Alan Jones of Australia collected his third straight Formula One victory by winning the Dutch Grand Prix motor race at Zandvoort.
Alan Jones of Australia collected his third straight Formula One victory by winning the Dutch Grand Prix motor race at Zandvoort. The 32-year-old London based driver followed up his triumphs in West Germany and Austria and became the first man to dominate three consecutive races since Austrian Niki Lauda in his world championship year of 1975.
SYNOPSIS: Jones in his white Saudia Williams car began as he intended to finish: in front of his major challenger Gill??? Villeneuve of Canada in a Ferrari. They were followed by Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jabouille in a turbo-charged Renault. But Jabouille's team mate Rene Ar???oux of France, the fastest ??? practise, and Jones' team mate Clay Regazzoni of Switzerland both retired after they touched in the first lap.
Villeneuve snatched the lead at the end of the tenth lap when he out-braked Jones going into a tight right-hand bend. Five laps later Jones was still trying to regain the advantage.
While Villeneuve consolidated his lead championship, leader Jody Scheckter of South Africa in a Ferrari moved up from fifth to third place after Jabouille had engine trouble. Villeneuve spun soon after the lost the lead to Jones. His attempt to regain the pits for a new tyre caused major suspension damage and he retired.
With Scheckter now in second place, Jacques Laffite of France in a Ligier was third, and held on to his second place in the series.
Scheckter's fine driver to be second over the line helped him increase his slim championship lead. He nursed a faulty petrol pump for most of the race.
The win by Alan Jones gave his Arab backed Williams team four successive triumphs, started by Swiss Clay Regazzoni in Britain last month (July).