1981 Argentine Grand Prix

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Argentina  1981 Argentine Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One season
Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 15.svg
Date April 12, 1981
Official name XVII Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina
Location Autodromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Course Permanent racing facility
5.968 km (3.708 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 316.304 km (196.542 mi)
Weather Sunny, Hot, Dry
Pole position
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford
Time 1:42.665
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford
Time 1:45.287 on lap 6
Podium
First Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford
Second Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford
Third France Alain Prost Renault

The 1981 Argentine Grand Prix was the third race of the 1981 Formula One season and was held at the Buenos Aires circuit in Argentina on April 12, 1981. This was the last Argentine Grand Prix until 1995. Thanks to designer Gordon Murray's alternative solution to flexible side skirts, the Brabham cars of Nelson Piquet and Hector Rebaque were dominant in this race, with Piquet (who took pole at an average speed of 130.029 mph (209.261 km/h)) taking the lead immediately from Alan Jones on the back straight and Rebaque climbing up from 5th to 2nd over 23 laps.[1]

Classification[edit]

Results from the 1981 Formula One Argentine Grand Prix:

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 53 1:34:32.74 1 9
2 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 53 + 26.61 4 6
3 15 France Alain Prost Renault 53 + 49.98 2 4
4 1 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 53 + 1:07.88 3 3
5 16 France René Arnoux Renault 53 + 1:31.85 5 2
6 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 10 1
7 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 9  
8 22 United States Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 52 + 1 Lap 17  
9 30 Italy Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 19  
10 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 51 Out of Fuel 22  
11 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 51 + 2 Laps 18  
12 9 Netherlands Jan Lammers ATS-Ford 51 + 2 Laps 23  
13 4 Argentina Ricardo Zunino Tyrrell-Ford 51 + 2 Laps 24  
Ret 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 40 Transmission 7  
Ret 33 France Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 36 Oil Leak 14  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 36 Transmission 11  
Ret 6 Mexico Hector Rebaque Brabham-Ford 32 Electrical 6  
Ret 21 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 28 Gearbox 20  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 19 Handling 21  
Ret 14 Switzerland Marc Surer Ensign-Ford 14 Engine 16  
Ret 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 4 Fuel System 8  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 3 Engine 15  
Ret 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 3 Engine 12  
Ret 3 United States Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 1 Clutch 13  
DNQ 31 Argentina Miguel Angel Guerra Osella-Ford    
DNQ 32 Italy Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford    
DNQ 17 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly March-Ford    
DNQ 25 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ligier-Matra    
DNQ 18 Chile Eliseo Salazar March-Ford        

Notes[edit]

  • 250th race entry for Michelin.
  • This was the first race for an F1 car with a chassis made from carbon fibre composites, John Watson's McLaren MP4.
  • During the podium ceremony, "Happy Birthday" was played through the PA for Carlos Reutemann, as it was Reutemann's 39th birthday.
  • First podium: Alain Prost

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1981 FIA Review Argentina". YouTube. 2006-07-17. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 


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