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Alan Jones: See his Wiki info, Bio, F1 career stats, Wins & Titles
NameAlan Jones
CountryAustralia Australia
Place of BirthMelbourne
Date of BirthNov 2nd 1946 - 73 years old
First Race1975 Spanish Grand Prix
Last Race1986 Australian Grand Prix
First Pole1979 British Grand Prix
Last Pole1980 German Grand Prix
First Win1977 Austrian Grand Prix
Last Win1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
First Podium1977 Austrian Grand Prix
Last Podium1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix

Alan Jones F1 Stats

Drivers' Titles1
Race Entries117
Race Starts116
Race Wins12 (10,3%)
Pole Positions6 (5,1%)
Fastest Laps13 (11,1%)
Podiums24 (20,5%)
Points Finishes39 (33,3%)
Retirements52 (44,4%)
Hat-tricks2
Wins from pole2
Frontrow Starts13
Total Points206
Total Laps5.555


Biography

Alan Jones Biography


Alan Jones won the 1980 Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship.

Born on the 2nd of November in Melbourne, Australia, Alan Jones’ racing roots began at a really early age. His father, Stan, was part of Australia’s elite class of drivers in the 1950s, which propelled Alan’s passion for the sport. Although his father was a winner of the non-championship Australian Grand Prix and had a car dealership, Alan’s racing career presented many issues related to economics.

He started off with karting, as many champions do, but it was not until after his mid-20s when he established his racing career in Europe after many sacrifices and working tirelessly.

George Robinson was vital in Jones’ initial phases in racing, as he would provide Vegantune engines for the Australian. In 1972, he competed driving Formula Three cars in different series, without impressive results. His tough mentality and aggressive driving helped him and slowly but surely he improved his craft, all while renting rooms for foreigners and preparing breakfast for them alongside Beverley, his wife at the time.

In 1973, he entered the John Player Formula 3 Series, in which he finished second overall behind the wheel of a Group Racing Developments’ 373. Alan’s father died in 1973 and Jones put the Laurel Wreath from his F3 victory at Silverstone in his father’s coffin.

Alan Jones racing the Williams FW06 Ford in Buenos Aires (1978)

Alan Jones racing the Williams FW06 Ford in Buenos Aires (1978)

The following year, he competed in the Formula Atlantic with a March 74B, finishing second in the championship. Also in 1974, he went on to race in the F5000 with a Chevron B24. Harry Stiller who was a British Formula Three champion, helped Jones get into Formula 1 in 1975, providing the Australian talent with a Hesketh 308.

Jones’ Formula 1 debut came in the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix. He started the race from 20th and retired on lap three. The race at the Montjuïc circuit is well-remembered for bad reasons, as five persons’ lives were taken away after German Rolf Stommelen crashed and his car went into the crowd.

After four races, the Hesketh car was not available anymore and Jones went on to race for Embassy Racing, Graham Hill’s team. He completed four races with the two-time champion’s team and finished fifth at the Nürburgring in what was his last start of the season.

For 1976, John Surtees came calling and Jones spent the season with the team. The results were not spectacular as Jones scored points in only three races. At the end of the year, Jones and Surtees, who did not get along well, parted ways, although Jones was the only Surtees’ driver to score points during the year.

After missing the first three races of 1977, Shadow offered a seat to Jones after the tragic death of Tom Pryce at South Africa. Jones took the most of the opportunity and went on to take his first Grand Prix win with a triumph in a difficult 1977 Austrian Grand Prix from 14th on the grid. It was Shadow’s only win in their F1 journey.

Jones ended the year flawlessly, with a third place in the 1977 Italian Grand Prix and two fourth places in a row at Canada and Japan. After almost ending up at Ferrari for 1978 (the Italian team signed Gilles Villeneuve instead), AJ signed with Williams, which was not yet a force to be reckoned with in the sport at that time.

He was the only Williams driver in 1978 and delivered the team’s first podium since it was finally established as the Williams we know today (opposed to Frank Williams Racing Cars, which was the original project). Also, he won the Can-Am Challenge Cup in 1978 with Haas-Hall racing.

