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
“Gilles was furious, but he wasn’t the kind of person who could keep anger alive,” Joann says. “He had calmed down. He wanted to beat Pironi at the next race, sure, but more to show everyone that what had happened was wrong. Once Gilles was in the car, he was in a zone where nothing else mattered – everything outside just disappeared. Everything. Whether it be anger or hunger... anything outside racing was chucked out. So I prefer to think there was no red mist at Zolder. [smiles] I think he would have left Ferrari at the end of 1982. For Gilles, the most important thing was trust, and if that had gone, it would have been difficult to continue.”