F1 » Ferrari honours Villeneuve on 30th anniversary

Jacques Villeneuve drives a Ferrari as raced by his father Gilles on the 30th anniversary of his death in an accident at Zolder

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May 09, 2012 6:42 PM
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Over the past 10 years have read as many of the autobiography's and biography's of the top grand prix drivers from Fangio onwards, as I can.

Have to say the Best and Most Memorable for me was always, Giles Villeneuve's book.

It seems almost everyone only had a good word for him, although Enzo Ferrari (who treated him as Family) called him the "Prince of Destruction" due to his method of establishing how fast a corner could be taken!

Giles Villeneuve went through racing snowmobiles through drag racing, saloon cars etc prior to F1.
One thing he brought from drag racing to F1, was once he had secured his race start postion was to lay as much rubber on his grid place as possible, by anchoring up as he passed over it ("preping" the surface).

Also keeping the Turbo on song in corners by left foot braking and keeping his right foot on the Gas!

Sorely missed - I wish I could have seen him race......

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