Alan Jones -- driving a Williams -- won the Canadian grand prix in Montreal on Sunday (30 September) after a tough battle with the Ferrari of Gilles Villeneuve.
Alan Jones -- driving a Williams -- won the Canadian grand prix in Montreal on Sunday (30 September) after a tough battle with the Ferrari of Gilles Villeneuve. It was the Australian's fourth victory in the last 5 races, and Jones has now won more grands prix this season than any other driver, including the new world champion Jody Scheckter.
SYNOPSIS: The Canadian grand prix is run over seventy-two laps and is regarded by many drivers as the toughest formula one race of the season. But two drivers who felt confident at the start o f the race were the new world champion Jody Scheckter and Gilles Villeneuve.
Allan Jones -- because of a technically -- cannot beat Scheckter to the world championship, but the started off against Villeneuve with a psychological advantage -- Jones won the pole position on Villeneuve's home track.
But Villeneuve beat Jones away from the pope position and the Australian shadowed the Ferrari driver until taking the lead in the fifty-first lap. Jones took advantage of a slight mistake by the Canadian, passing him with a neat outbraking manoeuvre at the hairpin.
Jones team-mate Clay Regazzon??? closely followed the leaders, he finished third.
But the real battle was between Jones and Villeneuve. Jones was pushed hard by the Canadian and later he described the race as the toughest he'd ever driven. Scheckter, too drove a brilliant race, finishing fourth after a pitstop in the 15th lap forced him back to the 17th place.
Jones earned himself the title of the "irrepressible" when he approached the chequered flag. A marvellous win for the Williams car, closely followed by Villeneuve and Regazzoni.
Scheckter was the fourth driver to receive the chequered flag. The world champion now has 51 points in the driver's ratings.
Second and third in the championship ratings are Villeneuve with 44 and Jones with 40 points.