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Gilles Villeneuve only won six Grand Prix in his short career in Formula 1, but his own agonistic history is studded with events which made him a legend, an inimitable driver. Many were fascinated by Gil, but only a few could see the difference: most only guessed it, everybody in their own way. Somebody was struck by his courage, some by his sincerity, some by his exploits in helicopter or on the highway, some others by his look or his kindness.
Result was the same: affection and admiration for a man who was better than the others, either on track and out of it. This page is about twelve Grand Prix in which he turned out to be the main character; all of them have been chosen on the basis of memories and emotions imprinted in our hearts and certainly, besides his victories, there are some other important elements as, if it were not like this, the little Canadian would not be the great driver we cannot ever forget.
I hope that recollection of his exploits and re-proposal of his pictures can mitigate, although very little, the regret and the bitterness for those days that will never be back. The light is green, go Gilles go!
July 16, 1977 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone circuit
Starting grid
start
1
James Hunt
(McLaren M26)
2
John Watson
(Brabham BT45B)
3
Niki Lauda
(Ferrari 312T2)
4
Jody Scheckter
(Wolf WR2)
5
Gunnar Nilsson
(Lotus 78)
6
Mario Andretti
(Lotus 78)
7
Hans-Joachim Stuck
(Brabham BT45B)
8
Vittorio Brambilla
(Surtees TS19)
9
Gilles Villeneuve
(McLaren M23)
10
Ronnie Peterson
(Tyrrell P34)
11
Jochen Mass
(McLaren M26)
12
Alan Jones
(Shadow DN8)
13
Rupert Keegan
(Hesketh 308E)
14
Carlos Reutemann
(Ferrari 312T2)
15
Jacques Laffite
(Ligier JS7)
16
Patrick Tambay
(Ensign N177)
17
Arturo Merzario
(March 761B)
18
Patrick Depailler
(Tyrrell P34)
19
Brett Lunger
(McLaren M23)
20
Jean-Pierre Jarier
(ATS Penske PC4)
21
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
(Renault RS01)
22
Emerson Fittipaldi
(Fittipaldi F5)
23
Vern Schuppan
(Surtees TS19)
24
Ian Scheckter
(March 761B)
25
Riccardo Patrese
(Shadow DN8)
26
Patrick Neve
(March 761)
Did not qualified:

Alex Ribeiro (March 761)
Clay Regazzoni (Ensign N177)
Brian Henton (March 761)
Emilio De Villota (McLaren M23)
great britain

68 laps - 320,824 Km.


Final results:

1st - James Hunt (McLaren M26)
2nd - Niki Lauda (Ferrari 312T2)
3rd - Gunnar Nilsson (Lotus 78)
4th - Jochen Mass (McLaren M26)
5th - Hans-Joachim Stuck (Brabham BT45B)
6th - Jacques Laffite (Ligier JS7)
11th - Gilles Villeneuve (McLaren M23) at 2 laps



Pole position:

James Hunt (McLaren M26)
1'18"49


Fastest lap:

James Hunt (McLaren M26)
1'19"60





silverstone 77
Jabouille makes his debut with the Renault, but he only drives sixteen laps; Patrick Tambay makes his debut with Ensign, but he does not even cover four laps. Gilles makes his debut with a McLaren and ends eleventh. Gilles is the real revelation of the weekend, after his ninth time in qualification. In the Sunday morning free practice the Canadian turns out to be the fastest one. "We will hear about Villeneuve very much and very soon" newspapers write. After nine months, Hunt is back on podium as a winner; in his hard times he never gave up hope and always declared that victory was just round the corner. The same cannot be said for Watson, unlucky once again. The English driver, in a fantastic position, can keep the lead till a supply problem puts him out of race. That time Hunt, who was in front of Scheckter and than Lauda, wins the race as he can easily overtake Watson and at the end Lauda is the second on the podium. Villeneuve needs to face a pit stop for a check, but in spite of this he his happy about his race, even though he does not openly show his enthusiasm: "I believe I am a quiet boy, and I need something really great to jump for joy. I don't get excited very easily."










silverstone 77
silverstone 77
silverstone 77
silverstone 77
April 2, 1978 - United States Grand Prix West - Long Beach circuit
Starting grid
start
1
Carlos Reutemann
(Ferrari 312T3)
2
Gilles Villeneuve
(Ferrari 312T3)
3
Niki Lauda
(Brabham BT46)
4
Mario Andretti
(Lotus 78)
5
John Watson
(Brabham BT46)
6
Ronnie Peterson
(Lotus 78)
7
James Hunt
(McLaren M26)
8
Alan Jones
(Williams FW06)
9
Riccardo Patrese
(Arrows FA1)
10
Jody Scheckter
(Wolf WR3)
11
Patrick Tambay
(McLaren M26)
12
Patrick Depailler
(Tyrrell 008)
13
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
(Renault RS01)
14
Jacques Laffite
(Ligier JS7)
15
Emerson Fittipaldi
(Fittipaldi F5A)
16
Jochen Mass
(ATS HS1)
17
Vittorio Brambilla
(Surtees TS19)
18
Rolf Stommelen
(Arrows FA1)
19
Jean-Pierre Jarier
(ATS HS1)
20
Clay Regazzoni
(Shadow DN8)
21
Arturo Merzario
(Merzario A1)
22
Didier Pironi
(Tyrrell 008)
Did not qualified:

Brett Lunger (McLaren M23)
Lamberto Leoni (Ensign N177)
Did not started:

Rupert Keegan (Surtees TS19)
Hans-Joachim Stuck (Shadow DN9)
u.s.a.w

80 laps - 260,080 Km.


