Jacques Villeneuve: Dealing with the shadow of Gilles

Jacques Villeneuve: Dealing with the shadow of Gilles

Stepping out from the shadow of his father to achieve greatness in his own right was no easy task, as 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve reveals to MAURICE HAMILTON for F1 Racing

"If your name is known, it's assumed you will win straight away. This pressure can make you great or destroy you: there's no in-between. You learn to evolve much quicker...if you don't, you're done."

Any things connected with Jacques Villeneuve could be considered unconventional: the grunge look; the oversized driving suits and racing boots with the tongues hanging out; engineers dealing with set-up requests that veered from the norm. He won a world championship in his second season of F1, but his subsequent grand prix career attracted controversy more than celebration.

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