Wednesday, April 11, 2012

San Francisco Motorsports San Rafael - Villeneuve to take part in Ferrari tribute

Jacques Villeneuve will drive a Ferrari at Fiorano next month, to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the death of his father, Gilles.

The 1997 F1 world champion will take to the track behind the wheel of the Ferrari 312 T4, driven by his father in 1979, the season that Gilles and Jody Scheckter brought the Scuderia the Constructors' title, with the South African also taking the Drivers' World Championship.

“His memory is still vivid and alive in the minds of many at Maranello; his talent, his speed, his bravery which bordered on recklessness, all go to make his name still hugely popular with our fans, even among younger ones who have only been able to see him on replays of his races or read about him in stories written by journalists,” Ferrari said in a statement on the teams official website.

“We have decided to commemorate this date in a special way, bringing together the names of Ferrari and Villeneuve in their natural environment, the race track.

“It will be a fitting occasion to evoke the memory of a man who has and always will have a place of honour in the history of Ferrari.”

Gilles, who died on May 8 1982 during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, is one of the legends of the sport and is regarded by many as one of the greatest F1 drivers who ever lived, at least in the purest form of the word.

You can relive one of the moments that encapsulates what he was all about, his breath-taking, no-holds-barred duel with Rene Arnoux at Dijon in 1979.

source: ESPNf1

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