Final results:

1st - Carlos Reutemann (Ferrari 312T3)
2nd - Mario Andretti (Lotus 78)
3rd - Patrick Depailler (Tyrrell 008)
4th - Ronnie Peterson (Lotus 78)
5th - Jacques Laffite (Ligier JS7)
6th - Riccardo Patrese (Arrows FA1)
Did not classified:
Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 312T3)
Retired at 38th lap for collision.



Pole position:

Carlos Reutemann (Ferrari 312T3)
1'20"636


Fastest lap:

Alan Jones (Williams FW06)
1'22"215





long beach 78
Two Ferrari in first row; Villeneuve is two tenths back his Team leader; this could be the race of the little Canadian, who has just recovered a nasty illness (the mumps). At the end of the first straight Reutemann is in first position, but at the first hairpin bend his car is touched by Watson and Andretti. The Ferrari takes lightly down, it misses its rhythm and Villeneuve takes the lead. Less than nine months have gone by since his first Grand Prix, six months after his debut with a Ferrari, Gilles has been able to take the lead! Everybody can notice the speed of the Canadian is real, it does not stop anybody, on the contrary, the lead seems to increase. At the tenth lap this is the situation: Villeneuve is the first, Lauda is the second and Reutemann is the third. Niki is between the two Ferrari. While Alan Jones attacks and overtakes Andretti, Gilles brings his lead at two and a half seconds. At the twenty-eighth lap Niki Lauda is suddenly left with no ignition and at the first turn he goes straight forward. At the thirty-eighth lap the foul deed happens; Villeneuve finds himself to double Regazzoni: after having followed him for some turnes, he decides to overtake him in the mixed part, the most difficult of the whole circuit. Clay can't see the Ferrari of the Canadian is approaching and closes the path Villeneuve has just taken. The T3 flies on the Shadow. Gilles must give up, Reutemann has no opponents anymore and he wins.





long beach 78
long beach 78
long beach 78
long beach 78
September 10, 1978 - Italian Grand Prix - Monza circuit
Starting grid
start
1
Mario Andretti
(Lotus 79)
2
Gilles Villeneuve
(Ferrari 312T3)
3
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
(Renault RS01)
4
Niki Lauda
(Brabham BT46)
5
Ronnie Peterson
(Lotus 79)
6
Alan Jones
(Williams FW06)
7
John Watson
(Brabham BT46)
8
Jacques Laffite
(Ligier JS9)
9
Jody Scheckter
(Wolf WR5)
10
James Hunt
(McLaren M26)
11
Carlos Reutemann
(Ferrari 312T3)
12
Riccardo Patrese
(Arrows A1)
13
Emerson Fittipaldi
(Fittipaldi F5A)
14
Didier Pironi
(Tyrrell 008)
15
Clay Regazzoni
(Shadow DN9)
16
Patrick Depailler
(Tyrrell 008)
17
Hans-Joachim Stuck
(Shadow DN9)
18
Derek Daly
(Ensign N177)
19
Patrick Tambay
(McLaren M26)
20
Bruno Giacomelli
(McLaren M26)
21
Brett Lunger
(McLaren M26)
22
Arturo Merzario
(Merzario A1)
23
Vittorio Brambilla
(Surtees TS20)
24
Nelson Piquet
(McLaren M23)
Did not qualified:

Héctor Rebaque (Lotus 78)
Harald Hertl (ATS HS1)
Michael Bleekemolen (ATS HS1)
"Gimax" (Surtees TS20)
italy

40 laps - 232,000 Km.


Final results:

1st - Niki Lauda (Brabham BT46)
2nd - John Watson (Brabham BT46)
3rd - Carlos Reutemann (Ferrari 312T3)
4th - Jacques Laffite (Ligier JS9)
5th - Patrick Tambay (McLaren M26)
6th - Mario Andretti (Lotus 79)
7th - Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 312T3)



Pole position:

Mario Andretti (Lotus 79)
1'37"520


Fastest lap:

