30 years ago this month, motorsport lost one of its most exciting drivers. Gilles Villeneuve had never won a Formula 1 world title, but he was a firm crowd favourite thanks to his incredible car control and exhilarating style. He always pushed as hard as possible, even when his car was falling apart (see 1.35 of this great highlights package).
On May 8, 1982, Gilles Villeneuve was killed at the Zolder circuit during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix. He left behind a family, including young son Jacques, would go on to become Formula 1 World Champion in 1997.
To mark 30 years since Gilles’ passing, Ferrari invited Jacques Villeneuve to its Fiorano test track in Italy, to drive his father’s 1979 Ferrari 312 T4. Watched by Ferrari staff including current F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, as well as Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo, Jacques completed several laps – not at the same frenetic pace as his father no doubt would have done, but enough to provoke an emotional reaction from onlookers when he stepped out of the car.
Thanks to MotorsportRetro.