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Villeneuve to take part in Ferrari tribute

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Gilles Villeneuve won six races during his career for Ferrari and was runner-up in the 1979 championship behind his team-mate Jody Scheckter © Sutton Images
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Jacques Villeneuve is to drive a Ferrari as part of a tribute from the team to commemorate his father Gilles.

May 8 will mark 30 years since the death of Gilles in a Ferrari at Zolder, with Jacques going on to give the Villeneuve name the title many felt it deserved when he won the championship in 1997. The team will has announced that it will honour Gilles on the day, with Jacques driving a 1979 Ferrari 312 T4 - the car that gave the team the constuctors' championship - at Fiorano.

"It will 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," a statement on the team's website read.

"His memory is still vivid and alive in the minds of many at Maranello; his talent, his speed, his bravery which bordered on recklessness, all go to make his name still hugely popular with our fans, even among younger ones who have only been able to see him on replays of his races or read about him in stories written by journalists."

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