Team-mate or Traitor??

Ultimate betrayal

In the closing stages of the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola in 1982 Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi (both driving for Ferrari) were lining up for a thrilling One-Two finish in front of their home crowd.  Back in 1982 F1 cars were notoriously unreliable, fragile and prone to break down or run out of fuel.   With 15 laps left to run, the Ferrari team ordered their drivers to slow down to ensure the cars got to the finish.  One school of thought is that Villeneuve believed this meant they should maintain their positions and as a result they should “hold station” and finish without racing each other.  On the other hand, Pironi’s view was that they were still free to race each other and as a result he duly passed Villenuve a couple of laps later. Continue reading “Team-mate or Traitor??”