Former World Champion Alan Jones will make his debut on the FIA Stewards’ panel at this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix, the sport’s governing body has announced.
The 1980 World Champion – who provided Richard’s F1 with an extensive and exclusive interview earlier this year – will be the latest drivers’ representative to assist race officials during a Grand Prix weekend.
Jones joins the likes of former champions Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Emerson Fittipaldi, as well as former drivers Derek Warwick, Alexander Wurz, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Danny Sullivan in helping to bring a driver’s perspective into decision-making for on-track incidents.
The Australian cut his teeth in Australian and British open-wheel racing before making his F1 debut in 1975 with Hesketh. His first F1 win came with Shadow in 1977 and he switched to Williams in 1978, picking up four wins in 1979 and winning the team’s first title the following year. He should have won in 1981 and retired at season’s end, only to make a one-off return with Arrows in 1983 before making an unwise comeback with the Haas-Lola concern in 1985-6.
Jones continued to compete in Touring Cars well into the 1990s, while also fronting the Australian F1 broadcast when it was held by Channel Nine.
A forthright and direct man both in and out of the cockpit, one can be assured that Jones will pull few punches in his role in the chair this weekend, and we’re very interested to see how he goes…
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