1981 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 8 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One World Championship
Dijon-Prenois Circuit.svg
Date 5 July 1981
Official name 67e Grand Prix de France[1]
Location Dijon-Prenois, Dijon, France
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.801 km (2.361 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 304.08 km (188.88 mi)
Weather Wet
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:05.95
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost Renault
Time 1:09.14 on lap 64
Podium
First Renault
Second McLaren-Ford
Third Brabham-Ford

The 1981 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Dijon on 5 July 1981. It was the eighth race of the 1981 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 80-lap race was won by Alain Prost, driving a Renault. On home soil, Prost scored the first of an eventual 51 Grand Prix victories, in a race that was stopped after 58 laps due to heavy rain and then restarted, with aggregate times determining the final positions. John Watson finished second in his McLaren-Ford, while Nelson Piquet, who had been leading in his Brabham-Ford when the race was stopped, finished third.

Prior to the race, Jean-Pierre Jabouille decided to retire from Formula One, having not fully recovered from the leg injuries he had sustained in Canada the previous year. His place at Ligier was taken for the rest of the season by Patrick Tambay, who moved from Theodore.[2]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:07.09 1:05.95  —
2 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:07.05 1:06.36 +0.41
3 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:07.57 1:06.36 +0.41
4 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:09.21 1:06.91 +0.96
5 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 1:08.83 1:07.03 +1.08
6 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:08.71 1:07.09 +1.14
7 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1:08.83 1:07.42 +1.47
8 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 1:08.40 1:07.52 +1.57
9 1 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:09.28 1:07.53 +1.58
10 22 United States Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 1:10.09 1:07.56 +1.61
11 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:07.60 1:07.68 +1.65
12 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:09.81 1:07.63 +1.68
13 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 1:09.06 1:07.72 +1.77
14 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:08.09 1:08.27 +2.14
15 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 1:09.69 1:08.21 +2.26
16 25 France Patrick Tambay Ligier-Matra 1:09.51 1:08.47 +2.52
17 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 1:10.13 1:09.35 +3.40
18 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:09.37 1:10.14 +3.42
19 3 United States Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 1:11.50 1:09.88 +3.93
20 17 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly March-Ford 1:12.10 1:09.94 +3.99
21 33 Switzerland Marc Surer Theodore-Ford 1:19.46 1:10.12 +4.17
22 14 Chile Eliseo Salazar Ensign-Ford 1:15.59 1:10.50 +4.55
23 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:12.37 1:10.64 +4.69
24 21 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 1:13.60 1:10.86 +4.91
25 30 Italy Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 1:13.13 1:11.24 +5.29
26 35 United Kingdom Brian Henton Toleman-Hart 1:29.13 1:11.28 +5.33
27 9 Sweden Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 1:14.62 1:12.20 +6.25
28 31 Italy Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford 1:12.24 1:36.20 +6.29
29 36 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:13.65 no time +7.70
Source:[3]

Race[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 Héctor 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        
Source:[4]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1981". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Grand Prix Results: French GP, 1981". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1981). AUTOCOURSE 1981–82. Hazleton Publishing Ltd. p. 156. ISBN 0-905138-17-1. 
  4. ^ "1981 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 


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