgian-Canadian racing driver, currently driving in Formula One with Williams. He drives under the Canadian flag and he was Italian F4 champion in 2014, Toyota Racing Series champion in 2015 and 2016 FIA European Formula 3 champion. He was part of the Ferrari Driver Academy from 2010 to 2015, Stroll is the son of billionaire Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll and Belgian fashion designer Claire-Anne Callens. Like many race drivers, the Geneva-based Canadian began his career in karting and recorded numerous race and championship wins in his native Canada. He was nominated by the Fédération de Sport Automobile du Québec as Rookie of the Year in 2008, winning the Coupe de Montreal Championship, and crowned Canadian Champion the same year. He won Driver of the Year the following year, in 2010 he won four titles in the Florida Winter Tour, in the Canadian ASN Championship and the Coupe de Quebec. In 2011 Stroll ran with Dino Chiesa Team in the Italian Kart Championship, in 2013, Stroll competed in the KF category in the CIK and WSK Championships once again with Chiesa Corse team and was recognised as the best rookie.
At the beginning of 2015, Stroll won the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series, Stroll closed out his busy 2015 season – contesting 50 races in all – making his debut in the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix. Stroll was part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and the second youngest driver to be signed to a Formula One team, on 11 November 2015, it was announced that Stroll would leave Ferrari to serve as a test driver for Williams. Stroll remained with the Prema Powerteam, for a consecutive year. In the 2016 Euro F3 series, Stroll took eleven wins and claimed the title in the race at Imola. On 3 November 2016, Williams Martini Racing announced that Stroll would drive for them in 2017 Formula One season and he became the first Canadian F1 driver since the 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, who coincidentally started his F1 career at Williams as well. Strolls first two ended in retirements. Official website Lance Stroll career summary at DriverDB. com Formula One drivers from Canada
Formula One is the highest class of single-seat auto racing that is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de lAutomobile. The FIA Formula One World Championship has been the form of racing since the inaugural season in 1950. The formula, designated in the name, refers to a set of rules, the F1 season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, held worldwide on purpose-built F1 circuits and public roads. The results of each race are evaluated using a system to determine two annual World Championships, one for drivers, one for constructors. The racing drivers are required to be holders of valid Super Licences, the races are required to be held on tracks graded 1, the highest grade a track can receive by the FIA. Most events are held in locations on purpose-built tracks, but there are several events in city centres throughout the world. Formula One cars are the fastest road racing cars in the world. Formula One cars race at speeds of up to approximately 375 km/h with engines currently limited in performance to a maximum of 15,000 RPM, the cars are capable of lateral acceleration in excess of five g in corners.
The performance of the cars is very dependent on electronics – although traction control and other driving aids have been banned since 2008 – and on aerodynamics, the formula has radically evolved and changed through the history of the sport. F1 had a global television audience of 425 million people during the course of the 2014 season. Grand Prix racing began in 1906 and became the most popular internationally in the second half of the twentieth century. The Formula One Group is the holder of the commercial rights. Its high profile and popularity have created a major merchandising environment, since 2000 the sports spiraling expenditures and the distribution of prize money favoring established top teams have forced complaints from smaller teams and led several teams to bankruptcy. On 23 January 2017 it was confirmed that Liberty Media had completed its $8 billion acquisition of Delta Topco, the Formula One series originated with the European Grand Prix Motor Racing of the 1920s and 1930s.
The formula is a set of rules that all cars must meet. Formula One was a new formula agreed upon after World War II during 1946, the first world championship race was held at Silverstone, United Kingdom in 1950. A championship for constructors followed in 1958, national championships existed in South Africa and the UK in the 1960s and 1970s. Non-championship Formula One events were held for years, but due to the increasing cost of competition
Joseph Gilles Henri Villeneuve, known as Gilles Villeneuve, was a Canadian racing driver. Villeneuve spent six years in Grand Prix racing with Ferrari, winning six races, an enthusiast of cars and fast driving from an early age, Villeneuve started his professional career in snowmobile racing in his native province of Quebec. He moved into single seaters, winning the US and Canadian Formula Atlantic championships in 1976 and he was taken on by reigning world champions Ferrari for the end of the season and from 1978 to his death in 1982 drove for the Italian team. He won six Grand Prix races in a career at the highest level. In 1979, he finished second by four points in the championship to teammate Jody Scheckter, Villeneuve died in a 140 mph crash caused by a collision with the March of Jochen Mass during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder. The accident came less than two weeks after an argument with his teammate, Didier Pironi, over Pironis move to pass Villeneuve at the preceding San Marino Grand Prix.
At the time of his death, Villeneuve was extremely popular with fans and has become an iconic figure in the history of the sport. His son, Jacques Villeneuve, became Formula One world champion in 1997 and, to date, Villeneuve was born in Richelieu, a small town just outside Montreal, in the largely French-speaking province of Quebec in Canada and grew up in Berthierville. In 1970, he married Joann Barthe, with whom he had two children, Jacques and Mélanie. During his early career Villeneuve took his family on the road with him in a motorhome during the racing season and he often claimed to have been born in 1952. By the time he got his break in Formula One, he was already 27 years old, niki Lauda said of him, He was the craziest devil I ever came across in Formula 1. The fact that, for all this, he was a sensitive and his younger brother Jacques had a successful racing career in Formula Atlantic, Can Am and CART. Gilles son, named Jacques, won the Indianapolis 500 and CART championships in 1995, Villeneuve started competitive driving in local drag-racing events, entering his road car, a modified 1967 Ford Mustang.
He was soon bored by this and entered the Jim Russell Racing School at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant to gain a racing licence and he had a very successful season in Quebec regional Formula Ford, running his own two-year-old car and winning seven of the ten races he entered. The next year he progressed to Formula Atlantic, competing there for four years and he won his first Atlantic race in 1975 at Gimli Motosport Park in heavy rain. In 1976, teamed with Chris Harrisons Ecurie Canada and factory March race engineer Ray Wardell, he dominated the season by winning all but one of the races and taking the US and he won the Canadian championship again in 1977. Money was very tight in Villeneuves early career and he was a professional racing driver from his late teens, with no other income. In the first few years the bulk of his income came from snowmobile racing