1997 Jacques Villeneuve Signed Race Used Williams Renault World Championship Winning F1 Gloves
Race-used gloves worn by Canadian Jacques Villeneuve during his Championship-winning 1997 Formula One season while driving for the Rothmans Williams Renault F1 team.
Jacques Villeneuve has had a long and successful racing career having competed in several different series along the way, beginning with CART (1994-95) and Formula One (1996-2006), along with stints in the NASCAR Truck Series (2007), the NASCAR Pinty’s Series (2009- 2013), the NASCAR Xfinity Series (2012), the NASCAR Cup Series (2007-2013) and even Formula E (2015-16). Villeneuve would win the 1995 CART season title, including the prestigious 1995 Indianapolis 500, as well as ‘Rookie of the Year’ honors in both categories the year before in 1994, and in 1997 became F1 World Champion while scoring 7 wins and 10 pole positions.
At the 1997 season’s penultimate race, the Japanese Grand Prix, Villeneuve had a chance to win the championship but was banned for overtaking under yellow flag conditions twice during practice. Before the season-ending European Grand Prix, Villeneuve had 77 points, one fewer than his main rival Michael Schumacher, requiring him to finish in the top six and ahead of Schumacher to win the championship. Villeneuve and Schumacher were involved in a collision that saw Schumacher careen into a gravel trap, giving the title to Villeneuve. He was the first driver to claim the F1 World Championship, the CART title and the Indianapolis 500. He was also Canada’s first F1 World Champion.
The gloves are signed and come with a Certificate Of Authenticity.