[Video] GP Canada 1980: Alan Jones and Williams, in the most high


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the third was the charm. After two unsuccessful attempts, Frank Williams, with the invaluable collaboration of Patrick Head, came to the top of the Formula 1 in 1980 to achieve the titles of pilots and builders. The success might have come before, but the FW07 (a better copy of the Lotus 79) debuted late in the season of 1979 and his streak of wins in the second half of the year was not enough to counter the regularity of the Ferrari of Jody Scheckter.

In 1980, at the wheel of the B version of the car, Alan Jones kicked off the season with victory in Argentina. With two other wins, in France and England, and five podiums, he arrived at the Canadian Grand Prix, the penultimate round of the World championship, in readiness to secure the title in front of his only rival, Nelson Piquet (Brabham).

The brazilian took pole position with a special version of a rating of your motor Cosworth. At his side, in the first line, was Jones. when it is turned on the green light, the two rivals collided in the first corner, causing a mess that forced him to pull out the red flag. In the second start, Jones took the lead. For a short time: Piquet, forced to use the BT49 that had been used in the training, he surpassed with ease, but on lap 23 his engine expired.

later, Didier Pironi (Ligier) ahead of Jones, but he pulled a penalty of 60 seconds for having advance in the output. The French crossed first the finish line, but was ranked third. it Was Jones who rose to the highest step of the podium as the new World Champion (first australian to win the title since Jack Brabham), followed by his teammate Carlos Alberto Reutemann.