Ferrari have announced that they will mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Gilles Villenueve at Maranello in May. The Canadian was killed in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix in Zolder in 1982.
The team released a statement on their official website on Sunday morning, reading;
"Exactly one month from today, it will be the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Gilles Villeneuve. His memory is still vivid and alive in the minds of many at Maranello; his talent, his speed, his bravery which bordered on recklessness, all go to make his name still hugely popular with our fans, even among younger ones who have only been able to see him on replays of his races or read about him in stories written by journalists."
"We have decided to commemorate this date in a special way, bringing together the names of Ferrari and Villeneuve in their natural environment, the race track. On Tuesday 8 May, Gilles’ son Jacques will take to the Fiorano track at the wheel of the 312 T4 driven by his father in 1979, the season that he and Jody Scheckter brought the Scuderia the Constructors’ title, with the South African also taking the Drivers’ World Championship. It will be a fitting occasion to evoke the memory of a man who has and always will have a place of honour in the history of Ferrari."
Gilles raced for Ferrari for 66 of his 67 starts, taking 2 pole positions and 6 victories, while his son Jacques took the F1 title in 1997, in only his second season.