Ferrari to commemorate Gilles Villeneuve’s 30th death anniversary
There have been several Formula 1 drivers that have left a lasting impression in the minds and hearts of racing enthusiasts, but none so like Gilles Villeneuve. This driver of French Canadian origin was renowned for his exceptional driving skills. Gilles Villeneuve had a special ability to dominate lap times.
His exceptional maneuverability at sideways and bends in difficult driving circuits made him a household name in Formula 1 circles. Gilles died in a tragic crash in a qualifying race for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix. His exploits in the Formula 1 remain fresh in the minds of fans.
With Gilles’ 30th death anniversary near, Ferrari along with Giles’ son Jacques have planned a tribute event in honor of the racing legend. The event will be held in Maranello, Fiorano test track. On May 8, former F1 World Champion, Jacques Villeneuve will be behind the wheels of the Ferrari 312 T4 that Gilles had driven to three victories.
Gilles, thirty years on
Exactly one month from today, it will be the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Gilles Villeneuve. His memory is still vivid and alive in the minds of many at Maranello; his talent, his speed, his bravery which bordered on recklessness, all go to make his name still hugely popular with our fans, even among younger ones who have only been able to see him on replays of his races or read about him in stories written by journalists. We have decided to commemorate this date in a special way, bringing together the names of Ferrari and Villeneuve in their natural environment, the race track.
On Tuesday 8 May, Gilles’ son Jacques will take to the Fiorano track at the wheel of the 312 T4 driven by his father in 1979, the season that he and Jody Scheckter brought the Scuderia the Constructors’ title, with the South African also taking the Drivers’ World Championship. It will be a fitting occasion to evoke the memory of a man who has and always will have a place of honour in the history of Ferrari.