Joseph Gilles Henri Villeneuve, better known as Gilles Villeneuve, passed away May 8th, 1982 in a crash during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder.
The memory of Gilles Villeneuve is still vivid and alive in the minds of many; his talent, his speed, his bravery which bordered on recklessness, all go to make his name still hugely popular with motorsport fans, even among younger ones who have only been able to see him on replays of his races or read about him in stories.
Ferrari will commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death in a special way, bringing together the names of Ferrari and Villeneuve in their natural environment, the race track.
On Tuesday 8th May, Ferrari will place Gilles’ son Jacques at the wheel of the Ferrari 312 T4 driven by his father in 1979, the season that he and Jody Scheckter brought the Scuderia the Constructors’ title, with the South African also taking the Driver’s World Championship. Jacques Villeneuve will drive the 312 T4 around Fiorano track, 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.