“I just seemed to have an afnity with the FW07. I could wring its neck and Patrick Head and I were able to tune it to pretty well match every circuit. It tted me like a nice suit. I used to drive at-out all the time, even in testing on a cold Tuesday afternoon at Donington Park.
“I’ve got to say, Frank and Patrick were the two best guys I drove for, bar none. At one race I said I thought an engine was down on power and of course they didn’t have the telemetry then that they do today. Frank said: ‘You’re the driver and if you think it’s down on power we’ll change it.’ That was the sort of bloke he was to drive for. That inspired condence and hopefully I delivered for him. It was a two-way street.”
“In 1980, we ran an upgraded FW07B in practice at the rst race in Argentina, but we had aerodynamic problems and converted the car back to FW07 spec for the race. After a complete rejig, the true FW07B raced at Zolder.
“The main opposition was Nelson Piquet. Brabham were very much a single-car team, employing a paying driver in the second car, so they weren’t in contention for the constructors’ championship. A number of wins were squandered because of unreliability and driver errors. The penultimate race in Canada was a showdown between Jones and Piquet, but it went Jones’s way following a failure of Piquet’s engine.”