|F1 racing: 1977-1982||F1 racing: 1984-1994|
|Best Championship: 2nd place in 1979||World Championship: 3 times - 1988, 1990, 1991|
|Race starts: 67||Race starts: 161|
|Wins: 6||Wins: 41|
|Podium finishes: 13||Podium finishes: 80|
|Pole positions: 2||Pole positions: 65|
|Front row starts: 8||Front row starts: 87|
|Fastest laps: 8||Fastest laps: 19|
|Points: 107||Points: 610|
|Total GP laps: 3 282||Total GP laps: 8 219|
|Total GP Kms: 15 196||Total GP Kms: 37 933|
|GPs in the lead: 18||GPs in the lead: 86|
|Times in the lead: 22||Times in the lead: 107|
|Laps in the lead: 499||Laps in the lead: 2954|
|Kms in the lead: 2 048.397||Kms in the lead: 13 524.623|
|First Grand Prix: 1977 British GP||First Grand Prix: 1984 Brazilian GP|
|First championship point: 1978 Belgian GP||First championship point: 1984 South African GP|
|First win: 1978 Canadian GP||First win: 1985 Portuguese GP|
|Last win: 1981 Spanish GP||Last win: 1993 Australian GP|
|Last Grand Prix start: 1982 San Marino GP
||Last Grand Prix start: 1994 San Marino GP
Gilles Villeneuve Museum (in French, Spanish, Italian); Virtual Museum (in English French, Italian)
Tribute to Gilles Villeneuve (unofficial site which includes criticism of CBC TV's special news flashback, on the 14th anniversary of Gilles Villeneuve's death) - Ventisetterosso (beautiful site in tribute to Villeneuve, in Italian and in English, the name of the site inspired by Gilles' Ferrari, number 27).
A World Celebrity – very interesting 1975 CBC TV interview with Gilles Villeneuve. Canada seems to have just realized, at that time, that they had a world celebrity. So they are curious to know about Joseph Gilles Henri Villeneuve, who is asked a wide variety of questions: about his career, his life, his family, F1, and more. We can hear Gilles Villeneuve talk about Jacques, whom he tells was eight years old, then, and add that, if Jacques wanted to be a race driver, he would be very happy for it.
On the CBC TV news (May 9, 1982), Canada in shock at Gilles Villeneuve's death (the news include interviews with his father and a few people who used to know Gilles, in his home town).
Death of a Legend – CBC Radio news announcing Gilles Villeneuve's death to Canadians.
Adieu, Gilles – CBC TV's memories of Canada bidding Gilles Villeneuve goodbye (May 12, 1982).
A breathtaking wheel to wheel battle made the 56th French GP (1979) truly memorable: Gilles Villeneuve and René Arnoux relentlessly battle each other for over two laps, all the way to the final flag, in a most exciting fashion! The Canadian took second place in his Ferrari, a mere 24⁄100ths ahead of a then much superior turbo-charged Renault, driven by the Frenchman. (That Grand Prix was won by Jean Pierre Jabouille, in the other Renault car.)
That same memorable battle staged by G.Villeneuve and Arnoux, in France, 1979, can alternatively be witnessed at this link.
Or it can be downloaded in an .AVI file. (Should this file not play on your installed Media Player, you just need to download the VLC media player and the clip will play. Brief information on this free software is available on the External Links page.)
The above described unforgettable battle was of course also reported on the CBC Radio, along with an interview with Gilles Villeneuve.
Additionally, other Gilles Villeneuve recorded memories, including interviews, are amid the CBC Radio archives, all of which are free to access.
In Niki Lauda's words, Gilles Villeneuve was the perfect racing driver [...] with the best talent of all of us. Whereas in Jody Scheckter's, in a moving address at Gilles' funeral, [...] he has not gone. The memory of what he has done, what he achieved, will always be there. Yes, true words. Jody Scheckter, who had been Gilles Villeneuve's team-mate, also shared on that day: I will miss Gilles for two reasons. First, he was the fastest driver in the history of motor racing. Second, he was the most genuine man I have ever known.
Gilles Villeneuve sadly did not live long enough to take the F1 World crown, though very few doubt he would have, had he continued competing. But like Sir Stirling Moss and Jackie Ickx, who likewise ended up not winning an F1 Championship, Gilles' name will always figure among the greatest F1 drivers of all times, and will always be uttered with the same respect as those names figuring on the list of F1 Champions.
