Gilles Villeneuve passed away thirty years ago today, succumbing to injuries suffered in a horrific crash during qualifying for the 1982 Dutch Grand Prix. His career in F1 lasted six years, and in that time he built up a reputation for being maybe the fastest spectacular driver F1 has ever seen. In only one of those six years, in 1979, did the Ferrari team, he drove for all but one of his sixty seven F1 starts provide him with a truly competitive car. In that year he finished second in the championship to his teammate Jody Scheckter. He could have won that championship but he refused to disobey team orders at the Italian Grand Prix.
In today's internet age there is plenty of footage of Villeneuve doing what he did best on track, but very little about the man himself. The video here is of a rare public interview, where Villeneuve talks about his attitude to racing and how it is the feel from controlling the car rather than outright speed that matters.
Many people (with justification) would pick Ayrton Senna as F1's greatest driver, but for me the quietly spoken French Canadian was the greatest. Rest In Peace Gilles
N.B. The quality of the footage isn't great and has obviously degraded with age before being uploaded.