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Weekend Docco: Alan Jones Explains Formula 1 in the ’80s

Submitted by on March 24, 2017

Alan Jones 1980 France

Alan Jones on the way to victory in the 1980 French Grand Prix. Image thanks to the Cahier Archive.

Australia is once again host to the Formula 1 paddock, with the first two practice sessions of 2017 already wrapped up and Melbourne’s Formula 1 festival in full swing.

If, however, 2017’s antics aren’t enticing you and you yearn for the golden years of the sport, why not sit down with a beverage and this great mini documentary about mid-’80s Formula 1, narrated by Australian Formula 1 World Champion Alan Jones.

The film picks up with Alan Jones on his way to a Formula Ford event to demonstrate a stepping stone into the sport, before heading to the big league and introducing the teams and drivers. It takes a particularly interesting look into the financial side of the sport and the conflict between the Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile and the Formula One Constructors’ Association, as well as the design and development of the cars and the demands on the driver.

It’s frank, detailed and interesting, and captures a perspective on the sport and its history at a fascinating time in its evolution. When you’re ready to take a break from 2017’s Formula 1 coverage, hit play and enjoy.

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