A good 1978 was followed by a strong season for Jones and Williams thanks to the ground-effect FW07. Now with Clay Regazzoni as his teammate, Jones achieved his first (and the team’s first) Pole Position with a solid drive in the 1979 British Grand Prix. However, a water pump failure prevented him from delivering the team’s first win and it was Regazzoni instead who won the race at Silverstone.

Alan Jones may quit as 'disillusioned' F1 steward

Alan Jones, Williams FW06-Ford, 1978 USA GP, Long Beach (1978-1979)

Then, Jones had a streak of three consecutive wins after his great drives at Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. A ninth place in the 1979 Italian Grand Prix ended his winning streak, but he recovered and started from Pole in the last two races of the year, winning the second-to-last GP at Canada. AJ finished third in the 1979 World Drivers’ Championship, but he was hoping for more.

With 1980, the FW07B —which was a development of the car of 1979— came in and Jones made the most of it. Starting the year with victory at Argentina in the inaugural race and following up with two other podiums in the first five starts, Jones was clearly looking for the title. He was two points behind the championship leader René Arnoux after the first five races and he needed consistency to take the trophy home.

After retiring from the next race at Monaco, Jones picked up another gear for the end of the season. He won consecutively in France and Great Britain to take the championship lead from Nelson Piquet, who took it after the Monaco race.

Third in Germany after starting from Pole and second place in Austria continued his run of good results. However, a bad outing in the 1980 Dutch Grand Prix helped Piquet close the gap in the WDC to two points with three races left.

Then, Piquet won at Imola to take the title lead away from the Australian, However, the Brazilian’s quest ended desperately in the 1980 Canadian Grand Prix, where he qualified on Pole and was leading before his car, which was set up mostly for qualifying, had engine failure.

In the then called Circuit Île Notre-Dame —current Circuit Gilles Villeneuve— Jones crossed the line second behind Didier Pironi’s Ligier. However, the Frenchman had jumped the start and was given a 60-second penalty, which made Jones the winner and secured the title for him with one race to spare.

Although a win awarded nine points and Piquet was behind juts eight points heading into the final race, the title was decided in favour of Jones. Due to the scoring system of that year only counting the best five results from the first and last seven races towards the championship, Piquet had no chance. The Brazilian had already scored points in five races in the second half of the year, which meant he would lose two points —fifth place at Austria— if he was able to win the last race and it was not going to be enough against Jones.

Alan Jones, Williams FW07-Ford leads John Watson's McLaren M26. 1979 Austrian GP, Osterreichring

Williams FW07-Ford driven by Alan Jones, leads John Watson's McLaren M26. 1979 Austrian GP, Osterreichring
(1979-1980)

Jones won the last race of the year at Watkins Glen and ended his title-winning season with five wins and ten podiums.

Although he started 1981 with even better results than 1980 in the first few races, his results regressed during the year and he could only finish third in the WDC, behind Piquet and his teammate Carlos Reutemann, with whom Jones had some issues.

Jones informed Frank Williams during the 1981 Italian Grand Prix —where he arrived with a broken finger after a fight with thieves in England— that he was retiring at the end of the year. In the last race, in Las Vegas, Jones dominated on Sunday with a 20-second gap over second-placed Alain Prost.

He competed in the Bathurst 1000 in 1982. Then, he left his farm in Australia and returned to the pinnacle of racing for a race with Arrows. He tried to race with a broken femur, but promises of a big sponsor did not look clear and he did not compete for the team again.

He retired again, but then returned in 1985 with Team Haas. However, in 19 races, his best finishes were fourth in the 1986 Austrian Grand Prix and sixth in the following race, the 1986 Italian Grand Prix.

After retiring from F1 for good, he competed in the 1987 24 Hours of Le Mans with Toyota, but could not finish the race. He kept participating in the Bathurst 1000 as well as other series like the V8 Supercar Championship and the Asia-Pacific Touring Car Championship.

