Ferrari Formula 1 star Gilles Villeneuve lost his life on this day in 1982. We recall his grand prix racing career, which promised so much but was cut short by an accident in Belgium.
Enzo Ferrari and Gilles Villeneuve
Enzo Ferrari, who founded the eponymous F1 team and sportscar manufacturer, called Villeneuve his "spiritual son".
Racing with snowmobiles
Villeneuve unusually started his racing career in snowmobiles, which reach a top speed of 100km/hr.
Villeneuve won back to back Formula Atlantic titles in 1976 and '77. Here he can be seen sitting in a March 75B at the Mont-Tremblant circuit.
Niki Lauda's replacement
Villeneuve made his F1 debut with McLaren in 1977. His Ferrari chance came when Niki Lauda left the team, two races before the end of the season.
Ferrari 312 T3 test
Villeneuve was given the opportunity to shake down the 312 T3 at Ferrari's fest track in Fiorano in 1978. Later that year he won in front of his home crowd in Canada.
Gilles Villeneuve's1979 Ferrari 312T4 van
A technical illustration of Gilles Villeneuve's Ferrari 312 T4 by our technical correspondent Giorgio Piola.
1979 French Grand Prix
Photo: Villeneuve - sitting in his Ferrari 312 T4 - speaks to his race engineer Antonio Tomaini during the 1979 French Grand Prix.
Villeneuve developed the repuation of a driver who always had time for fans and other members of the motorsport community. Here he's seen at the Dijon-Prenois circuit in France.
Villeneuve was involved in an epic scrap with Renault's Rene Arnoux during the 1979 French GP. In this photo, he can be seen driving behind Jean-Pierre Jabouille.
Villeneuve vs. Jones
Another interesting battle ensued at Zandvoort the same year, where Villeneuve made a brilliant pass over Alan Jones on the outside of the Tarzan corner.
However, he was forced to reitre from the race after his car's left-rear tyre deflated.
Villeneuve vs. Jones. Part 2
Villeneuve and Jones were involved in another fiesty battle at the former's home race, but it was Jones who came on top this time.
The slow 312 T5
The Ferrari 312 T5 of 1980 was well off the pace of the frontrunners. Villeneuve could best manage a pair of fifth places in his most difficult season to date.
In 1981, Villeneuve became the first driver to win the Monaco GP in a turbo-powered F1 car.
Villeneuve repeated his Monaco win in Spain, although this time he had to keep a trail of cars - including Jacques Lafitte, John Watson, Carlos Reutemann and Elio de Angelis - behind.
This is a rare photo of Villeneuve and brother Jacques Villeneuve Sr (not to be confused with the 1997 F1 champion). Jacques attempted to qualify for the 1981 Canadian GP in an Arrows A3, but failed to do so.
Ferrari 126 C2 test
Villeneuve can be seen testing the Ferrari 126 C2 at Fiorano in 1982. Mauro Forghieri, Enzo Ferrari, Tommaso Carletti (background) and Harvey Postlethwaite are all present in the photo.
The fatal crash
Villeneuve started the 1982 F1 season on a difficult note with retirements in South Africa and Brazil. During the Belgian GP qualifying at Zolder, he suffered a crash with Jochen Mass that eventually led to his tragic death.