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ALAN JONES

AUSTRALIA

Alan Jones

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It might seem paradoxical that a character so stereotypically Australian as Alan Jones remains the driver by which a team so stereotypically British as Williams has come to measure all others.

But in their shared no-nonsense, tough love approach, they couldn't have been more compatible. The fact that Jones was the driver who turned Williams from middling privateers into world champions didn't hurt, either. Four wins in 1979 with the FW07 gave the team a kick-start, and set the scene for the five victories in 1980 that put Jones 13 points clear of Nelson Piquet to give him the title.

A fierce intra-team rivalry with Carlos Reutemann helped deny him back-to-back championships and he retired at the end of the year, notwithstanding a couple of fruitless comebacks with Arrows and Team Haas.

Alan Jones

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STATISTICS

Born2 Nov 1946
Age70
Active years1975 - 1986
Champion1980
Presences117
Starts116
Wins12
Podiums24
Poles6
Front row13
Fastest laps13
Races led24

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