Gilles Joseph Henri Villeneuve was a Canadian racing driver. He began his sporting career by participating in snowmobile races in his native province of Quebec. He then moved on to single-seater driving , and in 1976, won both the Canadian and US Formula Atlantic Championships. A year later, McLaren made Villeneuve's Formula 1 debut at the 1977 British Grand Prix; during the same year Scuderia Ferrari hired him for the last two races of the season to replace Niki Lauda. Linked to the Maranello team for the rest of his career, he recorded six Grand Prix victories and a victory in the 1979 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch (a race not valid for the title), as well as a second place in the 1979 World Championship standings behind him. by teammate Jody Scheckter as best result. He died in a crash at 227 km/h caused by a contact with the March of Jochen Mass during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix aboard the Ferrari 126 C2. Villeneuve at the time of his death was very popular with enthusiasts for his highly combative and spectacular driving style, and has since become a symbol of the history of the sport, as well as one of the greatest drivers of all time despite never having won a world title.
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