5 of the Greatest Moments of Gilles Villeneuve's Formula 1 Career

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5 of the Greatest Moments of Gilles Villeneuve's Formula 1 Career
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On May 8, 1982, Gilles Villeneuve lost his life in a dreadful crash during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix. He was 32.

Villeneuve's death shocked the F1 world. Widely considered one of the most talented drivers to set foot in a car, Gilles is and always will be the only proof needed that statistics are a poor judge of excellence.

Never world champion, he won only six races and finished in the points a mere 21 times. But just a few moments watching him on the circuit were enough to tell you how good he was.

His fellow drivers agreed. In Autosport's 2009 poll of 217 past and then-present drivers, Villeneuve was ranked the 10th-greatest driver of all time.

On the anniversary of Villeneuve's death, here are videos of five of the greatest moments of his F1 career.

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