Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto has joked he is “lucky” not to have to manage a driver like Gilles Villeneuve at an event that commemorated the driver’s life.
On May 8, it will be 40 years since the crash that claimed Gilles Villeneuve’s life but since then, relatively few have come to embody what being a Formula 1 driver means.
Villeneuve only won six races and his son, Jacques, went on to have a more successful career, including winning the 1997 World Championship. But Villeneuve senior was one of the most widely loved drivers in the history of the sport.
While modern drivers are tasked with being disciplined, Villeneuve was of a different era and it was this all-or-nothing attitude that made him a fans’ favourite of not just the sport but particularly with Ferrari fans.