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missed by the proverbial country mile
snoreflottado from Australia
25 May 2006
This waste of an hour completely missed the bullseye. Villeneuve was
undoubtedly the most spectacular race car driver to have been born.
Australia has televised Formula 1 from the latter part of 1979
(excepting a one off Japanese GP in 1976) so I saw only half of his
short F1 career. But my most vivid memories are of Gilles. Some of
Gilles' great battles were with my countryman Alan (yawnsville) Jones
who piloted a vastly superior chassis but who's engine was no match for
the Ferrari's. The duel in Canada 79 was seat edge stuff. The pass
Jones did on Gilles when braking for Mirabeau at Monaco in 1981 was
possibly the best pass I've ever seen but not due to the Aussie. It was
the Canadian who showed the greater skill; Villeneuve on the fastest
racing line, Jones up the inside,twice, maybe three times squeezed ever
closer to the inside armco. Neither cars touched. Fabulous stuff.
Gilles & Rene at the French GP 1979! Zandvoort 1979!! Spain 1981!!!
Gilles in the wet can only be compared to, I believe, Ayrton Senna. re;
practice at Watkins Glen circa 1979.
But his real skill, the attribute which made him my favourite, had me
squealing with delight, laughing hard & holding on was the large amount
of time he spent driving his Ferrari SIDEWAYS! Clearly he loved doing
this. I also believe he drove in this manner to entertain the 100's of
1,000's of fans who used to flock to GP's & the 10's of millions of TV
viewers who were lucky enough, privileged enough to witness the wonder
that was he.
Nobody before has thrilled me so, never again will he be replaced.
As tragic as is his demise, this film is equally tragic. It fails
utterly, completely, to capture any essence of the personality that was
ps I would have scored this with a ZERO but IMDb does not have that
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