Villeneuve Pironi: Racing’s Untold Tragedy Trailer, Premiere Announced

The trailer for Sky’s new documentary about Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi has landed with the premiere taking place at Glasgow Film Festival.

Sky Original documentary Villeneuve Pironi: Racing’s Untold Tragedy tells the astonishing true story of two supremely gifted Ferrari F1® drivers: Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi, forever torn apart by a historic and hugely controversial moment in time.

Through captivating archive footage, interviews with Formula One World Champions Jacques Villeneuve, Alain Prost and Sir Jackie Stewart, alongside the Villeneuve and Pironi families plus their F1 and Ferrari contemporaries the in-depth story of their rise to glory culminating in that infamous and tragic 1982 Formula One season is revealed.

In the midst of modern racing’s most dangerous era, two daring Ferrari teammates were battling for the world championship, but at the San Marino Grand Prix, Pironi broke an unwritten team agreement, ‘stealing’ victory from his teammate and close friend Villeneuve on the final lap.

The pair would never have a chance to reconcile as Villeneuve was involved in a fatal crash during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix colliding with another car and travelling over 100m through the air.

At the Canadian Grand Prix there was another fatality with Riccardo Paletti crashing at the start of the race, involving Pironi.

Pironi himself would sustain career ending injuries during qualifying for the 1982 German Grand Prix in eerily similar circumstances to Villeneuve.

Although he later tested a return to the sport he would die racing offshore powerboats during the Needles Trophy Race in 1987.

Villeneuve Pironi: Racing’s Untold Tragedy is the story of two of the fastest racers in history, their brief and violent intertwined lives, and the emotional scars still felt today by their closest loved ones.

Above all it is a life-affirming film that explores love, loss, and legacy, in a sport where passion overcomes fear.

The documentary film will receive its UK premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival on Sunday March 5 at the Glasgow Film Theatre followed by a Q&A with director Torquil Jones and will air on Sky Documentaries on Sunday March 19.