1981 Argentine Grand Prix

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1981 Argentine Grand Prix
Race 3 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One World Championship
Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 15.svg
Race details
Date 12 April 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
Pole position
Driver Brabham-Ford
Time 1:42.665
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford
Time 1:45.287 on lap 6
Podium
First Brabham-Ford
Second Williams-Ford
Third Renault

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.[1]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:42.665 1:44.364  —
2 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:42.981 1:43.748 +0.316
3 1 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:44.662 1:43.638 +0.973
4 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1:43.935 1:44.094 +1.270
5 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:43.997 1:44.080 +1.332
6 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 1:44.712 1:44.100 +1.435
7 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:44.236 1:44.132 +1.467
8 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 1:45.273 1:44.191 +1.526
9 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:45.008 1:45.357 +2.343
10 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 1:45.252 1:45.065 +2.400
11 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:45.073 1:45.202 +2.408
12 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:45.108 1:45.599 +2.443
13 3 United States Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 1:45.117 1:45.357 +2.452
14 33 France Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 1:46.872 1:45.297 +2.632
15 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 1:45.369 1:45.790 +2.704
16 14 Switzerland Marc Surer Ensign-Ford 1:45.734 1:46.188 +3.069
17 22 United States Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 1:46.329 1:46.059 +3.394
18 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 1:46.387 1:46.663 +3.722
19 30 Italy Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 1:47.342 1:46.444 +3.779
20 21 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 1:46.743 1:46.706 +4.041
21 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:46.854 1:47.594 +4.189
22 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:47.109 1:46.918 +4.253
23 9 Netherlands Jan Lammers ATS-Ford 1:47.174 1:47.576 +4.509
24 4 Argentina Ricardo Zunino Tyrrell-Ford 1:47.464 1:48.143 +4.799
25 31 Argentina Miguel Angel Guerra Osella-Ford 1:47.609 1:48.571 +4.944
26 32 Italy Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford 1:48.121 1:48.203 +5.456
27 17 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly March-Ford 1:48.191 1:49.571 +5.526
28 25 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ligier-Matra 1:49.581 1:50.226 +6.916
29 18 Chile Eliseo Salazar March-Ford no time 1:51.086 +8.421
Source:[2]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 53 1:34:32.74 1 9
2 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 53 + 26.61 4 6
3 15 France Alain Prost Renault 53 + 49.98 2 4
4 1 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 53 + 1:07.88 3 3
5 16 France René Arnoux Renault 53 + 1:31.85 5 2
6 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 10 1
7 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 9  
8 22 United States Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 52 + 1 Lap 17  
9 30 Italy Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 19  
10 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 51 Out of Fuel 22  
11 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 51 + 2 Laps 18  
12 9 Netherlands Jan Lammers ATS-Ford 51 + 2 Laps 23  
13 4 Argentina Ricardo Zunino Tyrrell-Ford 51 + 2 Laps 24  
Ret 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 40 Transmission 7  
Ret 33 France Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 36 Oil Leak 14  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 36 Transmission 11  
Ret 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 32 Electrical 6  
Ret 21 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 28 Gearbox 20  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 19 Handling 21  
Ret 14 Switzerland Marc Surer Ensign-Ford 14 Engine 16  
Ret 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 4 Fuel System 8  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 3 Engine 15  
Ret 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 3 Engine 12  
Ret 3 United States Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 1 Clutch 13  
DNQ 31 Argentina Miguel Ángel Guerra Osella-Ford    
DNQ 32 Italy Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford    
DNQ 17 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly March-Ford    
DNQ 25 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ligier-Matra    
DNQ 18 Chile Eliseo Salazar March-Ford        
Source:[3]

Notes[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1981 FIA Review Argentina". YouTube. 2006-07-17. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  2. ^ Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1981). AUTOCOURSE 1981–82. Hazleton Publishing Ltd. p. 108. ISBN 0-905138-17-1. 
  3. ^ "1981 Argentine Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Lang, Mike (1992). Grand Prix! Vol 4. Haynes Publishing Group. pp. 26–28. ISBN 0-85429-733-2. 


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