Villeneuve, more even than Bryan Adams, Pamela Anderson or Molson Dry, is the best thing ever to come out of Canada. He made his F1 debut in a McLaren M23 at the 1977 British GP, where he deliberately span the car on every corner so he could work out where the limit was. It certainly got him noticed, and when McLaren team boss Teddy Mayer inexplicably passed on him, none other than Enzo Ferrari stepped in. ‘I immediately recognised in him the physique of Nuvolari [Ferrari’s favourite driver] and said to myself, “let’s give him a try”. There were those who considered him nutty, but he was the champion warrior and he gave Ferrari a great deal of fame,’ Il Commendatore notes in his book Pilote, Che Gente (Drivers, What Characters).