1973 - Magnum Ford MkIII 1600
Gilles makes his debut in the car racing world in Formula Ford provincial series. He wins seven races out of ten and becomes the Québec champion; he is also proclaimed "Rookie of the year".
1974 - Écurie Canada March Ford 74B
He races in Formula Atlantic running six races. He gets a third and a sixth position, then he breaks his left ankle in an accident on the Mosport circuit. He starts the Canadian championship again and ends being sixteenth.
1975 - Team Skiroule March Ford 75B
Gil takes part to the Formula Atlantic Canadian championship again: he runs six races and gets a first and a second position. The season ends with his fifth position in final results.
1976 - Carter Racing Chevrolet Camaro
The first race of 1976 is in the IMSA Camel GT Challenge. On Daytona Beach's raceway he takes part to the "24 hours" with another Canadian driver, Maurice Carter. They ritired after Thirty-four laps for an engine's breakdown.
1976 - Écurie Canada March Ford 76B / Direct Film March Ford 76B
A triumphant year: he wins nine races out of ten and starts nine times in pole position. He wins both the Canadian and the USA Formula Atlantic title.
1976 - March 762 Hart
First European race for Gilles on Pau French circuit, valid for the Formula 2 championship. He is tenth in practices, but retires in race for technical problems.
1976 - Chevron Ford B39
Gilles accepts an offer to race with Chevron in the beginning of 1977, in the South African Formula Atlantic series, but the new B39 is not yet competitve, placing himself only sixth in final results.
1977 - Direct Film March Ford 77B
Villeneuve wins again the Canadian Formula Atlantic championship, obtaining three wins.
1977 - Wolf Dallara Chevrolet WD1
In the Can-Am series championship he gets a pole and a third place, he is twelfth in the general final results.
1977 - Marlboro McLaren Ford M23
His debut in Formula 1 is made on the Silverstone circuit during the British Grand Prix. After having qualified in ninth position, the Canadian driver ends the race in eleventh position.
1977 - Unilock BMW 320i
In between other championships Gilles races, together with Eddie Cheever, the "Mosport 6-hour" race valid for the Endurance World Championship, with a BMW group 5. He gets on the podium in third position, having started from the eleventh.
1977 - Ferrari 312T2
The Ferrari signs him up to replace Niki Lauda at the Mosport Canadian Grand Prix. Qualifications are not brilliant, and he ends the race in twelfth position. In the following Grand Prix in Japan, Gilles ends the race before time: he gets off track after a collision with the Ronnie Peterson's Tyrrell. Outcome is tragic: two people died and ten were injuried among the fans who were standing in a forbidden area.
1978 - Ferrari 312T2 / Ferrari 312T3
He runs with the Ferrari all the sixteen Grand Prix of the World Formula 1 championship and gets his first victory in his own Country, on Montréal circuit. He is ninth in the world final results, and he also gets a third, a fourth and a sixth position in other races.
1979 - Ferrari 312T3 / Ferrari 312T4
He gets three victories in the Formula 1 Championship with the Ferrari again. He is second in the general final results, just behind his teammate Jody Scheckter. The "Villeneuve fever" starts to spread thanks to the little Canadian high number of acrobacies on track. His duel with René Arnoux in Dijon, during the French Grand Prix, is unforgettable.
1979 - Alitalia Lancia Beta Monte-Carlo Turbo
At the end of the season, together with Walter Röhrl and his co-pilot Christian Geistdörfer, he takes part to the "Italy tour" motor-race. He turns out to be the winner at the end of the stages, but is soon disqualified for some irregularities of his Team.
1980 - Ferrari 312T5 / Ferrari 126C Turbo
Once again in the Formula 1 final results with the Ferrari Team he ends being the tenth, due to clear lacks of his car. He can only get four placings in the scores area. In practices of the Italian Grand Prix on Imola circuit, Gilles makes the new turbocharged Ferrari debut.
1981 - Ferrari 126CX / Ferrari 126CK / Ferrari 126C
Ferrari abandoned the development of the new "Comprex" system and it is the year of the turbocharged engine with two fantastic victories in Monte-Carlo (the first time for a turbocharged on a town-circuit) and in Spain. On the last step of the podium in Canada, Villeneuve ends the season in seventh position.
1982 - Ferrari 126C2
Four Grand Prix with the Ferrari and then the tragic accident at Zolder in Belgium, Saturday May 8 at 1.52 pm during qualifying. His heart stops beating at 9.12 pm the same day; the greatest Formula 1 artist gets off stage to enter into legend.