Mario Andretti (Lotus 79)
1'38"230





monza 78
Peterson destroys his Lotus in the free morning practice. He starts with the old forklift on which they has been mounted on his engine. Andretti is in pole position, close to him is Villeneuve more and more reliable. The start is dramatic: at the narrowing which leads to the first chicane Patrese and Hunt touch themselves, this last touches Peterson. The Lotus crashes against the protections and burns. A chaos follows; a wheel jumps on Brambilla's helmet, and the driver faints. Vittorio gets off very well, while Ronnie is immediately taken to the closest hospital. It is a bewitched race that day, the race is soon interrupted and the second start is given about three hours later. Villeneuve takes the lead followed by Andretti. People soon talks about a jump-start. At the ninth lap the news is official and Villeneuve and Andretti get one minute penalty. The two of them lead the race as real showmen. As long as the tyres resist Gilles is fantastic, then he needs to give way and at the thirty-fifth lap (out of the forty foreseen) Mario overtakes him. The flag waves in front of the Lotus but Andretti, with his minute penalty, ends in sixth position only and he is virtually the world champion. Victory goes to Niki Lauda who does not get on the podium. It is the eve of a sad day for the car-racing: Ronnie Peterson will die the following day for embolism.





monza 78
monza 78
monza 78
monza 78
May 13, 1979 - Belgian Grand Prix - Zolder circuit
Starting grid
start
1
Jacques Laffite
(Ligier JS11)
2
Patrick Depailler
(Ligier JS11)
3
Nelson Piquet
(Brabham BT48)
4
Alan Jones
(Williams FW07)
5
Mario Andretti
(Lotus 80)
6
Gilles Villeneuve
(Ferrari 312T4)
7
Jody Scheckter
(Ferrari 312T4)
8
Clay Regazzoni
(Williams FW07)
9
James Hunt
(Wolf WR8)
10
Carlos Reutemann
(Lotus 79)
11
Jean-Pierre Jarier
(Tyrrell 009)
12
Didier Pironi
(Tyrrell 009)
13
Niki Lauda
(Brabham BT48)
14
Bruno Giacomelli
(Alfa Romeo T177)
15
Héctor Rebaque
(Lotus 79)
16
Riccardo Patrese
(Arrows A1B)
17
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
(Renault RS10)
18
René Arnoux
(Renault RS10)
19
John Watson
(McLAren M28B)
20
Hans-Joachim Stuck
(ATS D2)
21
Jan Lammers
(Shadow DN9)
22
Jochen Mass
(Arrows A1B)
23
Emerson Fittipaldi
(Fittipaldi F5A)
24
Elio De Angelis
(Shadow DN9)
Did not qualified:

Patrick Tambay (McLaren M26)
Arturo Merzario (Merzario A2)
Derek Daly (Ensign N177)
Gianfranco Brancatelli (Kauhsen WK1)
belgium

70 laps - 298,340 Km.


Final results:

1st - Jody Scheckter (Ferrari 312T4)
2nd - Jacques Laffite (Ligier JS11)
3rd - Didier Pironi (Tyrrell 009)
4th - Carlos Reutemann (Lotus 79)
5th - Riccardo Patrese (Arrows A1B)
6th - John Watson (McLaren M28B)
7th - Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 312T4) at 1 lap



Pole position:

Jacques Laffite (Ligier JS11)
1'21"130


Fastest lap:

Jody Scheckter (Ferrari 312T4)
1'22"390





zolder 79
Surprise comes from Nelson Piquet, third time in practice. Close to him, in the second row, the new Jones' Williams. Alfa Romeo makes its debut with Giacomelli: it will end with a withdrawal for collision due to De Angelis. Depailler soon takes the lead, while Scheckter crashes the Regazzoni's Williams. At the eighteenth lap Laffite reaches his teammate and leads for four laps. Then it is Alan Jones time; the race is good for him, he gets one second per lap, but the Aussie needs to stop for electrical problems. Depailler and Laffite do again take the lead. At the fifty-seventh lap Scheckter does definitely take the lead. It is a lively race: Laffite is second, Depailler withdraws with a deflated tyre. Villeneuve, the real hero of the day, is not on podium. In the accident between Scheckter and Regazzoni Gilles is involved as well and needs to stop to change the front. When he restarts he is twenty-fourth, which means to say the last. The Canadian starts an incredible recovery, typical of a champion. Eight laps before the end he is incredibly third but at 300 meters from the goal he is left with no gasoline. He is classified seventh all the same. "Should this race have been made by Jim Clark you all would be exultant. You could at least clap your hands to Villeneuve." said Forghieri at the end of the race.







