Legends Of The Sport
Formula 1 Print 1980 - Gilles Villeneuve spinning his Ferrari 312T5 at the 1980 Italian Grand Prix at Imola, Italy
Gilles Villeneuve (CAN) spinning out in his Ferrari 312T5, due to a tyre failure, at the 1980 Italian Grand Prix at Imola on September 14th. Nelson Piquet (BRA) driving a Brabham BT49 won the race by more than 28 seconds from Drivers' Championship points leader Alan Jones (AUS), who still achieved fastest lap, driving a Williams FW07B. Villeneuve crashed heavily on lap 6 in his Ferrari 312T5 at the corner which now bears his name. Rene Arnoux (FRA) started the race in pole position.
The 1980 Formula One season was the 31st season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1980 World Championship of Drivers and the 1980 International Cup for F1 Constructors which were contested concurrently from 13 January to 5 October over a fourteen race series. The season also included one non-championship race, the 1980 Spanish Grand Prix.
Jones became the first (and so far as of 2014, the last) Australian to win the World Championship since Jack Brabham in 1966. The season saw a major change of guard in Formula One with Williams's first Drivers' and Constructors' titles, the emergence of Nelson Piquet as a championship contender, as well as reigning championship winners Ferrari and Jody Scheckter suffering a terrible podium-free season that saw Scheckter retire from the sport at the age of 30.