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"He left us because of something incomprehensible. His fatality has deprived us of a great champion, one that I loved very very much.
People used to say that one day he'll quit Ferrari but I never believed it because Gilles and I had formed such an affection for each other we were like father and son.

My past is scarred with grief ...father, mother, brother, sister, wife ...my life is full of sad memories. I look back and I see my loved ones ...and among my loved ones I see the face of this great man: Gilles Villeneuve."
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Enzo Ferrari on the death of Gilles Villeneuve

"Gilles has gone, and with him the light of genius in Grand Prix racing. In time, of course, another star will emerge, but it will never twinkle with the same intensity again. We are back to normality once more. The impossible cannot happen."
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Nigel Roebuck, Autocourse 1982

" He's different from the rest of us, on a separate level ... "
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Jacques Laffite describing Gilles

" Gilles was the perfect racing driver ... with the best talent of all of us.”
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Niki Lauda

"I think I've proved that, in equal cars, if I want someone to stay behind me... well, I think he stays behind..."
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Villeneuve discussing his disputed race with Pironi - Imola, 1982

"I don't have any fear of a crash. No fear of that. Of course, on a fifth gear corner with a fence outside, I don't want to crash. I'm not crazy. But if its near the end of practice, and you're trying for pole position maybe, I guess you can squeeze the fear ..."
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Gilles Villeneuve on Fear

"the High Priest of Destruction"
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as he was called by the commendatore himself, Enzo Ferrari

"He will remain as a member of the family of the truly great drivers in auto racing history.  Mr Enzo Ferrari, who is an authority on these matters, has compared Villeneuve to Tazio Nuvolari. Nuvolari in my younger days was the great idol. All drivers wanted to equal the great Nuvolari. They struggled to match but could only imitate him.  To be compared to Nuvolari is to receive the highest praise.

Villeneuve did not race to finish, he did not race for points. He raced to win. Although small in stature he was a giant."
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Juan Manuel Fangio

"Oh, I think he's superb, and I believe he'll get better and better. At the moment he still makes mistakes, misses the odd apex, gets up on a curb, uses a little too much road on the way out sometimes, but I'm being hypercritical here. His level of natural talent is phenomenal - there's real genius in his car control."
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Jackie Stewart - commenting on Gilles during the middle of the 1979 season

"It's strange how the time flies... 20 years have gone by and I still can feel the incredible sensations I had when my father took me to watch the 1981 Spanish GP... That was the most perfect way to enter in the motorsport world..."
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António Sousa

"For some of us, racing was never quite the same again. While Gilles didn't have the numbers of many others and some considered his style a  conspicuous lack thereof, he almost made me imagine what it would have been like if Tazio Nuvolari had raced in the modern era. Tough as nails, foot to the floor, tail hung out through the corners, a great sportsman, a cheerful competitor, and a Racer. Perhaps he was already obsolete. But, to those of us who were fortunate enough to see him in action, he was what we always imagined a Racer should be.

He was fair and square and fun to watch. We already knew that we would never see his likes ever again. I always imagined that only Bernd Rosemayer, Tazio Nuvolari, and Gilles could wring the maximum out of an Auto Union type C or D... and that is exactly what he is doing."

Rest in Peace, Gilles... even after all these years you are missed.
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Don Capps - Atlas Formula One Journal

"Villeneuve was one of the major players in the sporting history of our Company..."  "I recall he was gifted with courage which seemed to have no limit. His sporting achievements and his approach to life away from the race track endeared him, not only to Ferrari followers, but also to all motor sport fans. We will never forget him."
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Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo - 05/08/2002

"Gilles was the last great driver.  The rest of us are just a bunch of good professionals."
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Alain Prost
Last Run
by Thierry Thompson

Gilles Villeneuve exiting the Ferrari 126, the car he drove at his last F1 race, the 1982 Belgium GP.

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Tip Top
by Thierry Thompson

Gilles Villeneuve winning the 1982 Monaco GP in the Ferrari 126CK

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That Day in the Rain at Watkins Glen
by Thierry Thompson

Gilles Villeneuve's famous victory in the rain
soaked 1979 USGP.

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At The Beach
by Thierry Thompson

Gilles Villeneuve in a power slide with the Ferrari 312T5 during the 1979 Long Beach GP.

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