zolder 79
zolder 79
zolder 79
zolder 79
July 1, 1979 - French Grand Prix - Dijon circuit
Starting grid
start
1
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
(Renault RS11)
2
René Arnoux
(Renault RS12)
3
Gilles Villeneuve
(Ferrari 312T4)
4
Nelson Piquet
(Brabham BT48)
5
Jody Scheckter
(Ferrari 312T4)
6
Niki Lauda
(Brabham BT48)
7
Alan Jones
(Williams FW07)
8
Jacques Laffite
(Ligier JS11)
9
Clay Regazzoni
(Williams FW07)
10
Jean-Pierre Jarier
(Tyrrell 009)
11
Didier Pironi
(Tyrrell 009)
12
Mario Andretti
(Lotus 80)
13
Carlos Reutemann
(Lotus 79)
14
Jacky Ickx
(Ligier JS11)
15
John Watson
(McLaren M28)
16
Keke Rosberg
(Wolf WR8)
17
Bruno Giacomelli
(Alfa Romeo T177)
18
Emerson Fittipaldi
(Fittipaldi F5A)
19
Riccardo Patrese
(Arrows A1B)
20
Patrick Tambay
(McLaren M28)
21
Jan Lammers
(Shadow DN9)
22
Jochen Mass
(Arrows A1B)
23
Héctor Rebaque
(Lotus 79)
24
Elio De Angelis
(Shadow DN9)
Did not qualified:

Hans-Joachim Stuck (ATS D2)
Patrick Gaillard (Ensign N179)
Arturo Merzario (Merzario A2)
france

80 laps - 304,000 Km.


Final results:

1st - Jean-Pierre Jabouille (Renault RS11)
2nd - Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 312T4)
3rd - René Arnoux (Renault RS12)
4th - Alan Jones (Williams FW07)
5th - Jean-Pierre Jarier (Tyrrell 009)
6th - Clay Regazzoni (Williams FW07)



Pole position:

Jean-Pierre Jabouille (Renault RS11)
1'07"190


Fastest lap:

René Arnoux (Renault RS12)
1'09"160





dijon 79
With a striking start from the second row Villeneuve takes the lead and keeps it for forty-five laps. At the forty-sixth lap the higher power of Jabouille's turbocharged Renault gets its way; the French driver overtakes and he undisturbed goes towards victory. Arnoux and Villeneuve are left to conquer the second and the third position. Both of them have got problems with their cars: Gilles has tyres and brakes while René has fuel troubles. The curve at the bottom of the arrival straight track is the only place where the Ferrari shows its best; it is just there that Villeneuve becomes a legend with his two or three brakes to the limit. The front left wheel blocks and every time the wheel itself gives off smoke. Gilles defends himself against Arnoux attacks, than it is René who needs to defend himself. They repeatedly hit on track while the breathtaking struggle is filmed by a TV helicopter. In the end Villeneuve is the winner over the French and after the race Enzo Ferrari says: "I think the Ferrari has a great driver." Gil and Renè reply: "We had great fun!" All the other events of the Grand Prix have been obscured by such a fantastic duel, which is now in the history of the modern races.








francia 79
francia 79
francia 79
francia 79
August 12, 1979 - Austrian Grand Prix - Zeltweg circuit
Starting grid
start
1
René Arnoux
(Renault RS12)
2
Alan Jones
(Williams FW07)
3
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
(Renault RS11)
4
Niki Lauda
(Brabham BT48)
5
Gilles Villeneuve
(Ferrari 312T4)
6
Clay Regazzoni
(Williams FW07)
7
Nelson Piquet
(Brabham BT48)
8
Jacques Laffite
(Ligier JS11)
9
Jody Scheckter
(Ferrari 312T4)
10
Didier Pironi
(Tyrrell 009)
11
Derek Daly
(Tyrrell 009)
12
Keke Rosberg
(Wolf WR9)
13
Riccardo Patrese
(Arrows A2)
14
Patrick Tambay
(McLaren M29)
15
Mario Andretti
(Lotus 79)
16
John Watson
(McLaren M29)
17
Carlos Reutemann
(Lotus 79)
18
Hans-Joachim Stuck
(ATS D2)
19
Emerson Fittipaldi
(Fittipaldi F6A)
20
Jochen Mass
(Arrows A2)
21
Jacky Ickx
(Ligier JS11)
22
Elio De Angelis
(Shadow DN9)
23
Jan Lammers
(Shadow DN9)
24
Patrick Gaillard
(Ensign N179)
Did not qualified:

Héctor Rebaque (Lotus 79)
Arturo Merzario (Merzario A4)
austria

54 laps - 320,868 Km.


Final results:

1st - Alan Jones (Williams FW07)
2nd - Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 312T4)
3rd - Jacques Laffite (Ligier JS11)
4th - Jody Scheckter (Ferrari 312T4)
5th - Clay Regazzoni (Williams FW07)
6th - René Arnoux (Renault RS12)



Pole position:

René Arnoux (Renault RS12)
1'34"070


Fastest lap:

René Arnoux (Renault RS12)
1'35"770





zeltweg 79
Villeneuve provides once again an exciting start: from the third row he quickly springs forward, taking advantage of a corridor totally free at his right. After a few hundreds meters Gilles is incredibly leading the race. The marshalls watch the replay and consider the start of the Canadian to be regular. In his sprint the Ferrari's driver could overtake both the turbocharged Renault of Jabouille and Arnoux, as well as Lauda and Jones. For three laps the Ferrari number 12 is on the lead, then at the "Rindt" curve Jones overtakes it. "I knew that sooner or later Jones would have overtaken." the Canadian driver said after the race. The Australian, on the other hand, said: "Villeneuve was slower than me at the exit of the curve and I could overtake him through the trail in the slope in front of the pits." Williams is the car of the day, it is invincible and it easily gains victory. Gil comes second, Laffite is the third after having overtaken, in the last lap, Scheckter's Ferrari. Regazzoni is the fifth, but his car has a less powerful engine than his teammate's. The Championship is really uncertain: Scheckter has 38 scores, Villeneuve and Laffite 32.









