Seldom in modern GP racing does one man with one car have a spectacular advantage in one race meeting and, even less likely, is he to enjoy it again at the following meeting.
Thus when Jean-Pierre Jarier put his UOP on pole in Argentina, only to be let down by a mechanical fault even before the start, it was a tremendous disappointment. Fortune seemed to be making up for it a fortnight later in Brazil, however, for he was again fast and took pole by a wide margin and, indeed, started the race.
Once he got around Carlos Reutemann, he simply vanished in the distance, building up a lead of more than 25 seconds by three-quarters distance. Certainly it was morally 'Jumper's' race, but fortune's smile was a false face. With eight laps to go a seizure of the shuttle in his metering unit stopped him on the circuit. Disconsolately - stunned in fact - he had to sit on a tyre and watch his race being won by Carlos Pace.