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Jacques Villeneuve to drive Gilles Villeneuve's 1979 Ferrari Formula 1 car at Fiorano to mark 30 years since Gilles' death

Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari, Monaco 1979Jacques Villeneuve will drive his father Gilles' 1979 Formula 1 car at Fiorano on 8 May to mark the 30th anniversary of the latter's death.

Regarded by many as the fastest driver ever to compete in F1, Gilles Villeneuve only won six grands prix in his tragically short world championship career, but earned legendary status for his heroic handling of a string of difficult Ferraris.

The 1979 Ferrari 312 T4 was the most competitive car of Villeneuve's career, and he supported team-mate Jody Scheckter's run to the world title and played a pivotal role in the team's constructors' crown.

Jacques Villeneuve will drive the car at Fiorano on 8 May, 30 years on from the day that his father lost his life in a crash in qualifying for the Belgian GP at Zolder.

The younger Villeneuve went on to have a successful F1 career in his own right, winning the 1997 title.

A Ferrari statement said Jacques Villeneuve's outing in the 312 T4 would 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."

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