Gilles Villeneuve related quotes at Wikiquote & Wikipedia. See the F1 Quotes pages, too.
Ayrton Senna Memorial - Institute - Brazilian site (in Portuguese, only–though announced as Ayrton's official site, it is a site on Ayrton, rather than offering content by Ayrton) - Unofficial Virtual Museum (Japan) - The Senna Files
Senna's brief biography Tribute to Ayrton Senna Ayrton Senna memorial Senna, the greatest A Tribute to Senna by J.Morelli are among many other tributes to the unforgettable Ayrton Senna da Silva.
Ayrton Senna interviewed by Jackie Stewart.
So many other Senna memories can be found on-line. Among these, you may experience going on board, with him, for pole, or recall a curious incident (a row that Senna once gave a young Michael Schumacher for reckless driving), or be reminded that this exceptional driver conquered the status and respect he will always enjoy, by working hard and not bending at adversity. For example, when the McLaren team had clearly started to decline, after having lost its Honda power, Ayrton found himself without a car in which his usual determination and speed would suffice: he battled both Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher to the limit, finally to be overtaken by each. Senna's last lap at Imola can be viewed at this link.
At Paul's web site, you can briefly recall the highlights of Senna's career, as well as read an informative summary, which also includes the investigation & trial carried out in the aftermath of Senna's tragic accident.
At Senna's memorial service, in São Paulo, an estimated crowd of one million lined the streets to give him their salute.
Quite different from the current F1 days, when it has been long since an F1 Champion and his team-mate would battle each other relentlessly, Senna's rivalry with team-mate Alain Prost marked a remarkable F1 era. You can download some breathtaking battles of the legendary Senna-Prost rivalry, which reached its peak in 1989..
Prost's merits are incontestable, as were Senna's. Their 1989 Season, in which both drivers were always near each other (as usual), illustrates how closely these two really fought: Prost became the crowned Champion, even though Senna had more wins. In fact, the Frenchman did not manage to beat Senna in the races that his Brazilian team-mate drove to the final flag, throughout that year–Senna had 6 DNF's, in 1989, 3 by crashing out, 3 due to mechanical failure, in the largest majority of which, he had likewise been ahead of team-mate Prost, when retiring.
Bare numbers, deprived of their actual contexts, evidently fail to retell stories accurately. For example, in six years at McLaren, Prost collected 10 poles & 29 wins, versus Senna's 45 poles & 34 wins, in as many years. In truth, Senna & Prost were very different drivers–as today Kimi Räikkönen & Fernando Alonso also are, should an approximate analogy be helpful. The fact that Senna had twice as many poles as Prost, in all, but Prost twice as many fastest race laps as Senna, in all, may be helpful in evoking the sharply contrasting styles involved in that memorable rivalry, in which both drivers nurtured a ton of respect for each other.
In 1984, before conquering his fame and reputation, the then rookie Senna astonished the F1 world with a truly memorable drive, on a drenched Monaco track. No one doubts that Senna would have taken his first F1 victory then (over his future rival, Alain Prost, albeit Senna's then driving an inferior car)...were it not for Jackie Ickx, the race director, to call the race off, responding to Prost's many desperate gestures appealing for the race to be red-flagged on account of the weather (treacherous from the start), as a young Ayrton Senna, drawing nearer and nearer, was at the verge of snatching that victory from Prost's hands.
Ayrton Senna related media at Wikimedia & related quotes at Wikiquote. See the F1 Quotes pages, too.
|The Ayrton Senna Institute, located in São Paulo but with headquarters in London, has been applying the funds raised with the image of Brazil's greatest race driver in support of educational projects for disadvantaged children, since the Institute's foundation in 1994. (See, on-line, article published by The Times of London on the Senna brand and the Ayrton Senna Institute.)|
|The number of those in need increasing day by day, as the World population soars, it is pertinent to mention that Senna's compatriot & friend, Rubens Barrichello, has a charity institution which he started with racing fellow compatriot and 2004 IRL Champion Tony Kanaan: it is the Barrichello Kanaan Institute (reference in English).|
|I have never got out of a car and said I could have tried harder.||Racing, competing, is in my blood. It's part of me.|
|1950 1982||1960 1994|
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