Aussie's brutal payback for 'dishonest' F1 teammate

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Teammate battles that crook idiosyncratic successful Formula One are thing new. In caller times, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, erstwhile adjacent friends, fought a bitter conflict for the 2016 satellite championship. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber's narration soured during their clip astatine Red Bull. Further back, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost fell retired spectacularly astatine McLaren successful 1988.

But the 1981 combat betwixt Australia's Alan Jones, and Williams teammate Carlos Reutemann, who died overnight astatine the property of 79, was 1 for the ages.

Jones was the reigning satellite champion, having taken the team's archetypal ever rubric the erstwhile year. Reutemann had finished 3rd successful the title 3 times successful his career, and was 2nd lone to the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio arsenic Argentina's astir palmy driver.

Carlos Reutemann drives his Williams successful 1980. (Getty)

At the bosom of this contented was a declaration Reutemann had signed anterior to the 1981 play that efficaciously gave Jones fig 1 presumption wrong the team.

It stated that if the 2 Williams drivers were much than 20 seconds successful beforehand of the 3rd placed car, with Jones and Reutemann separated by little than 4 seconds, past the Australian was to triumph the race.

As helium explained successful his autobiography, AJ: How Alan Jones Climbed to the Top of Formula One, Frank Williams wanted to debar a script wherever the teammates crashed portion holding a comfy lead.

Carlos Reutemann drives his Ferrari 312T3 astatine the Grand Prix of the Netherlands successful 1978. (Getty)

"Frank drew up the statement and Carlos, with his eyes wide open, signed it," Jones wrote. "If helium didn't similar it, helium should person said something.

"I americium a steadfast believer successful surviving by the agreements you make, immoderate they are and whether oregon not they go little palatable implicit time.

"Carlos, arsenic it turned out, did not spot things that way."

The contented came to a caput astir immediately, astatine the 2nd contention of the 1981 play successful Brazil. In driving rain, Reutemann and Jones were astir a infinitesimal up of 3rd placed Riccardo Patrese, with Jones close down Reutemann.

"The squad hung retired a board, 'Jones-Reut'," Jones wrote of the pit awesome that told the drivers the expected finishing order.

"There was the substance of what our contracts said."

Alan Jones successful enactment for Williams successful 1981. (Getty)

Despite the order, Reutemann showed nary signs of moving implicit to fto Jones through.

With the Australian having won the opening contention of the season, triumph successful Brazil would get his title defence disconnected to the champion imaginable start. Still, arsenic the laps counted down, Jones reasoned that Reutemann was going to marque a large amusement of moving implicit astatine the past corner, successful bid to marque it evident helium would person won the contention had helium been allowed.

"On the past thigh it became wide helium wasn't going to honour the presumption of his agreement," Jones wrote.

"I thought, "This prick's not going to bash it.'

"Sure enough, helium didn't. He kept going, I was furious, I could person challenged him galore times. If it wasn't for the statement I would have. I was faster and felt I could easy person won, and Frank knows excessively good that without the statement I would person slipped it down the inside, oregon I would person had a spell somewhere.

Carlos Reutemann successful 1981. (Getty)

"The statement was determination to halt america taking risks with each other. Carlos didn't abide by the rules of the statement that helium signed. That's the happening that upset me.

"I didn't speech to Carlos aft the race. I conscionable said to Frank, 'All bets are off.'

"Frank lone paid him for finishing 2nd that time arsenic a benignant of fine, but if Carlos expected maine to springiness him immoderate assistance successful the championship, that conscionable went retired the window."

Unfortunately for Jones, the adjacent contention successful the title was Reutemann's location contention successful Argentina. The Australian needed equipped guards for extortion and a constabulary escort from the airport.

As luck would person it, the 2 Williams drivers qualified alongside each different connected the 2nd row.

"Good luck, I thought," said Jones.

"He was disconnected my Christmas paper list. In my eyes we conscionable weren't teammates. It was each antheral for himself."

Carlos Reutemann drives the Martini Racing Brabham BT45 Alfa Romeo Flat-12 astatine the British Grand Prix successful 1976. (Getty)

The brace avoided immoderate aggravation successful Argentina, with Reutemann finishing 2nd and Jones fourth, but had a coming unneurotic astatine the adjacent contention astatine Imola.

"Carlos didn't similar maine challenging him and we deed - 1 of the contention reports astatine the clip said helium had 'driven into' me, truthful you tin work into that what you like," Jones explained.

It was the commencement of a frustrating play for Jones, who finished retired of the points successful six of 7 races, with lone a 2nd spot astatine Monaco to amusement for his efforts.

With his title defence derailed, disillusionment with the athletics was rising for Jones, who decided to discontinue astatine the extremity of the 1981 season.

The Australian was retired of contention for the title erstwhile the teams arrived successful Las Vegas for the last contention of the season, with Reutemann 1 constituent successful beforehand of Nelson Piquet successful the rubric race. The Argentinian simply had to decorativeness successful beforehand of Piquet to beryllium crowned champion, though assistance from his teammate wouldn't beryllium forthcoming.

"I didn't request to punctual him I was not determination to assistance him, I deliberation the full satellite knew that astatine the time," Jones said.

The 2 Williams drivers locked retired the beforehand row, with Reutemann connected pole, but that's erstwhile the caput games started, with Jones managing to get 2nd spot connected the grid switched to the much favourable broadside of the track.

"I thought I'd play with him. 'Have you seen wherever rod is? It's conscionable a disgrace, there's s--- everywhere, I don't cognize however you're going to get disconnected the line.' It worked," Jones said.

Alan Jones (right) celebrates his triumph astatine the 1981 US Grand Prix successful Long Beach, up of teammate Carlos Reutemann. (Getty)

When Reutemann complained to Williams that determination was a occupation with the broadside of the roadworthy wherever rod would person started, Jones jumped successful with immoderate 'friendly' advice.

"I said, 'Well, you cognize the antheral who gets connected rod tin assertion whichever broadside of the way helium wants," Jones explained. Reutemann past complained to the organisers, who switched the positions, giving the Australian the much favourable broadside of the track.

"You could person done the worst commencement known to man, and inactive astir apt person led into the archetypal country if you started connected the wrong line, which I present had," Jones said.

"Of course, I out-dragged him into the archetypal corner, arsenic did (Gilles) Villeneuve, (Alain) Prost and (Bruno) Giacomelli. He was f---ed from determination connected successful and helium went backwards.

"I lapped him. In the extremity I did win. Easily. I lapped Carlos and astir apt laughed erstwhile I did so.

"He didn't merit to triumph (the championship)."

With Piquet finishing fifth, Reutemann mislaid the satellite rubric by a azygous point.

Reutemann's vocation lone lasted different 2 races. He retired abruptly successful the 1982 season, returning to Argentina, wherever helium aboriginal became the politician of the Sante Fe province, earlier serving astir 18 years arsenic a senator, a presumption helium held until his death.

"It was benignant of due helium became a politician, wherever his dishonesty could enactment for him," Jones finished.

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