Alan Jones

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Alan Stanley Jones (born 2nd November, 1946 in Melbourne, Australia) is a Australian former racing driver famous for his appearances in Formula One.

Formula One

1976: Tyrrell

Jones joined the Tyrrell team for the 1976 season, but failed to score any points all year - his best finishes being a ninth place in South Africa.

1977-1978: Williams

Following the unmitigated disaster of a season in 1976, Jones switched to the fledgling Williams Racing team alongside Swiss driver Clay Regazzoni. A definite step up in pace from the Tyrrell, Jones scored his first points of the season at the Spanish Grand Prix. Unfortunately for Jones, his season would be hampered after being involved in a serious incident at the Dutch Grand Prix. Jones suffered a transmission failure on the pit straight on lap 67, causing his Williams to slow down rapidly. Emerson Fittipaldi, who was directly behind him, slammed into the rear of the Williams. Jones was then sent flying across the track into the path of Patrick Tambay, who had nowhere to go t-boned Jones at full speed. Jones then slid down the track before making contact with the end of the pit wall.The collision left Jones with fractured ribs, a broken left wrist, fractured left radius, fractured left ulna, bruised knees, fractured vertebrae, right ankle sprain, and a slight concussion - and as a result he would not return until the season-ending Japanese Grand Prix. During this time, he was replaced by Elio de Angelis and Patrick Depailler.

Jones opened his 1978 account in the best way possible when he took a first career win in the season-opening Argentine Grand Prix, leading home a Williams one-two ahead of Depailler. Jones and Williams then took a second one-two five races later in the Monaco Grand Prix - establishing Jones as a potential contender for the title.

Later Career

Following his departure from Formula One, Jones returned to his native Australia - where he dabbled in GT and Touring Car racing. In 1988, he entered the Tooheys 1000 at Bathurst for the Caltex CXT Ford team alongside Colin Bond. He finished in sixth place overall.

In 1989, Jones entered again - this time alongside Tony Longhurst for the Benson & Hedges Racing Ford team. Jones and Longhurst completed 98 laps before retiring with an engine failure.

Jones and Longhurst continued together in 1990.

Complete Formula 1 Results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WDC
1976 Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 008 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
13
RSA
9
USW
Ret
ESP
11
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
SOV
10
FRA
11
GBR
10
GER
11
AUT
Ret
NED
14
ITA
DNPQ
CAN
11
USA
13
JPN
Ret
0
1977 Williams Racing Williams FW05B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
Ret
RSA
9
USW
Ret
ESP
5
BEL
7
MON
7
FRA
Ret
TUS
7
SOV
Ret
GBR
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
INJ
AUT
INJ
ITA
INJ
CAN
INJ
USA
INJ
JPN
6
3 17th
1978 Saudia Williams Racing Team Williams FW06 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
1
RSA
Ret
USW
4
ESP
8
BEL
Ret
MON
1
FRA TUS GBR SUI NED GER AUT ITA CAN USA 21 2nd