Later he became a media member, working as a commentator during the Australian coverage of Formula 1 and various Australian Motorcycle Grands Prix. Also, he has worked as FIA steward in some races, although he said in 2019 he was “disillusioned” with the sport and might quit.

“I think I was pretty aggressive… I took things very personally. Like if someone passed me, I took it personally... If I saw a car in front of me, that was just an object to be passed… To me it was just ahead to be passed, that was it.”

Seasons

 

Alan Jones Final Championship Results

1975197619771978197919801981198319851986
17th15th7th11th3rd1st3rd27th24th12th

 

Alan Jones F1 Seasons Summary

YearTeamEngineGP1st2nd3rdPodPoleLapsFLAvg PtsPoints
1986 United Kingdom Lola
United Kingdom Lola
Hart
Ford
160000044600.254
1985 United Kingdom Lola Hart3000003900.000
1983 United Kingdom Arrows Ford1000005800.000
1981 United Kingdom Williams Ford152316082753.0746
1980 United Kingdom Williams Ford1453210375755.0771
1979 United Kingdom Williams Ford154015381212.8743
1978 United Kingdom Williams Ford160101077120.6911
1977 United Kingdom Shadow Ford141012073001.5722
1976 United Kingdom Surtees Ford140000078100.507
1975 United Kingdom Hesketh
United Kingdom Hill
Ford
Ford
80000033400.252

Races

 

Alan Jones F1 GP Race Classifications

1st12 Times
2nd7 Times
3rd5 Times
4th8 Times
5th5 Times
6th2 Times
7th3 Times
8th3 Times
9th5 Times
10th4 Times
11th5 Times
12th2 Times
13th3 Times
16th2 Times
17th2 Times
DNF47 Times
NC1 Time
DNS1 Time

 

