Gilles Villeneuve commemorated in new family interview on 40th anniversary of F1 star’s death
Exclusive interview footage with the Villeneuve family captured as part of the upcoming documentary “Villeneuve Pironi”, which will tell the amazing story of two extremely gifted Ferrari drivers; the Miami GP is live on Sky Sports F1 this weekend
Last update: 04/05/22 20:41
40 years after the death of Gilles Villeneuve, his wife Joann tells what her husband was like.
This weekend’s Miami Grand Prix will take place on May 8, which marks 40 years to the day since Canadian racing driver Gilles Villeneuve tragically lost his life.
The Ferrari driver was killed in a crash during the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder, aged 32, and his family marked the occasion with a poignant and powerful interview about the racing icon’s legacy. race.
Exclusive footage from the interview was captured as part of the upcoming documentary ‘Villeneuve Pironi’which will tell the astonishing story of two gifted Ferrari drivers: Villeneuve and Didier Pironi, forever torn apart by a historic and extremely controversial moment.
It is produced by Noah Media Group and Sky Studios for Sky and NBCUniversal and is due out later this year.
In the footage, shot at the recent Italian Grand Prix at Imola – the scene of the ‘defining moment of tragedy’Villeneuve Pironi’ story – Gilles’ wife, Joann, speaks eloquently about his life and his legacy as a runner.
“Gilles believed the edge is where you need to be,” she said. “For him, the best thing was to embrace the guardrails.”
His daughter Mélanie and his son Jacques, F1 world champion, also appear in the documentary.
Along with the first look images, images of Joann at Imola and a file image of Gilles with the family at the peak of his racing career have also been released to mark 40 years since his death.
Charismatic and outspoken, the Canadian rose from humble roots to fulfill his dream of racing in Formula 1. Naturally talented, Villeneuve’s fearless racing style has thrilled sports purists and captured the imagination of fans around the world. The beloved ‘surrogate son’ of legendary Enzo Ferrari, in the early 1980s Gilles seemed destined to dominate F1 for the famed Italian team.
Imola in April 1982 was the site of the now infamous “betrayal” between Ferrari teammates Gilles and Didier. It marked one of the most controversial moments in sports history and ‘Villeneuve Pironi’ will tell this amazing story for the first time with the support of both families.
Mélanie Villeneuve added: “We are delighted to work with Noah Media Group for the production of this docu-film. John Mckenna, Torquil Jones and the entire team at Noah have done an amazing job, researching extensively, providing high quality interviews and footage to tell a story that is important to my family.