zeltweg 79
zeltweg 79
zeltweg 79
zeltweg 79
August 26, 1979 - Dutch Grand Prix - Zandvoort circuit
Starting grid
start
1
René Arnoux
(Renault RS12)
2
Alan Jones
(Williams FW07)
3
Clay Regazzoni
(Williams FW07)
4
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
(Renault RS11)
5
Jody Scheckter
(Ferrari 312T4)
6
Gilles Villeneuve
(Ferrari 312T4)
7
Jacques Laffite
(Ligier JS11)
8
Keke Rosberg
(Wolf WR9)
9
Niki Lauda
(Brabham BT48)
10
Didier Pironi
(Tyrrell 009)
11
Nelson Piquet
(Brabham BT48)
12
John Watson
(McLaren M29)
13
Carlos Reutemann
(Lotus 79)
14
Patrick Tambay
(McLaren M29)
15
Hans-Joachim Stuck
(ATS D3)
16
Jean-Pierre Jarier
(Tyrrell 009)
17
Mario Andretti
(Lotus 79)
18
Jochen Mass
(Arrows A2)
19
Riccardo Patrese
(Arrows A2)
20
Jacky Ickx
(Ligier JS11)
21
Emerson Fittipaldi
(Fittipaldi F6A)
22
Elio De Angelis
(Shadow DN9)
23
Jan Lammers
(Shadow DN9)
24
Héctor Rebaque
(Lotus 79)
Did not qualified:

Patrick Gaillard (Ensign N179)
Arturo Merzario (Merzario A4)
holland

75 laps - 316,950 Km.


Final results:

1st - Alan Jones (Williams FW07)
2nd - Jody Scheckter (Ferrari 312T4)
3rd - Jacques Laffite (Ligier JS11)
4th - Nelson Piquet (Brabham BT48)
5th - Jacky Ickx (Ligier JS11)
6th - Jochen Mass (Arrows A2)
Did not classified:
Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 312T4)
Retired at 49th lap for suspension failure.



Pole position:

René Arnoux (Renault RS12)
1'15"461


Fastest lap:

Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 312T4)
1'19"438






zandvoort 79
Epic day for Villeneuve, victory for Jones, striking recovery for Scheckter (from nineteenth to the second position), praises for Rosberg, who withdrew when he was fourth, Regazzoni and Arnoux eliminated at the start, first world scores for Piquet. These are only some events, but the Dutch Grand Prix was animated, once again, by Villeneuve. Jones held out against Gilles in the first laps, then the Canadian driver overtook him at the "Tarzan" curve, from the outer part of it. The attack and the overtaking were considered magnificient, fantastic; there was no car superiority but just the personal high class of the Ferrari's driver. On the tenth lap Scheckter, who had faced a bad start due to some clutch problems, was in full recovery, he overtook at the "Tarzan" as well, on the twenty-second lap he was third already: he had gained sixteen positions in twenty-five laps! Just after half race, Villeneuve was in second position: his car spun at the new chicane due the holed left back wheel, which was slowly deflating. Two laps later the tyre suddenly explode on the straight opposite the pits and Gilles went out of track at the following curve, but he did not surrender, he went on track again and he drove on three wheels keeping his arm up to indicate the breakdown. The suspension broke and the car proceeded among the sparks created by the damaged structure. When he reached the pits what was left of the wheel and of the suspension were just a piece that could soon split. This meant an obvious withdrawal and a farewell to the World Championship.



zandvoort 79
zandvoort 79
zandvoort 79
zandvoort 79
September 9, 1979 - Italian Grand Prix - Monza circuit
Starting grid
start
1
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
(Renault RS11)
2
René Arnoux
(Renault RS12)
3
Jody Scheckter
(Ferrari 312T4)
4
Alan Jones
(Williams FW07)
5
Gilles Villeneuve
(Ferrari 312T4)
6
Clay Regazzoni
(Williams FW07)
7
Jacques Laffite
(Ligier JS11)
8
Nelson Piquet
(Brabham BT48)
9
Niki Lauda
(Brabham BT48)
10
Mario Andretti
(Lotus 79)
11
Jacky Ickx
(Ligier JS11)
12
Didier Pironi
(Tyrrell 009)
13
Carlos Reutemann
(Lotus 79)
14
Patrick Tambay
(McLaren M29)
15
Hans-Joachim Stuck
(ATS D3)
16
Jean-Pierre Jarier
(Tyrrell 009)
17
Riccardo Patrese
(Arrows A2)
18
Bruno Giacomelli
(Alfa Romeo 179)
19
John Watson
(McLaren M29)
20
Emerson Fittipaldi
(Fittipaldi F6A)
21
Jochen Mass
(Arrows A2)
22
Vittorio Brambilla
(Alfa Romeo 177)
23
Keke Rosberg
(Wolf WR8)
24
Elio De Angelis
(Shadow DN9)
Did not qualified:

Jan Lammers (Shadow DN9)
Marc Surer (Ensign N179)
Arturo Merzario (Merzario A4)
Héctor Rebaque (Rebaque HR100)
italy

50 laps - 290,000 Km.


