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Formula One, often referred to as F1 and Formula 1, is a form of open wheeled auto racing that began in 1950. Races, usually known as Grand Prix take place all around the world on purpose built circuits as well as temporary street circuits.

Many of the world's top car manufacturers compete in F1. The cars are capable of speeds up to around 360 km/h (225 mph), are turbocharged, and rev to up to 15000RPM.

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A Formula One race is typically 305 km (190 miles) in length and lasts around one and a half to two hours.

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Alan Jones 2007

Alan Jones (born 1946) is an Australian racing driver who won the 1980 Formula One World Championship, to become the second, and most recent, Aussie to win the title, after Jack Brabham. He was the first driver to become World Champion driving for the Williams team.

Making his F1 début in 1975 for Hesketh, Jones soon moved to Hill and then Surtees in 1976. A lack of success saw him temporarily leave F1 before the opportunity drive a Shadow presented itself, and Jones became a Grand Prix winner at the Austrian Grand Prix.

After a deal with Ferrari fell through, Jones moved to the young Williams team in 1978 as the team's sole driver. After some slow progress, Jones won four races in five in the second half of 1979 to finish third in the Championship. Things kept going up in 1980 as the Aussie took another five victories (and a non-championship win) to become World Champion ahead of Nelson Piquet and teammate Carlos Reutemann. Jones took two wins in 1981, en route to third in the Championship, and decided to retire from F1.

He returned for a race in 1983 for Arrows, and remained out of the sport until the latter end of 1985, joining Lola, taking part in the first Australian Grand Prix to be part of the F1 Championship. He stayed with the team throughout the 1986 season, before finally entering permanent retirement at the end of the year.

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