Australian driver, Alan Jones, clinched the World Driving Championship on Sunday (28 September) with a win at the Canadian Grand Prix, in Montreal.
GV Cars lines up and the start of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal
GV Cars on first corner and multiple crash involving seven vehicles
GV Rescue teams and men run towards crashed cars
GV Second start of race
GV First turn
LV Cars speeding down straight
GV Nelson Piquet's Brabham spews smoke and pulls off circuit
GV Alan Jones in Williams in lead
GVs Jones (still in lead) follows car (2 shots)
SV Renault Turbo driven by Jean-Pierre Jabouille crashed into safety fencing. Rescuers run towards car
GV Jones continues to lap circuit (2 shots)
SV Jabouille being lowered on to stretcher
GV Jones follows two other cars around curves (5 shots)
GV Jones on last lap, laps car driven by Jan Lammers, and heads towards finish, and takes chequered flag (2 shots)
Jones on dais with winner's trophies
Results were Alan Jones (Williams) 1hr 46mins 45.53 seconds, 1. Carlos Reutemann (Williams) 1hr 47mins 1.07 seconds, 2. Didier Pironi (Ligier) 1hr 47mins 04.68 seconds, 3. Although one race remains before the end of the 1980 series, Jones, under the points system, has an unbeatable lead. Even if Piquet wins the US Grand Prix East at Watkins Glen on Sunday (5 October) and Jones finishes out of the points, the Australian will still retain the title on the basis of having more second place finishes than the Brazilian.
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Background: Australian driver, Alan Jones, clinched the World Driving Championship on Sunday (28 September) with a win at the Canadian Grand Prix, in Montreal. Thirty-three year old Jones won the championship with a total of 62 points, eight ahead of Brazil's Nelson Piquet, who started the race with a one-point advantage over the Australian. The event was a dramatic finale to the championship race, right from the start.
SYNOPSIS: Jones and Piquet has set fastest times in practice to start at the front of the grid. When it came to the race, neither was prepared to give quarter. The Williams and Brabham cars touched and result, with the field tightly bunched, was predictable.
The pile up effectively disposed of seven cars, including Piquet's Brabham, but no one was hurt.
The second start, 45 minutes later, was uneventful, with Jones getting the better of Piquet, who like most others involved, had taken over a spare car.
When the field began to sort itself out, Piquet was in third place -- but not for long. Within two laps, he had passed Jones. Piquet opened up a six-second gap, and the margin stayed that way until lap 24.
Then, for the young Brazilian, bitter disappointment. His Brabham, demonstrably the faster car on both the day and the circuit, blew up. Piquet left the car and his world championship chance for 1980, steaming and smoking at the side of the Ile Notre Dame track.
The Piquet retirement left Jones in the lead, followed by Frenchman, Didier Pironi in a Ligier. That lead was made even more comfortable when officials imposed a one-minute penalty on Pironi for jumping start.
In the day's most serious mishap, French driver Jean-Pierre Jabouille crashed his Renault Turbo into the safety fence. It was a sad end to a disappointing season for both Renault and Jabouille, the team's number one driver.
While that drama was unfolding, Jones continued lapping consistently, conserving the reliable British-built Williams.
Jabouille was freed after several minutes trapped in the tub of the Renault. A medical bulletin said later he had suffered two broken legs, but that his condition was stable.
Jones, meantime, had been advised early by his pit crew about the Pironi penalty, and stayed ahead of the Frenchman only while it was easy for him to do so without forcing the car. When it became difficult to keep the lead without jeopardising his engine, the Australian allowed Pironi to pass, knowing that although ahead on the track, the Ligier would be relegated to a lower result.
Jones, who admits to being a pessimist at heart, said after the 70-lap race that he didn't believe he had won until the chequered flag. It was a happy climax to an often frustrating season for Jones, especially when official sanction was withdrawn from the Spanish Grand Prix which he won. The Canadian Grand Prix victory was his fourth this season.