Villeneuve: The drive of his life
Gilles Villeneuve was one of the greatest natural drivers in Formula One. Thirty years on, Top Gear celebrates his genius...
Posted: 09 Jul 2012
I admire the guy’s honesty. His mother, Joann, is more reflective, though I can’t help wondering what it must have been like to be married to Gilles Villeneuve. Whatever else, this is a woman who learned to fall asleep in a Ferrari being driven flat out between Monaco and Maranello. It was Joann who answered the phone the evening Enzo Ferrari called to offer Gilles the drive (“We thought it was a joke”). And it was Joann who had to live with the immediate fall out from Imola and Pironi’s betrayal. Will the truth ever come out?