Villeneuve was well-known for his succession of beautiful girlfriends during, and after, his Formula 1 career.
After dating Sandrine Gros d’Aillon during his early motorsport career, he was engaged to Australian singer Dannii Minogue, and then engaged to American ballerina Ellen Green.
His mother sent him to private school in Switzerland, where Jacques developed into a fiercely independent character, threw himself into downhill skiing with a vengeance, then chose to follow in his father's footsteps.He swept through the international ranks - saloon cars in Italy, F3 in Europe and Japan, FAtlantic and Indy Cars in North America.In 2006, he married Paris-based Johanna Martinez, and six months later the pair had their first child, a son they named Jules. Nurburgring, April 1996: Jacques Villeneuve at the European Grand Prix, where he took his maiden Formula One victory, beating Michael Schumacher by less than a second.Villeneuve finished and won the world championship.
© Sutton Images European Grand Prix, Jerez, Spain, 26 October 1997 When he decided to become a racer the son of legendary Ferrari driver Gilles Villeneuve was always going to be a name to watch. While doors opened for him quickly the son of the late hero was expected to speed through them and continue the family tradition of hard-driving success.As it developed, Jacques Villeneuve soon made a name for himself.He was certainly to the manner born, on 9 April, 1971, in Canada's French-speaking province of Quebec, from where Gilles Villeneuve took the racing world by storm - and took his family with him.© Sutton Images Interlagos, March 1998: Jacques Villeneuve had a relatively disappointing season as reigning champion.Third places in Germany and Hungary were his best results.© Sutton Images Estoril, September 1996: Jacques Villeneuve’s third win of the year at the Portuguese Grand Prix kept him in contention for the title and set up a final race showdown with Williams team mate Damon Hill.