Alan Jones F1 GP Race Results

YearRaceNoTeamEngineGridPosRetiredPts
11719861986 Australian Grand Prix result15LolaFord15DNFEngine0
11619861986 Mexican Grand Prix result15LolaFord15DNFTyre0
11519861986 Portuguese Grand Prix result15LolaFord17DNFBrakes/Spin0
11419861986 Italian Grand Prix result15LolaFord1861
11319861986 Austrian Grand Prix result15LolaFord1643
11219861986 Hungarian Grand Prix result15LolaFord10DNFDifferential0
11119861986 German Grand Prix result15LolaFord1990
11019861986 British Grand Prix result15LolaFord14DNFThrottle0
10919861986 French Grand Prix result15LolaFord20DNFAccident0
10819861986 Detroit Grand Prix result15LolaFord21DNFSteering0
10719861986 Canadian Grand Prix result15LolaFord13100
10619861986 Belgian Grand Prix result15LolaFord1611Out of Fuel0
10519861986 Monaco Grand Prix result15LolaFord18DNFAccident0
10419861986 San Marino Grand Prix result15LolaFord21DNFOverheating0
10319861986 Spanish Grand Prix result15LolaHart17DNFCollision0
10219861986 Brazilian Grand Prix result15LolaHart19DNFInjection0
10119851985 Australian Grand Prix result33LolaHart19DNFElectrical0
10019851985 South African Grand Prix result33LolaHart18DNSUnwell0
9919851985 European Grand Prix result33LolaHart22DNFRadiator0
9819851985 Italian Grand Prix result33LolaHart25DNFEngine0
9719831983 USA West Grand Prix result30ArrowsFord12DNFDriver Unwell0
9619811981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord219
9519811981 Canadian Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord3DNFHandling0
9419811981 Italian Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord526
9319811981 Dutch Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord434
9219811981 Austrian Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord643
9119811981 German Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord4110
9019811981 British Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord7DNFcollision0
8919811981 French Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord917collision0
8819811981 Spanish Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord270
8719811981 Monaco Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord726
8619811981 Belgian Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord6DNFAccident0
8519811981 San Marino Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord8120
8419811981 Argentine Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord343
8319811981 Brazilian Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord326
8219811981 USA West Grand Prix result1WilliamsFord219
8119801980 USA Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord519
8019801980 Canadian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord219
7919801980 Italian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord626
7819801980 Dutch Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord4110
7719801980 Austrian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord326
7619801980 German Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord134
7519801980 British Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord319
7419801980 French Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord419
7319801980 Monaco Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord3DNFDifferential0
7219801980 Belgian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord126
7119801980 USA West Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord5DNFAccident0
7019801980 South African Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord8DNFGearbox0
6919801980 Brazilian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord1034
6819801980 Argentine Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord119
6719791979 USA Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord1DNFWheel0
6619791979 Canadian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord119
6519791979 Italian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord490
6419791979 Dutch Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord219
6319791979 Austrian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord219
6219791979 German Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord219
6119791979 British Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord1DNFWater Pump0
6019791979 French Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord743
5919791979 Monaco Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord9DNFSteering0
5819791979 Belgian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord4DNFElectrical0
5719791979 Spanish Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord13DNFGearbox0
5619791979 USA West Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord1034
5519791979 South African Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord19DNFSuspension0
5419791979 Brazilian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord13DNFFuel System0
5319791979 Argentine Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord1590
5219781978 Canadian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord590
5119781978 USA Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord326
5019781978 Italian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord6130
4919781978 Dutch Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord11DNFThrottle0
4819781978 Austrian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord15DNFAccident0
4719781978 German Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord6DNFFuel System0
4619781978 British Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord6DNFTransmission0
4519781978 French Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord1452
4419781978 Swedish Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord9DNFWheel0
4319781978 Spanish Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord1880
4219781978 Belgian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord11100
4119781978 Monaco Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord10DNFOil Leak0
4019781978 USA West Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord870
3919781978 South African Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord1843
3819781978 Brazilian Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord8110
3719781978 Argentine Grand Prix result27WilliamsFord14DNFFuel System0
3619771977 Japanese Grand Prix result17ShadowFord1243
3519771977 Canadian Grand Prix result17ShadowFord743
3419771977 USA Grand Prix result17ShadowFord13DNFAccident0
3319771977 Italian Grand Prix result17ShadowFord1634
3219771977 Dutch Grand Prix result17ShadowFord13DNFEngine0
3119771977 Austrian Grand Prix result17ShadowFord1419
3019771977 German Grand Prix result17ShadowFord17DNFAccident0
2919771977 British Grand Prix result17ShadowFord1270
2819771977 French Grand Prix result17ShadowFord10DNFTransmission0
2719771977 Swedish Grand Prix result17ShadowFord11170
2619771977 Belgian Grand Prix result17ShadowFord1752
2519771977 Monaco Grand Prix result17ShadowFord1161
2419771977 Spanish Grand Prix result17ShadowFord14DNFAccident0
2319771977 USA West Grand Prix result17ShadowFord14DNFGearbox0
2219761976 Japanese Grand Prix result19SurteesFord2043
2119761976 USA Grand Prix result19SurteesFord1880
2019761976 Canadian Grand Prix result19SurteesFord20160
1919761976 Italian Grand Prix result19SurteesFord18120
1819761976 Dutch Grand Prix result19SurteesFord1680
1719761976 Austrian Grand Prix result19SurteesFord15DNFAccident0
1619761976 German Grand Prix result19SurteesFord1410No Time0
1519761976 British Grand Prix result19SurteesFord1952
1419761976 French Grand Prix result19SurteesFord18DNFSuspension0
1319761976 Swedish Grand Prix result19SurteesFord18130
1219761976 Monaco Grand Prix result19SurteesFord0DNFCollision0
1119761976 Belgian Grand Prix result19SurteesFord1652
1019761976 Spanish Grand Prix result19SurteesFord2090
919761976 USA West Grand Prix result19SurteesFord19NCNo Time0
819751975 German Grand Prix result22HillFord2152
719751975 British Grand Prix result22HillFord28100
619751975 French Grand Prix result22HillFord20160
519751975 Dutch Grand Prix result22HillFord17130
419751975 Swedish Grand Prix result26HeskethFord19110
319751975 Belgian Grand Prix result26HeskethFord13DNFAccident0
219751975 Monaco Grand Prix result26HeskethFord18DNFWheel0
119751975 Spanish Grand Prix result25HeskethFord20DNFAccident0