Final results:

1st - Jody Scheckter (Ferrari 312T4)
2nd - Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 312T4)
3rd - Clay Regazzoni (Williams FW07)
4th - Niki Lauda (Brabham BT48)
5th - Mario Andretti (Lotus 79)
6th - Jean-Pierre Jarier (Tyrrell 009)



Pole position:

Jean-Pierre Jabouille (Renault RS11)
1'34"580


Fastest lap:

Clay Regazzoni (Williams FW07)
1'35"600





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Great day for Jody Scheckter and for the Ferrari because they become World Champions. Villeneuve is second having followed the Team orders and advice given to him before the race. At the thirteenth lap Arnoux had stopped: if his turbocharged engine had endured there would have been no chance for the Ferrari to win. Laffite's Ligier, Scheckter direct opponent for the world title, is on race up to the forty-second lap, then the engine overrun and forces him to withdraw. It is 4.42 p.m., Laffite goes to the pit lane and Scheckter is the World Champion. Gilles follows him like a shadow, as a faithful squire: he had promised not to attack, and he did so. The last laps are a triumph for the Ferrari and for Clay Regazzoni as well, who does great in the general enthusiasm. The Swiss driver comes a very few seconds after the couple Scheckter-Villeneuve, being satisfied to have run the fastest lap. Under the podium many joyous flags welcome the new champion. Jody knows well that if Gilles had preceded him he could have fought for the title, but he has kept his promise to help him and it is great happiness for everybody. Villeneuve is anyway happy with his vice-champion title.








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monza 79
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monza 79
January 27, 1980 - Brazilian Grand Prix - Interlagos circuit
Starting grid
start
1
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
(Renault RE22)
2
Didier Pironi
(Ligier JS11)
3
Gilles Villeneuve
(Ferrari 312T5)
4
Carlos Reutemann
(Williams FW07B)
5
Jacques Laffite
(Ligier JS11)
6
René Arnoux
(Renault RE21)
7
Elio De Angelis
(Lotus 81)
8
Jody Scheckter
(Ferrari 312T5)
9
Nelson Piquet
(Brabham BT49)
10
Alan Jones
(Williams FW07B)
11
Mario Andretti
(Lotus 81)
12
Clay Regazzoni
(Ensign N180)
13
Alain Prost
(McLaren M29B)
14
Riccardo Patrese
(Arrows A3)
15
Keke Rosberg
(Fittipaldi F7)
16
Jochen Mass
(Arrows A3)
17
Bruno Giacomelli
(Alfa Romeo 179)
18
Ricardo Zunino
(Brabham BT49)
19
Emerson Fittipaldi
(Fittipaldi F7)
20
Marc Surer
(ATS D3)
21
Patrick Depailler
(Alfa Romeo 179)
22
Jean-Pierre Jarier
(Tyrrell 009)
23
John Watson
(McLaren M29B)
24
Derek Daly
(Tyrrell 009)
Did not qualified:

Jan Lammers (ATS D3)
David Kennedy (Shadow DN11)
Stefan Johansson (Shadow DN11)
Eddie Cheever (Osella FA1)
brazil

40 laps - 313,960 Km.


Final results:

1st - René Arnoux (Renault RE21)
2nd - Elio De Angelis (Lotus 81)
3rd - Alan Jones (Williams FW07B)
4th - Didier Pironi (Ligier JS11)
5th - Alain Prost (McLaren M29B)
6th - Riccardo Patrese (Arrows A3)
16th - Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 312T5) at 4 laps



Pole position:

Jean-Pierre Jabouille (Renault RE22)
2'21"400


Fastest lap:

René Arnoux (Renault RE21)
2'27"310
Villeneuve's start is considered a masterpiece: Gilles springs from the second row, his car is crosswise and slips between Pironi's Ligier and Jabouille's Renault; Gilles takes the lead. People in the stand are literally struck dumb. The Ferrari leads for two laps; then tyres troubles slow it down. Villeneuve goes back to the pits, the Michelin are changed, he goes on track again and dashes his pursuit. The crowd is with him, but after a frantic recovery the accelerator blocks and the Canadian driver can't proceed and withdraws four laps before the end of the race. Jabouille withdraws as well and his teammate René Arnoux becomes the leader of the race and he is first until the end. Arnoux gains his first victory in a world race. The second position is for a magnificent Elio De Angelis on his Lotus. Alan Jones and the Williams look a lower tone: only a third position for the best driver (together with Villeneuve), but he remains first in the World Championship score all the same. The duel for the fifth and the sixth position, between Prost and Patrese, underlines the nature of the transalpine driver destined to become a real champion.











