Alan Jones 1980

argentina 1980

In the 1980 F1 season, Buenos Aires was again the venue for the first round of the championship, and Alan Jones’ win in his Williams Ford set him on his way to that year’s drivers’ championship. Conditions on 12 January were harsh, and sections of the track had to be relaid overnight after drivers complained it was falling apart during qualifying; unsurprisingly, the repairs disintegrated from the tenth lap onwards making the surface slippery and 15 cars retired. Nelson Piquet and Keke Rosberg were second and third respectively, both standing on the podium for the first time, while Derek Daley took a career-best fourth.

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