Gilles Villeneuve won six Grand Prix races during just 67 starts during his F1 career from 1977-1982, which ended after a fatal crash during practice in Zolder.
While the French-Canadian was never champion, he sure gave us some memorable drives.
Villeneuve had not won a race at all in 1980 and had yet to finish on the podium in the first five races of the 1981 season. However, his fortune changed at Monaco when Nelson Piquet crashed out from the lead and then Alan Jones slowed with a fuel problem allowing Villeneuve to go on by and take his only win at Monaco.
Holding off the pack
Three weeks after his win at Monaco, Villeneuve picked off his second consecutive - and final career - F1 victory at the 1981 Spanish GP. The speed of Villeneuve's Ferrari allowed him to hold off a train of four other cars, which were handling better in the turns, by just 1.24 seconds.
Villeneuve had made a name for himself in the sport by the time the 1978 season finale rolled around at his home country. It was the first race at the Montreal circuit - now named after Villeneuve - and the Canadian fans packed the stands to see if he could get his first career F1 win. Villeneuve didn't disappoint, taking the lead and the victory when the Lotus of Jean-Pierre Jarier was forced into retirement with an oil leak.
Driving on three wheels
Villeuve's race quickly spiraled downhill after the midway point of the 1979 Dutch GP. The French-Canadian had just lost the lead to Alan Jones after a spin when, four laps later, Villeneuve's tire exploded and he was sent into another spin. Instead of stepping out of the car and walking back to the garage, however, Villeneuve reversed back out onto the circuit and drove a full lap around on three wheels before making it back to the pits where the car was retired.
Battle with Arnoux
Jean-Pierre Jabouille won the 1979 French Grand Prix. Good for him. Now lets turn our attention to the battle for second, where Villeneuve traded positions and banged wheels with the Renault of Rene Arnoux during the closing laps of the French Grand Prix. The French fans wanted to see a Renault 1-2 but, while they didn't get that, they at least got to witness one of the greatest battles of F1 history.