About Formula One
Formula One, often referred to as F1 and Formula 1, is a form of open wheeled auto racing that began in 1950. Races, usually known as Grand Prix take place all around the world on purpose built circuits as well as temporary street circuits.
Many of the world's top car manufacturers compete in F1. The new cars are capable of speeds up to around 360 km/h (225 mph), are turbo-charged, and rev to up to 15000RPM.
The 2013 season received a global audience of 450 million people. Around 100,000 people attend each Grand Prix in person.
A Formula One race is typically 305 km in length (190 miles) and lasts around one and a half hours.
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Gilles Villeneuve (1950–1982) was a Canadian racing driver who is considered to be one of the best Formula One drivers to have graced the sport. In his career, he drove all but one of his races for Ferrari, won six races, and was runner-up in 1979.
Starting out in snowmobiles and moving to Formula Atlantic, Villeneuve made his début for McLaren in 1977 at the British Grand Prix. Later on in the season, he drove two races for Ferrari, replacing double World Champion Niki Lauda. Staying at Ferrari for 1978, Villeneuve won his first race at the final race, his home race, in Canada.
1979 fared better for Villeneuve, taking three wins to finish second in the championship behind his experienced teammate Jody Scheckter. 1980, was a disaster, with Villeneuve scoring only six points. In 1981, he took two hard-fought victories. At the 1982 San Marino Grand Prix, teammate Didier Pironi broke a perceived promise to take victory. Villeneuve vowed never to speak to him again – and he did not, dying in a practice accident for the following race in Belgium.
Villeneuve's legacy is visible to this day; the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is named after him and his number 27 is an iconic Ferrari number linked strongly to Villeneuve himself. His son, Jacques, won the 1997 World Championship.
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