Alan Jones Williams-Ford
1980 Formula 1 World Champion
A fantastic 1980 F1 season 2 dvd boxset featuring extended race highlights
commentator is Murray Walker-BBC
Times are as follows
Argentina 45 mins
Brazil 18 mins
Sth Africa 44 mins
USA 24 mins
Belgium 29 mins
Monaco 55 mins
France 27 mins
Great britain 34 mins
Germany 26 mins
Austria 29 mins
Netherlands 34 mins
Italy 33 mins
Canada 41 mins
USA 25 mins
The opening five races of the 1980 Formula 1 season saw four different winners from four different teams. The championship battle was between Alan Jones, Nelson Piquet and René Arnoux.
Reutemann Wins Chaotic Monaco Grand Prix
With only 20 cars allowed to start the Monaco Grand Prix qualifying was a fraught affair. John Watson was a high profile victim, failing to make the cut in his McLaren. Didier, winner of the previous race in Belgium, claimed pole and led early on from Alan Jones in the Williams. The first corner saw Derek Daly trigger a spectacular accident when he rammed Bruno Giacomelli’s Alfa-Romeo. Daly’s Tyrrell became airborne, eventually landing on his hapless team-mate Jean-Pierre Jarier, fortunately without causing injury. Both Pironi and Jones eventually retired, gifting the win to Carlos Reutemann’s Williams. Jacque Laffite’s Ligier finished second with Nelson Piquet’s Brabham third. The irrepressible Gilles Villeneuve somehow managed to drag his Ferrari round to finish fifth.
The Spanish Grand Prix was scheduled to take place after Monaco but the fierce political war being fought within Formula 1 at the time saw it declared a non-championship event. The major constructors (Ferrari, Renault and Alfa-Romeo), who sided with the governing body FISA, refused to take part, leaving it to the smaller Ford-powered teams who supported FOCA, with Bernie Ecclestone as their spokesman.
Jones Wins French and British Formula 1 Races
Everyone was present for the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard. Ligier had steadily been improving as the 1980 season progressed and Laffite was fastest in qualifying. He led the race from Arnoux, before Pironi in the other Ligier relieved the Renault driver of second place. Despite their pace neither Ligier driver could hold off a charging Jones, who won for Williams. Pironi finished second and Laffite third.
Ligier set the pace again during qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, with Pironi on pole ahead of team-mate Laffite. Once again the French outfit was denied victory, with wheel problems eliminating both cars. This left the way clear for Jones to score another victory in his Williams. Piquet kept up the pressure on the Australian in their championship battle by finishing second, with Reutemann’s Williams third.
Throughout the summer of 1980 the Formula 1 title battle raged between Alan Jones and Nelson Piquet. Ligier also showed excellent form while Renault’s turbo cars proved fast but fragile.
Laffite Wins German Grand Prix
There was a sombre mood in the Formula 1 paddock at Hockenheim, following the death of Patrick Depailler. Jones started from pole but it was Jean-Pierre Jabouille’s Renault which set the pace initially, before retiring with engine failure. Jones eventually finished third, behind the other Williams of Carlos Reutemann and race winner Jacques Laffite. Bruno Giacomelli finished a brave fifth on the circuit where his team-mate had died just days previously.
Jabouille and Renault Win Austrian Formula 1 Race
Jabouille’s luck finally turned at the Austrian Grand Prix, where his Renault held together for the duration. Williams continued to score important points, with Jones second and Reutemann third. Piquet had a disappointing weekend, only coming home fifth in his Brabham.
Piquet Victorious at Zandvoort and Imola
Renault dominated qualifying at Zandvoort, with Arnoux on pole ahead of Jabouille. At the start, however, Jones outfoxed both of them. Starting from fourth the Australian led by the exit of turn one. His lead was short lived, as Jones pitted at the end of the first lap with damaged ground-effect skirts. Piquet quickly assumed the lead and went on to score his maiden Formula 1 victory. Arnoux finished second with Laffite’s Ligier third, while Jones finished out of the points.
The Italian Grand Prix was held at Imola in 1980, instead of its usual home at Monza. Ferrari tried their new turbo engine in practice but it was not a happy weekend for the team. Jody Scheckter suffered a huge accident in practice on the approach to the Tosa corner. Gilles Villeneuve went off at the same place in the race, the impact leaving the French-Canadian temporarily blinded. Piquet scored his second consecutive win, taking the championship points lead from Jones who finished second. Reutemann stormed through from the back of the field to finish third.
1980 Formula One season
The 1980 Formula One season included the 31st FIA Formula One World Championship season, which commenced on January 13, 1980, and ended on October 5 after fourteen races. Although not counting towards the World Championship, the Spanish Grand Prix was also run, on June 1, and was won by Alan Jones in a Williams, marking the team's first of many constructors and drivers championships. Frenchman Patrick Depailler lost his life on August 1 while testing at Hockenheim.
Drivers and constructors
1980 Constructors Championship final standings
1980 Drivers Championship final standings
Non-classified finish (NC)
|Purple||Did not finish (Ret)|
|Red||Did not qualify (DNQ)|
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
|White||Did not start (DNS)|
|Race cancelled (C)|
|Light blue||Practiced only (PO)|
|Friday test driver (TD)|
(from 2003 onwards)
|Blank||Did not practice (DNP)|
|Did not arrive (DNA)|
|Withdrew entry before the event (WD)|
Non-Championship race results
Another Formula One race was also held in 1980, which did not count towards the World Championship.
Only the best 5 results from the first 7 races and the best 5 results
from the last 7 races counted towards the Drivers' Championship. If
different to Championship points, total points scored are shown in
- This is the most recent season in which neither McLaren or Ferrari won a race.