MAY 8, 2002
Gilles Villeneuve - 20 years today
In the final minutes of qualifying, while trying to take pole position, he ran into the back of Jochen Mass's Rothmans March. The Ferrari cartwheeled and Villeneuve was killed.
Villeneuve, father of 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, remains a folk hero in Italy and the anniversary of his death was marked by Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo.
"Villeneuve was one of the major players in the sporting history of our company," he said. "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."