Spanish racing driver Emilio de Villota first arrived on the international motor sport scene in 1972, when he raced a SEAT 124 SC, in the 4 Horas de Jarama, a round of the European Touring Car Championship. After few years in touring cars, in 1976 he turned to single-seaters entering British F1 series, the Shellsport G8 International. In 1977, de Villota developed a more ambitious F1 project with the sponsorship of Iberia, Spanish national airlines. For the project Iberia acquired a McLaren M23, painted in the colours of the airline, and de Villota contested seven Grand Prix of the European season. He finished 13th at Jarama in his debut F1 race, but failed to qualify five times out of six other attempts. Emilio briefly appeared in F1 in 1978, 1981 and 1982, but his highest success was associated with British Formula One Championship where he was 3rd in 1978 and 1979, and won the title in 1980 with RAM Racing.
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