1997 Jacques Villeneuve Signed Race Worn World Championship Season Williams Renault F1 Boots
This pair of Sparco race boots were a pair worn by Canadian driver Jacques Villeneuve on his way to winning the 1997 Formula 1 World Championship.
Villeneuve was in his second year with the Rothmans Williams F1 team. After being the championship runner-up to teammate Damon Hill in 1996, Villeneuve was partnered with new teammate Heinz-Harold Frentzen for the 97 season.
Sir Frank Williams had a strict no-team-leader policy, however Frentzen was brought in largely because of his history in his junior career beating Michael Schumacher. Villeneuve said in a 2018 interview with Hall of Fame Collection’s Darren L. Jack that “Frentzen was brought in as the future World Champion for Williams.”
However, at season’s end Villeneuve was leading into the final round, just one point behind Schumacher. Schumacher was leading Villeneuve when the French-Canadian made a bold move to the inside. Schumacher aggressively tried to close the door on Villeneuve, but in the corner there was contact and Schumacher’s car got pushed into the left-side gravel pit. Schumacher retired on the spot while Villeneuve sensibly drove to a third-place finish.
With seven race victories (Frentzen had just one) and scoring points in four of the other races he finished in, Villeneuve became the World Champion. Schumacher was second in points but was disqualified, leaving Frentzen the runner-up on paper.
The blue high legged (the style Villeneuve preferred) boots show wear and have double Velcro fastening straps which have the Sparco lettering branding patch to the lower straps of each boot. There are white leather Achilles protection sections sewn into each boot.
The boots come directly from Jacques Villeneuve’s personal collection. He has personally signed both boots to their outsides with a black marker pen and will be accompanied with a full Certificate of Authenticity.