1981 Dutch Grand Prix

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Netherlands  1981 Dutch Grand Prix
Race details
Race 12 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One season
The Zandvoort Circuit (1980-1989)
The Zandvoort Circuit (1980-1989)
Date August 30, 1981
Official name XXVII Grote Prijs van Nederland
Location Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands
Course Permanent racing facility
4.252 km (2.642 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 306.144 km (190.229 mi)
Weather Sunny, Dry
Pole position
Driver France Alain Prost Renault
Time 1:18.176
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:21.83 on lap 15
Podium
First France Alain Prost Renault
Second Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford
Third Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford

The 1981 Dutch Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Circuit Zandvoort on August 30, 1981. The race was won by Alain Prost, who led the race for all but 1 of the 72 laps, in his 25th career start. The race also marked Fittipaldi's return to the F1 circus, having sat out the previous race; although neither Fittipaldi managed to qualify.

Race[edit]

At the start, Prost led the field into Tarzan, with teammate René Arnoux following closely behind. Further back in the midfield, Gilles Villeneuve crashed into the back of Bruno Giacomelli's Alfa Romeo, vaulting over the Alfa before spinning out of the race.

As the field wound toward the second corner, Mario Andretti and Carlos Reutemann collided, leaving Andretti's car with a broken nose. Before the end of the first lap, another incident occurred when Patrick Tambay and Didier Pironi came together. It resulted in instant retirement for Tambay, whilst the second Ferrari carried on for three more laps before also pulling out of the race.

At the front of the field, Arnoux was unable to keep up with the pace and dropped four places, behind Alan Jones, Nelson Piquet, Jacques Laffite and Reutemann. With Arnoux out of the way, Jones hunted down Prost and challenged for the lead until his tires wore out and Jones had to slow down. Reutemann and Laffite, in the meantime, battled fiercely for fourth, ending with both cars crashing out of the race on the 18th lap.

Toward the end of the race, a slowing Jones was overtaken by Piquet. This would prove to be crucial in the World Championship standings, for if Jones had kept second, Piquet would have missed out on the title at the final race of the season.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:18.176 -
2 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:18.255 +0.079
3 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:18.652 +0.476
4 1 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:18.672 +0.496
5 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1:18.844 +0.668
6 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:19.018 +0.842
7 22 United States Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 1:19.040 +0.864
8 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:19.312 +1.136
9 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 1:19.738 +1.562
10 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:19.864 +1.688
11 25 France Patrick Tambay Ligier-Matra 1:19.979 +1.803
12 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:20.248 +2.072
13 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 1:20.377 +2.201
14 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:20.384 +2.208
15 6 Mexico Hector Rebaque Brabham-Ford 1:20.547 +2.371
16 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:20.595 +2.419
17 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 1:20.663 +2.487
18 32 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 1:21.086 +2.910
19 17 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly March-Ford 1:21.391 +3.215
20 33 Switzerland Marc Surer Theodore-Ford 1:21.454 +3.278
21 30 Italy Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 1:21.568 +3.392
22 3 United States Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 1:21.698 +3.522
23 9 Sweden Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 1:21.760 +3.584
24 14 Chile Eliseo Salazar Ensign-Ford 1:22.024 +3.848
25 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:22.030 +3.854
DNQ 35 United Kingdom Brian Henton Toleman-Hart 1:22.226 +4.050
DNQ 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 1:23.518 +5.342
DNQ 21 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 1:23.613 +5.437
DNQ 31 Italy Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford 1:23.898 +5.722
DNQ 36 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:24.028 +5.852

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 France Alain Prost Renault 72 1:40:22.43 1 9
2 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 72 + 8.24 3 6
3 1 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 72 + 35.50 4 4
4 6 Mexico Hector Rebaque Brabham-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 15 3
5 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 9 2
6 14 Chile Eliseo Salazar Ensign-Ford 70 + 2 Laps 24 1
7 30 Italy Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 69 + 3 Laps 21  
8 33 Switzerland Marc Surer Theodore-Ford 69 + 3 Laps 20  
9 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 68 Engine 25  
10 9 Sweden Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 68 + 4 Laps 23  
Ret 22 United States Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 62 Accident 7  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 50 Ignition 8  
Ret 3 United States Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 46 Suspension 22  
Ret 32 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 29 Transmission 18  
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 21 Engine 2  
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 19 Tyre 14  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 18 Collision 6  
Ret 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 18 Collision 5  
Ret 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 16 Suspension 10  
Ret 17 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly March-Ford 5 Suspension 19  
Ret 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 4 Collision 12  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 1 Engine 17  
Ret 25 France Patrick Tambay Ligier-Matra 1 Collision 11  
Ret 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 0 Collision 16  
DNS 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford   Non Starter  
DNQ 35 United Kingdom Brian Henton Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford    
DNQ 21 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford    
DNQ 31 Italy Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford    
DNQ 36 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart    

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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