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In the car, his fighting spirit, lust for speed, penchant for risk-taking and eagerness to engage in close combat were reminiscent of the qualities that endeared his famous father to the fans.

Like him, Jacques Villeneuve thrived on the sensation of driving on the limit and delighted in daring himself to go beyond it.

© Sutton Images A1-Ring, September 1997: Victory in the Austrian Grand Prix put Jacques Villeneuve neck and neck with Michael Schumacher in the driver standings, with three races remaining.

© Sutton Images Jerez, October 1997: Michael Schumacher retired as he fought with Jacques Villeneuve for the lead at the season-ending European Grand Prix.

In the end the championship went to Hill, who won five races to Villeneuve's four, but the feisty French Canadian's electrifying debut was the talk of the racing world.

In 1997 Villeneuve fulfilled his fast and furious promise, winning seven races and taking the driving title in spectacular fashion from Michael Schumacher in a notorious championship showdown at Jerez in Spain.

He had several spectacular accidents, from which he would emerge grinning and marvelling at the thrill of it all.

Engagingly eccentric, opinionated and outspoken, he defied convention and challenged authority, saying exactly what he thought in an era when drivers were expected to express only sweet-talking platitudes.

Schumacher's infamous failure to ram his rival off the road left the Ferrari superstar in disgrace and Villeneuve on the top of the world.

It was a wonderfully dramatic story - the brave son of a racing legend who fended off a villain's worst efforts to become World Champion - that confirmed Villeneuve's place in Formula One history and folklore.

© Sutton Images Buenos Aires, April 1997: Jacques Villeneuve took pole position for the Argentine Grand Prix.

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