Alan Jones (racing driver)
Alan Stanley Jones, MBE ( born November 2, 1946 in Melbourne ) is an Australian former racing driver. He started 1975-1986 to a total of 116 Grand Prix races in Formula 1 in 1980 and won the second Australian Jack Brabham after the World Cup. Jones was also the first F1 driver, who was world champion with the Williams team.
In the first years of his Formula 1 career Jones drove for teams from the second row ( Hesketh, Hill, Surtees, Shadow, Williams). He reached first attention when he was the Grand Prix of Austria win 1977 Shadow. In 1978 he moved to Williams. When Frank Williams completed a sponsorship agreement with Saudi Arabian backers, started the upward trend of fulminant Williams. In 1979, Williams dominated the second half of the season with five wins this season, of which Jones was responsible for four.
In 1980 he became Formula 1 world champion Jack Brabham and thus since the first Australian who won this item. In the 1981 Formula 1 season, the Williams team was again dominating the field. Internal squabbles (allegedly disobeyed Carlos Reutemann in Brazil, the team orders, which should be victorious Jones) caused trouble, so finally Nelson Piquet the Williams duo snatched the world title. Jones resigned at the end of the season, but tried a few years later a comeback on Lola and Arrows, but that was only moderately successful.
The son of wealthy parents house has remained faithful to the automobile sport until today, among other things, he founded in his native Australia, a touring car team.