“[…] The rumors gave Villeneuve willing to move to Williams and McLaren, while it seemed concrete the hypothesis that he was going to set up his own team that would also employ his brother Jacques who was following his footsteps and successes in the snowmobile world championships, in Formula Atlantic and in North American races. We were very few to know the Scuderia Villeneuve project and the binding secret was well guarded: something nebulous and indeterminate was succinctly circulated from the world of sponsors – the tobacconists -, but they seemed to be mere conjectures. […] Jody Scheckter he would be the team manager. The fraternal and trusted friend had been on the move for some time and had identified the land to build the team’s sheds and workshops. The large area identified and optioned by Jody was located in the mild Provençal hinterland between Marseille and Toulon. Favored by the good weather of the Costa, close to a motorway junction, not far from Marseille airport and the Le Castellet runway, it presented decisive logistical and functional advantages. The project involved the construction of an internal and private track, fully equipped with boxes, cameras and telemetry along the lines of the Ferrari track in Fiorano, and equipped with a water system that could move its jets of water, which irrigated the lawns of the streets. of escape in asphalt waters to simulate situations of rain and wet track.
The American John Love he would be the stable’s finance manager and director of administration and responsible for planning, research and resource management. Ray Wardell he would have been the team’s technical coordinator and in the meantime Gilles kept in touch with the various technicians on the racing fields. Gaston Parent he would be the director of marketing, communication and the procurement and management of commercial relations with sponsors with the support of the lawyer Boris Stein, from Montreal, who was preparing the bylaws and corporate documents for the establishment of the team and the company that would have had behind him. “
Adapted from Machina. 3 – “70X1 Formula 1 1950 2020 ″
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