Was he an indisciplined rowdy whose opposite-lock, tyre-smoking antics were simply a waste of time?
Or was he a man whose sheer passion embodied all the romantic, traditional qualities which make motor racing such a compelling entertainment?
Villeneuve drove with the Ferrari team for most of his career, having struck up a fine personal rapport with its patriarchal owner Enzo.
He was died trying to qualify for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder.
Born January 18 1950; Berthieville, Quebec.
Died May 8 1982
Formula One career 1977-82.
Grands Prix 67. Wins 6.