1981 British Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 9 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One season
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Date July 18, 1981
Official name XXXIV Marlboro British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, Great Britain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.719 km (2.932 mi)
Distance 68 laps, 320.892 km (199.376 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver France René Arnoux Renault
Time 1:11.000
Fastest lap
Driver France René Arnoux Renault
Time 1:15.067 on lap 50
Podium
First United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford
Second Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford
Third France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra

The 1981 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on July 18, 1981. John Watson won his first race for five years, and McLaren's first since James Hunt's victory at the 1977 Japanese Grand Prix. The race also marked the first victory for a carbon fibre composite monocoque F1 car, the McLaren MP4/1.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 68 1:26:54.80 5 9
2 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 68 + 40.65 9 6
3 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 67 + 1 Lap 14 4
4 3 United States Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 23 3
5 6 Mexico Hector Rebaque Brabham-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 13 2
6 9 Sweden Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 21 1
7 17 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly March-Ford 66 + 2 Laps 17  
8 32 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 65 + 3 Laps 20  
9 16 France René Arnoux Renault 64 Distributor 1  
10 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 64 Engine 10  
11 33 Switzerland Marc Surer Theodore-Ford 61 Out of Fuel 24  
Ret 22 United States Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 59 Throttle 11  
Ret 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 56 Suspension 16  
DSQ 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 25 Disqualified 22  
Ret 15 France Alain Prost Renault 17 Distributor 2  
Ret 25 France Patrick Tambay Ligier-Matra 15 Clutch 15  
Ret 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 13 Turbo 4  
Ret 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 11 Tyre 3  
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 5 Transmission 12  
Ret 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 4 Spun Off 8  
Ret 1 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 3 Collision 7  
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 3 Spun Off 6  
Ret 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1 Clutch 19  
Ret 30 Italy Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 0 Spun Off 18  
DNQ 21 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford    
DNQ 35 United Kingdom Brian Henton Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford    
DNQ 14 Chile Eliseo Salazar Ensign-Ford    
DNQ 36 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 31 Italy Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford        

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-16. 


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