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
The aerodynamically inept T5 is a footnote. Its forebear, the 1979 constructor’s and driver’s title-winning T4, still looks and sounds utterly magnificent, a reminder of how much of Ferrari’s foundations rests on 12 cylinders. Jacques even manages a power slide out of Fiorano’s tricky left-hand hairpin. He’s clearly enjoying himself, but when I catch up with him afterwards he’s as outspoken and unsentimental as ever, never mind what day it is.
“It’s like sitting in a can of tuna, or something,” he says. “I’m amazed more drivers didn’t get hurt. There were lots of crashes, it’s just that the drivers had more respect for the limit, they had more respect for each other, they weren’t driving dirty. They were taking risks, but they weren’t putting a driver on the grass on the main straight like you see today.”