Enzo Ferrari doted on Gilles Villeneuve, the only driver the autocratic Italian ever embraced. The diminutive Canadian reminded him of Tazio Nuvolari, another of his favorites, who, like Gilles, would drive his car until it literally fell to bits rather than give up—real racers of tenacious character and a singular audacity, whose staggering talent could grab hold of a car by the scruff of the neck and make it do what they wanted. Gilles was fearless in a racing car….
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