From the archive: 1980 F1 test­ing

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Gilles Vil­leneuve sits aboard his Fer­rari 126CK dur­ing post-sea­son test­ing at Paul Ri­card in Oc­to­ber 1980. The car’s lack of body­work dis­plays not just the poor driver pro­tec­tion af­forded by grand prix ma­chin­ery of this era (21st cen­tury eyes must surely wince just at the po­si­tion of Vil­leneuve’s feet), but more per­ti­nently the 1.5-litre six-cylin­der tur­bocharged en­gine – in place of the three-litre flat-12 that had pro­pelled the Cana­dian through a spec­tac­u­lar but frus­trat­ing ’80 cam­paign – that was be­ing fet­tled ahead of its use the fol­low­ing sea­son.

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