J P Jarier:
I remember his performances being somewhat erratic in that he seemed to get comfortable where he was and go to sleep mid season. I remember a comment in Autosport that a driver (I can't remember who) was performing unexpectedly well, and was "driving like Jarier at contract time".
I also recall that Jarier suggested that his performances at Tyrell against Pironi proved that he was every bit as good as GV. I'm not sure there were many takers on that one!
Not me! Jarier'sperformance tailed off as the 1979 eason progressed. He had a slight upper hand in qualifying for the first half of the season, but towards the end, Pironi was fastest.
The same is the case, if one takes a closer look at the lap charts. After Silverstone, Jarier at best ran in sixth position at Zandvoort and Monza, while Pironi ran third at Zandvoort and Watkins Glen and fifth in Montreal (and sixth in Austria, where Jarier wasn't entered - for some reason which I can't remember, Derek Daly was in Tyrrell number 4 that weekend - perhaps there is a connection to the fast as Jarier at the time of contract renewal here ).
(Before scheduled pit stops became common practice, I used to make sheets on the potential score of every competitor. That is, everybody that led a race, got awarded nine points, everybody who ran second at best got six, and so on. It gave a clue to evaluate the ultimate speed of a given car/driver combo versus their reliability. In the early turbo years, some drivers scored huge in the unofficial potential points championship - in 1982 Arnoux scored 112 potential points in 16 races, an average of seven points, while team-mate Prost had tomake do with 100 potential points. In comparison the real champion, Keke Rosberg, scored 66 potential points. I still have the sheets for 1970, 1971, 1975, 1979 and 1982 plus the lap charts from 1978, 1980 and 1981. Unfortunately a large part of my library was viped out by floodings some years ago, so the rest is lost...).