Alan Jones of Australia rounded off a superb Formula One motor racing season on Sunday (5 October) with a win in the United States Grand Prix -- confirming his world championship.
SV PAN Carlos Reutemann driving onto grid in car 28 for start of US Grand Prix
CU Alan Jones in car 27
CU Rene Arnoux in Renault
LV PAN Start of race with Bruno Giacomelli in Alfa Romeo leading and clouds of dust rise as car spins off track on first bend
SV Giacomelli leading from Nelson Piquet and Carlos Reutemann with other cars in pursuit
SV Giacomelli and Piquet with a short lead over Reutemann and others
GV Giacomelli with good lead up hill of track
LV Giacomelli increasing his lead moves around bend from a lapped car and Piquet and Reutemann
AERIAL VIEW Cars at speed around track
LV Race continues with Alfa Romeo of Giacomelli off track in distance
GV & CU Cars racing up track and receiving pit signals (2 shots)
SV Alan Jones leading down straight
LV other cars in pursuit
GV & SV ZOOM INTO CU Official waves chequered flag at end of race
LV & SV Spectators watch as Jones climbs winners rostrum (2 shots)
SV Photographers watch as Jones throws champagne from trophy over crowd (2 shots)
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Background: Alan Jones of Australia rounded off a superb Formula One motor racing season on Sunday (5 October) with a win in the United States Grand Prix -- confirming his world championship. He had an easy win, finishing ahead of his williams team-mate, Carlos Reutemann of Argentina.
SYNOPSIS: Carlos Reutemann finished the fourteen-race world series in third position. Although Jones was back in fifth position on the grid he drove like a champion, soon leaving the Renault of Rene Arnoux far behind.
His one serious challenger was Bruno Giacomelli who had been fastest in every practice with his Alfa Romeo. He set the pace early in the race, but again the Italian's promise turned to disaster when he was forced to retire on the thirty-first lap with electrical problems.
Nelson Piquet held second place for 24 laps until he spun off and ended up in a catching fence. For the Brazilian, it was a disastrous end to a very promising season.
Despite his crash, Piquet still had enough points to retain second place in the championship 13 points, behind Jones. During the first half of the race, Giacomelli built up a lead of 12 seconds, but as has been proved often in this championship, it's not always the most powerful or the fastest cars which take flag.
Giacomelli kept going further and further until he was lapping some cars only half way through.
But, one the thirty first lap he was forced to slow down and the gap began to close.
With Giacomelli out of the race, Jones took over. The two Williams drivers led for the rest of the race with Jones at one stage knocking two seconds off the two-year-old circuit record. For the Saudia Leyland team, it was fitting end to the championship and not the first time they had finished first and second. Didier Pironi finished in third place and a fighting drive by Elio De Angelis was rewarded with fourth. Mario Andretti, who had failed to score a world championship point this season, managed to take sixth place behind Jacques Laffite. It was Jones' tenth grand prix win and one, he said after the race, that he most enjoyed.
With five wins under his belt this season, Jones decided he needed a good rest. "All I want is to go home and see my wife and child," he said.