1981 San Marino Grand Prix

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Italy  1981 San Marino Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One season
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Date May 3, 1981
Official name 1° Gran Premio di San Marino
Location Autodromo Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.000 km (3.107 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 300.000 km (186.411 mi)
Weather Rain, cold
Pole position
Driver Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
Time 1:34.523
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
Time 1:48.064 on lap 46
Podium
First Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford
Second Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford
Third Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford

The 1981 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Imola on May 3, 1981.

The race was the first to bear the title "San Marino Grand Prix", although several non-championship Formula One races and the 1980 Italian Grand Prix had previously been held at the circuit. The Acque-Minerali chicane had been widened from the year before and was faster; the chicane in its original narrow configuration in 1980 was unpopular with drivers because it was very slow.

The Lotus team withdrew their entries because the FIA upheld the ban on the Lotus 88 and team owner Colin Chapman felt the 81s were no longer competitive.[1]

Didier Pironi held the lead until late in the race, before dropping back due to mechanical trouble, and was passed by Nelson Piquet, who eventually won the race. As well as being Michele Alboreto's Grand Prix debut, the race is also notable for the recovery of Gilles Villeneuve to seventh place, after misjudgement of tyre selection for the conditions. While the team did not qualify for the race, it was the first race entered by Toleman, which is now Lotus F1.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 60 1:51:23.97 5 9
2 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 60 + 4.58 9 6
3 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 60 + 6.34 2 4
4 6 Mexico Hector Rebaque Brabham-Ford 60 + 22.89 13 3
5 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 60 + 25.87 6 2
6 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 60 + 1:06.61 14 1
7 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 60 + 1:41.97 1  
8 16 France René Arnoux Renault 59 + 1 Lap 3  
9 14 Switzerland Marc Surer Ensign-Ford 59 + 1 Lap 21  
10 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 58 + 2 Laps 7  
11 33 France Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 58 + 2 Laps 16  
12 1 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 58 + 2 Laps 8  
13 10 Sweden Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 57 +3 Laps 24  
NC 25 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ligier-Matra 45 Not Classified 18  
Ret 17 Chile Eliseo Salazar March-Ford 38 Spun Off 23  
Ret 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 31 Collision 17  
Ret 32 Italy Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford 31 Collision 20  
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 28 Collision 11  
Ret 3 United States Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 28 Collision 19  
Ret 22 United States Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 26 Gearbox 12  
Ret 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 14 Engine 15  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 7 Suspension 10  
Ret 15 France Alain Prost Renault 3 Gearbox 4  
Ret 31 Argentina Miguel Angel Guerra Osella-Ford 0 Accident 22  
DNQ 30 Italy Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford    
DNQ 18 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly March-Ford    
DNQ 9 Netherlands Jan Lammers ATS-Ford    
DNQ 21 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford    
DNQ 36 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 35 United Kingdom Brian Henton Toleman-Hart    
WD 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford    
WD 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford        

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1992). Grand Prix! Vol 4. Haynes Publishing Group. pp. p29. ISBN 0-85429-733-2. 

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


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