Cars

 

Latest Alan Jones F1 Cars


Comparison

 

Alan Jones Teammate Comparison

SeasonTeamTeam MateBest PosPointsWinsPolesPositionQualifying
1975HeskethJames Hunt11110000001304
Torsten Palm11100000001120
HillTony Brise572000002204
1976SurteesBrett Lunger51040000083101
Conny Andersson8250000001010
Divina Galica5282000001010
Henri Pescarolo592000008180
Noritake Takahara493000001010
1977ShadowArturo Merzario1229010001010
Jackie Oliver1790000000110
Jean-Pierre Jarier2690000000110
Renzo Zorzi15180000002020
Riccardo Patrese3613100007263
1979WilliamsClay Regazzoni1143324130105150
1980WilliamsCarlos Reutemann117149513010486
Desiré Wilson1279010001010
Geoff Lees1279010001010
Kevin Cogan1289010001010
Rupert Keegan1943030107070
1981WilliamsCarlos Reutemann114649220278510
1983ArrowsMarc Surer1450200000110
1986LolaEddie Cheever19180000000101
Patrick Tambay4542000069411

News

 

Latest Alan Jones News



WilliamsF1's TOP 10 by Jonathan Williams - No. 3

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June 21, 2020 with 0 Comments

Alan Jones may quit as 'disillusioned' F1 steward

"Disillusioned" 1980 world champion Alan Jones has indicated he might quit as a Formula 1 steward. The outspoken Australian, who is 72, told speedcafe.com that he may step down so..

August 23, 2019 with 5 Comments

F1 with Peter Windsor - Austria2. When Williams were winners

A bonus Austrian GP Heritage Highlight as Peter Windsor records the 1979 race. Won by the devastatingly fast Williams FW07 of Alan Jones, it also featured a stunning performance..

June 28, 2019 with 0 Comments

Alan Jones 2019 Beyond the Grid interview

He’s renowned as one of racing’s toughest nuts – a driver who gave his all on the race track and didn’t suffer fools off it. And this week on F1’s official podcast,..

April 24, 2019 with 2 Comments

Marko to block Ferrari switch for Ricciardo

Mar.19 - Red Bull has completely ruled out suggestions it faces losing Daniel Ricciardo at the end of the year. After the similar rumours of 2015, a potential move to Maranello..

March 19, 2016 with 0 Comments

Manager: Raikkonen needs strong start to 2016

Mar.17 - Kimi Raikkonen's manager has admitted 2016 will be a crucial year for the 2007 world champion. Most pundits are predicting that, if Ferrari is able to match Mercedes'..

March 17, 2016 with 0 Comments

Ricciardo on course to join Australia’s F1 heroes

The meteoric rise to stardom of Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo has stuttered somewhat of late, but anyone harbouring concerns about the 26-year-old’s driving ability need only..

November 11, 2015

Tyre debate returns to F1 paddock

After a low-profile period for F1's official supplier, suddenly "tyres" and "Pirelli" are being talked about again. Following the days of tyre explosions and disintegrations a..

May 18, 2015 with 0 Comments

Webber sad to see Red Bull struggle

Two former Australian F1 drivers sided with their compatriot Daniel Ricciardo after qualifying in Melbourne. Ricciardo's huge grin is plastered over seemingly every billboard in..

March 14, 2015 with 0 Comments

Ricciardo: Marko relationship will ensure equality

Daniel Ricciardo is not expecting to slot into predecessor Mark Webber's awkward position within the Red Bull hierarchy. Australian Webber, who has left F1 for Porsche's new Le..

March 12, 2014 with 0 Comments

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