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interlagos 80
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interlagos 80
May 3, 1981 - San Marino Grand Prix - Imola circuit
Starting grid
start
1
Gilles Villeneuve
(Ferrai 126C)
2
Carlos Reutemann
(Williams FW07C)
3
René Arnoux
(Renault RE27B)
4
Alain Prost
(Renault RE22B)
5
Nelson Piquet
(Brabham BT49C)
6
Didier Pironi
(Ferrari 126C)
7
John Watson
(McLaren MP4)
8
Alan Jones
(Williams FW07C)
9
Riccardo Patrese
(Arrows A3)
10
Jacques Laffite
(Talbot Ligier JS17)
11
Bruno Giacomelli
(Alfa Romeo 179C)
12
Mario Andretti
(Alfa Romeo 179C)
13
Héctor Rebaque
(Brabham BT49C)
14
Andrea De Cesaris
(McLaren M29F)
15
Keke Rosberg
(Fittipaldi F8C )
16
Patrick Tambay
(Theodore TR3)
17
Michele Alboreto
(Tyrrell 010)
18
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
(Talbot Ligier JS17)
19
Eddie Cheever
(Tyrrell 010)
20
Beppe Gabbiani
(Osella FA1B)
21
Marc Surer
(Ensign N180B)
22
Miguel Ángel Guerra
(Osella FA1B)
23
Eliseo Salazar
(March 811)
24
Slim Borgudd
(ATS D4)
Did not qualified:

Siegfried Stohr (Arrows A3)
Derek Daly (March 811)
Jan Lammers (ATS D4)
Chico Serra (Fittipaldi F8C)
Derek Warwick (Toleman TG181)
Brian Henton (Toleman TG181)
s.marino

60 laps - 302,400 Km.


Final results:

1st - Nelson Piquet (Brabham BT49C)
2nd - Riccardo Patrese (Arrows A3)
3rd - Carlos Reutemann (Williams FW07C)
4th - Héctor Rebaque (Brabham BT49C)
5th - Didier Pironi (Ferrari 126C)
6th - Andrea De Cesaris (McLaren M29F)
7th - Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 126C)



Pole position:

Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 126C)
1'34"523


Fastest lap:

Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 126C)
1'48"064





imola 81
At the end of the qualifying Villeneuve conquers the pole position with an incredible fast lap. He then goes back to the pits with a broken engine. "Considering the quantity of blue smoke coming out Gilles' car after that lap - says Jones - the power of his turbocharged must have been exorbitant." But the two Ferrari are great. Gilles leads the race for fifteen laps, under the rain. He believes in the immediate return of good weather and he quickly decides to stop at the pits to change the tyres. This choice would underline his intuition if the rain stopped, but unfortunately it keeps on raining. It is then Pironi who leads to the sixty-fourth lap, until he looses the hinge of the right side. The car becomes undrivable and Piquet overtakes him at the chicane. Nelson is therefore on lead. Three laps later, Riccardo Patrese ends his recovery: from the sixth to the second place. Fourteen laps before the end Villeneuve, tireless and vehement, sets up the fastest lap of the race and then he breaks the clutch: in a bit more than forty laps the Canadian has already gained over a minute on the leading group; he classifies himself seventh. Reutemann is the third and Piquet wins. "My only problem - he declares - was to overtake Pironi."






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imola 81
September 27, 1981 - Canadian Grand Prix - Montréal circuit
Starting grid
start
1
Nelson Piquet
(Brabham BT49C)
2
Carlos Reutemann
(Williams FW07C)
3
Alan Jones
(Williams FW07C)
4
Alain Prost
(Renault RE34)
5
Nigel Mansell
(Lotus 87)
6
Héctor Rebaque
(Brabham BT49C)
7
Elio De Angelis
(Lotus 87)
8
René Arnoux
(Renault RE33)
9
John Watson
(McLaren MP4)
10
Jacques Laffite
(Talbot Ligier JS17)
11
Gilles Villeneuve
(Ferrari 126C)
12
Didier Pironi
(Ferrari 126C)
13
Andrea De Cesaris
(McLaren MP4)
14
Eddie Cheever
(Tyrrell 011)
15
Bruno Giacomelli
(Alfa Romeo 179C)
16
Mario Andretti
(Alfa Romeo 179D)
17
Patrick Tambay
(Talbot Ligier JS17)
18
Riccardo Patrese
(Arrows A3B)
19
Marc Surer
(Theodore TY)
20
Derek Daly
(March 811)
21
Slim Borgudd
(ATS D7)
22
Michele Alboreto
(Tyrrell 011)
23
Jean-Pierre Jarier
(Osella FA1C)
24
Eliseo Salazar
(Ensign N180B)
Did not qualified:

Keke Rosberg (Fittipaldi F8C)
Chico Serra (Fittipaldi F8C)
Brian Henton (Toleman TG181)
Jacques Villeneuve Sr. (Arrows A3)
Derek Warwick (Toleman TG181)
Beppe Gabbiani (Osella FA1B)
canada

63 laps - 277,830 Km.


