1981 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 8 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One season
Dijon-Prenois.svg
Date July 5, 1981
Location Dijon
Course Permanent racing facility
3.801 km (2.361 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 304.08 km (188.88 mi)
Weather Wet
Pole position
Driver France René Arnoux Renault
Time 1:05.95
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost Renault
Time 1:09.14 on lap 64
Podium
First France Alain Prost Renault
Second United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford
Third Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford

The 1981 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Dijon on July 5, 1981. The race was the first of an eventual 51 Grand Prix wins for Renault driver Alain Prost.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 France Alain Prost Renault 80 1:35:48.13 3 9
2 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 80 + 2.29 2 6
3 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 80 + 24.22 4 4
4 16 France René Arnoux Renault 80 + 42.30 1 3
5 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 79 + 1 Lap 14 2
6 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 8 1
7 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 13  
8 22 United States Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 79 + 1 Lap 10  
9 6 Mexico Hector Rebaque Brabham-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 15  
10 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 7  
11 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 5  
12 33 Switzerland Marc Surer Theodore-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 21  
13 3 United States Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 19  
14 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 18  
15 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 77 + 3 Laps 12  
16 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 23  
17 1 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 76 Collision 9  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 57 Suspension 6  
Ret 17 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly March-Ford 55 Engine 20  
Ret 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 41 Electrical 11  
Ret 25 France Patrick Tambay Ligier-Matra 30 Wheel Bearing 16  
Ret 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 11 Suspension 17  
Ret 14 Chile Eliseo Salazar Ensign-Ford 6 Suspension 22  
DNS 21 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 0 Non starter 24  
DNQ 30 Italy Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford    
DNQ 35 United Kingdom Brian Henton Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 9 Sweden Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford    
DNQ 31 Italy Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford    
DNQ 36 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart        

Notes[edit]

  • Alain Prost's first F1 victory
  • Race was stopped after 58 laps due to rain. Aggregate time was used.

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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