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
“My preoccupation was keeping myself alive, but Gilles had to be quickest on every lap, even in testing,” his Ferrari teammate and 1979 World Champion Jody Scheckter once noted. “Motor racing was a romantic thing for him. We were close friends, doing the same job for the same team, but we had completely different attitudes to it.” “Gilles was an honest, almost naive guy. The daredevil, devil-may-care image he had… he wasn’t like that,” Scheckter told me more recently.
“He cared about safety, and worked hard at his racing, though he could be a bit wild in the car. He was trying to win every lap, whereas I was trying to win the championship. That gave me some confidence, actually.”