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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 May 2007, 09:10 GMT 10:10 UK
Ferrari legend remembered

Gilles Villeneuve

Gilles Villeneuve was killed 25 years ago at the Belgian Grand Prix - but memories of his career are as strong as ever

Gilles Villeneuve on his way to winning the 1979 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch in the 1978 Ferrari 312T3

The Canadian marked himself out as a future star in Ferrari's 1978 car, winning a race in his first full season

Gilles Villeneuve's Ferrari leads the Renault of Jean-Pierre Jabouille at the French Grand Prix in 1979

He cemented his status as F1's greatest driver in 1979, scoring three wins among many memorable performances

Gilles Villeneuve

Villeneuve's boyish looks and warm personality belied a furious, but fair, competitor with breathtaking skill

Gilles Villeneuve in the Ferrari pit in 1980

Villeneuve had a romantic view of motor racing - and considered himself to be living a dream driving for Ferrari

Gilles Villeneuve talks to Mauro Forghieri

Ferrari designer Mauro Forghieri was one of Villeneuve's many admirers, describing him as having a "rage to win"

Gilles Villeneuve with his family on the roof of their motorhome in the paddock at a Grand Prix - left to right are son Jacques, daughter Melanie, Villeneuve himself and wife Joann

Villeneuve was an unconventional figure on and off track - he took his family with him to most races in a huge motorhome

Gilles Villeneuve in the Ferrari 126C at the 1981 United States Grand Prix West at Long Beach, California

Ferrari's 1981 car was so bad, Villeneuve called it a "a big red Cadillac" - but he drove it to two of his greatest victories

Gilles Villeneuve in the Ferrari 126C2 at the 1982 US Grand Prix West in Long Beach

In 1982, Villeneuve finally had a car worthy of him, but was killed in a violent crash before he could win the title

Gilles Villeneuve drives his Ferrari in 1982

Villeneuve drew such admiration that he became known to fans the world over simply by his first name



SEE ALSO
Ferrari's lost hero
08 May 02 |  Formula One
Discuss Gilles Villeneuve
08 May 07 |  Formula One


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