EXCLUSIVE: ‘I was a proper fanboy’ – Jeremy Clarkson on his racing hero Gilles Villeneuve

Every F1 fan has their favourite driver growing up. Sir Jackie Stewart was a Juan Manuel Fangio fanatic. Sir Lewis Hamilton revered Ayrton Senna. But for Jeremy Clarkson, star of shows including Top Gear, The Grand Tour and, latterly, Amazon Prime’s Clarkson’s Farm, there was only ever one F1 driver who was worth a damn: Gilles Villeneuve. Forty years on from the Canadian’s tragic death at Zolder on May 8, 1982, Clarkson opens up to F1.com Senior Editor Greg Stuart about the roots of his deep-seated adulation for one of F1’s most unique drivers.

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