1996 Jacques Villeneuve Williams Renault Formula One Rookie Season RACE WORN Helmet (German GP)
The 1996 season marked the debut of Jacques Villeneuve in Formula 1. After 2 years of racing CART in North America, Jacques signed on with Frank Williams and the powerful Williams Renault F-1 team. Jacques made it very clear from the start he was there to win. He started the season with a pole position in the Australian GP and went on to score 4 wins, 2 more pole positions, 11 top three’s, 6 fastest race laps and second overall in the F-1 Championship. This Bell M3 helmet was painted by Bell S.P.O.R.T.S. Europe in Villeneuve’s traditional style complete with the “Racing” livery. The helmet exhibits moderate wear with many chips and marks visible on various areas. The race radio remains intact and as per all of JV’s helmets extra eye port foam had been added. The drink tube is still attached and Jacques has applied his signature to the visor. This helmet has been tagged R9, by Bell trackside staff. This signifies that the helmet was the ninth helmet prepared for the season, and was used in the German GP at Hockenheim. Jacques finished on the podium in the German GP behind his teammate Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher. Also included is the original Bell carrying bag with “JV R9” handwritten annotations.
This item comes with LOA and is photo matched to both events.
SIGNED IN BLACK MARKER BY JACQUES VILLENEUVE