1981 Argentine Grand Prix
|Race 3 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One season|
|Date||April 12, 1981|
|Official name||XVII Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina|
|Location||Autodromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.968 km (3.708 mi)|
|Distance||53 laps, 316.304 km (196.542 mi)|
|Weather||Sunny, Hot, Dry|
|Time||1:45.287 on lap 6|
The 1981 Argentine Grand Prix was the third motor race of the 1981 Formula One season and was held at the Buenos Aires circuit in Argentina on 12 April 1981. This was the last Argentine Grand Prix until 1995. Thanks to designer Gordon Murray's alternative solution to flexible side skirts, the Brabham cars of Nelson Piquet and Héctor Rebaque were dominant in this race, with Piquet (who took pole at an average speed of 130.029 mph (209.261 km/h)) taking the lead immediately from Alan Jones on the back straight and Rebaque climbing up from 5th to 2nd over 23 laps.
- 250th race entry for Michelin.
- This was the first race for an F1 car with a chassis made from carbon fibre composites, John Watson's McLaren MP4.
- During the podium ceremony, "Happy Birthday" was played through the PA for Carlos Reutemann, as it was Reutemann's 39th birthday.
- First podium: Alain Prost
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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