For most world champions, their careers follow a broadly similar path - enter F1 with one of the less fancied teams, catch the attention of the right people, get into one of the top cars and win the title, before maybe a couple more wins and a last hurrah ushers in retirement, legacy secured.
Befitting his reputation as a maverick, Jacques Villeneuve's F1 career went in exactly the opposite direction, making his ten-year stint in F1 appear less successful than it has been, despite posting better numbers than a lot of other champions (163 starts, 11 wins, 13 poles, 9 fastest laps).
Jacques Villeneuve © LAT
The son of one of the most revered drivers in history, Villeneuve coincidentally wore the same numbers 12 and 27 made famous by Gilles during his two seasons of IndyCar racing, winning five races in total.
He was Indy 500 rookie of the year in 1994, and became the first Canadian winner of the event in 1995 despite being given a two-lap penalty for overtaking the pace car. This led to team owner Barry Green's memorable post-race quote: "we just won the first 505-mile race!" The 24-year-old Villeneuve sealed the title at the final round at Laguna Seca, becoming the youngest man to win the IndyCar title at the time.