Final results:

1st - Jacques Laffite (Talbot Ligier JS17)
2nd - John Watson (McLaren MP4)
3rd - Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 126C)
4th - Bruno Giacomelli (Alfa Romeo 179C)
5th - Nelson Piquet (Brabham BT49C)
6th - Elio De Angelis (Lotus 87)



Pole position:

Nelson Piquet (Brabham BT49C)
1'29"211


Fastest lap:

John Watson (McLaren MP4)
1'49"475





montréal
Reutemann looks remissive, Piquet shows no determination. It is raining and after six laps Alan Jones savours his victory. His tyres unfortunately betray him and he withdraws because: "There is no reason in taking the risk and destroying a car." The lead left by the Australian driver is taken by Prost. Alain as well feels he can obtain the nine scores, but the brakes betray him. At this point (the race has started for only eleven laps) Laffite is leader and he will be first until the end. Watson ends on second position, while a fantastic Villeneuve ends third having started from the sixth row. "Making up was not difficult - Gilles would say - but when the track started to dry, Watson was great and I could not resist him." At the first lap Villeneuve had hit Arnoux and towards the end of the lap he was in tenth position. At the fifteenth lap he is second already, at the thirty-eighth lap Watson overtakes him and soon after the front wing mends, hitting De Angelis' Lotus. Gilles does not stop and drives a few laps with no visibility: he drives watching the dry trace left on the track. Then the wing flies away and he protects his third position, greatly managing a car now impossible to be driven. At the end he is on the podium together with Laffite and Watson. And in front of his Canadian supporters, he just wanted to be there.





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canada 81
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canada 81
April 25, 1982 - San Marino Grand Prix - Imola circuit
Starting grid
start
1
René Arnoux
(Renault RE30B)
2
Alain Prost
(Renault RE30B)
3
Gilles Villeneuve
(Ferrari 126C2)
4
Didier Pironi
(Ferrari 126C2)
5
Michele Alboreto
(Tyrrell 011)
6
Bruno Giacomelli
(Alfa Romeo 182)
7
Andrea De Cesaris
(Alfa Romeo 182)
8
Derek Warwick
(Toleman TG181C)
9
Jean-Pierre Jarier
(Osella FA1C)
10
Teo Fabi
(Toleman TG181C)
11
Brian Henton
(Tyrrell 011)
12
Manfred Winkelhock
(ATS D03)
13
Riccardo Paletti
(Osella FA1C)
14
Eliseo Salazar
(ATS D03)
s.marino

60 laps - 302,400 Km.


Final results:

1st - Didier Pironi (Ferrari 126C2)
2nd - Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 126C2)
3rd - Michele Alboreto (Tyrrell 011)
4th - Jean-Pierre Jarier (Osella FA1C)
5th - Eliseo Salazar (ATS D03)
6th - Manfred Winkelhock (ATS D03)



Pole position:

René Arnoux (Renault RE30B)
1'29"765


Fastest lap:

Didier Pironi (Ferrari 126C2)
1'35"036





imola 82
This seems to be a lower level race; it turns out to be a mythical race. Due to a regulation matter related to the minimum weight of the car, Lotus, Brabham, McLaren, in other words the best of the British Teams, are absent. Renault, Alfa Romeo, Osella, Toleman and Tyrrell are there instead. The two Ferrari are there as well, ready for the show. Both the Renault start very fast; everything foreseen, Prost resists six laps and Arnoux forty-four. Another sixteen laps are missing. Sixteen laps of increasing enthusiasm, raising arms, shaking banners, screams. Villeneuve and Pironi keep on fighting. After having worn out the two Renault, Gilles gains the leading position at the fifty lap. Agreements were that whoever was on lead had to be on lead to the end, the "slow" sign showed from the pit-lane is clear enough, but Pironi overtakes an incredulous Villeneuve at the fifty-fourth lap. Two laps before the end Gil, determined to win, attacks once again his teammate with a hard brake at "Tosa" corner. At the last lap, at the "Mineral Waters" curve, Didier leads the race again and he wins. Behind the Ferrari drivers a great Alboreto, then all the others. At the end of the race the controversy soon starts. Gilles is furious: "He stole me the race." he says, referring to Pironi who answers: "A Team such as the Ferrari knows well that they cannot order somebody or some other to win at the fourth Grand Prix of the season..." But Gilles does not think this way and this will be unfortunately his last goal...

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imola 82
Gilles Villeneuve


He had reached the top of his mountain and for sure,  up there,  he could see everything from a
different point of view of us all, we humble ants, which have chosen to see them from the bottom.


(Jeff Hutchinson from "Grand Prix International magazine" of May 13, 1982)