1981 Italian Grand Prix
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|Race 13 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One season|
|Date||September 13, 1981|
|Official name||L Gran Premio d'Italia|
|Location||Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
5.800 km (3.60 mi)
|Distance||52 laps, 301.600 km (187.400 mi)|
|Weather||Dry and sunny|
|Time||1:37.528 on lap 48|
- Haunted by the trauma of nearly killing mechanic Dave Luckett in the previous race, Siegfried Stohr crashed his Arrows during the qualifying session. He ultimately decided to stop racing and started a successful motor racing academy.
- Nelson Piquet was running 3rd when his engine expired on the next to last lap.
- John Watson had a huge accident at the Lesmo curves when he went wide coming out of the second Lesmo curve, touched the grass and spun across the track, and his carbon-fibre McLaren slammed backwards violently into the Armco barrier, exploded and tore the car in half and strew bits of the car across the track, which caused Michele Alboreto to crash, who escaped with only a few bruises. But Watson walked away unhurt- proving the strength of the McLaren's carbon fibre construction. 
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- "John Watson Accidente en Monza, GP Italia 1981". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
- "Italian GP, 1981 Race Report - GP Encyclopedia - F1 History on". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-16.
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