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5Ferrari pays tribute to Gilles Villeneuve at Fiorano

Some teams might give a promising young driver a second chance, but not Ferrari. You only get one offer to drive for the Scuderia, and if you turn it down, that's your last chance.

5Ferrari and Jacques Villeneuve to commemorate 30 years since Gilles Villeneuve's death

History has a way of aggrandizing the fallen, but few drivers have been as dearly missed as Gilles Villeneuve. Renowned for his ability to wrestle blistering lap times – often sideways – out of some of the most difficult cars to handle, the French Canadian driver remains a fan favorite to legions of Formula 1 fans and tifosi the world over.

24Find of the Day: Jacques Villeneuve's 1997 title-prize Hennessey Viper Venom

Say what you will about what he's done since, but nobody was as hot a talent as Jacques Villeneuve in the mid '90s. The French Canadian driver – and son of Gilles Villeneuve, who died while racing for Scuderia Ferrari – won both the Indy 500 and the IndyCar title in only his second season in the series. Then he moved up to Formula One and repeated the feat by taking the championship in only his second season, having only lost out to his Williams teammate Damon Hill the season before.

16Did Jacques Villeneuve turn down a ride with Lotus for 2011?

Former F1 and Indy champion Jacques Villeneuve is playing down reports that he was offered a ride with the new Lotus Renault GP team for next season. The French Canadian driver recently threw in the towel on any potential return to grand prix racing after repeated attempts to get back on the grid, determined to break into NASCAR instead and getting his fix racing Skodas on ice in the interim.

4Villeneuve heading to France to go ice racing

There are any number of racing series around the world that are eager to welcome former F1 drivers onto their grids – and Jacques Villeneuve has tried nearly all of them. Traditional outlets have included DTM and Le Mans, to name just two, but lately retired grand prix drivers have found their groove again in such varied series as NASCAR and the World Rally Championship.

20Report: Jacques Villeneuve gives up on F1 return

Jacques Villeneuve was a super-star back in the '90s. The son of the dearly missed Gilles Villeneuve, Jacques won the Indy 500 and the IndyCar title in 1995. One of the first in a wave of drivers following in their fathers' footsteps, JV rode the wave of his own success straight into an F1 race seat with Williams (back when the team was still in their prime), coming second in his first year and winning the title the following year. Unfortunately, it all went downhill from there.

8Villeneuve and Durango looking to buy out an existing F1 team?

The FIA may have rejected their bid to field a new team, but don't count Jacques Villeneuve and Durango out for the count just yet. According to reports from the paddock, the joint venture composed of a former world champion and an Italian racing team is going old-school in its campaign to own and operate its own F1 team.

5Jacques Villeneuve reportedly lodging his own F1 team entry for 2011

Jacques Villeneuve (left) is rumored to be supported in his F1 bid by Flavio Briatore (right)

6One More Time: Villeneuve taking last shot at getting back into F1

They say it's best to quit while you're ahead. But then, Jacques Villeneuve hasn't been ahead in quite some time. The former World Champion hasn't been on the grid – at least, not the Formula One grid – in four years. But even when he was, his performance had slipped drastically since winning it all in 1997 and the Indy title in '95. Still, he's the most successful North American driver on the world stage, and he's prepared to give it one more shot.

17Best Buy to follow YouTube into USF1 sponsorship?

Preparations are well underway for the debut of the new USF1 team, which is set to join the Formula One grid next season. The car's been designed, the manufacturing facility is in the process of ramping up for production, and the team has staffed up. But while the nascent squad focuses on building the chassis and infrastructure, speculation has been running rampant over who will sponsor the team and who will be driving its two cars.

17YouTube and Villeneuve rumored on board as USF1 gears up for October launch

Now that the USF1 team has received the go-ahead from the FIA as one of the three new teams to join the grid next year, the boys in Charlotte are working away in preparation of an anticipated launch of their first chassis before the end of October. According to team principal Ken Anderson, the design is almost finalized, and they're just waiting for $5 million in machinery and the specs on the new Cosworth engine they'll be running to arrive before they can begin manufacturing. Currently the tea

3FOLLOW-UP: Jacques Villeneuve to race at Spa 24 Hours

Jacques Villeneuve may have his eyes set on a return to Formula One, but he isn't about to sit around waiting for it. The former world champion has announced plans to contest the upcoming Spa 24 Hours in Belgium later this month.

18Comeback Kid? Jacques Villeneuve reportedly wants back into F1

Jacques Villeneuve knows what it's like to win. After emerging victorious in the Indianapolis 500, the CART title, the Formula One World Championship and narrowly missing the chance to score the triple crown with Peugeot at Le Mans this year, the son of legendary racer Gilles Villeneuve finds himself without a ride for next year as the Speedcar Series in which he'd been competing teeters on the verge of bankruptcy. But JV's got a plan. He wants back into Formula One. And he reckons next season w

6Jacques Villeneuve opens racing school near Montreal

What do you do when your racing career is reaching its end? Well, if you were high-profile enough at the height of your career, you open a racing school. That's what former Indy and Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve has done, following various attempts to remain in F1, switch to NASCAR, starting a music career, and opening his own club/restaurant in downtown Montreal.

3Villeneuve down but not out - still hopeful for hometown NASCAR debut

Poor Jacques is all washed up. Where this writer was born and raised, JV was a homegrown hero who lived up to his family name by taking the checkered flag at the Indy 500 (and the CART championship) and going on to win the Formula One title only two years later. But when you've reached the top, there's only one way to go. Unfortunately for Canadian race fans, that's the direction Jacques has been going for the last ten years.

11Anyone got $18 million for Jacques?

Evidently undeterred by the breakdown in negotiations to get himself into the Busch series, and ever-determined to make it into NASCAR one way or another, Jacques Villeneuve is making some fine progress in starting up his own team.

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