1981 German Grand Prix

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West Germany  1981 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 10 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One season
Hockenheim in 1981
Hockenheim in 1981
Date August 2, 1981
Official name XLII Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 6.789 km (4.218 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 305.505 km (189.81 mi)
Weather Wet/ Dry
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:47.50
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:52.42 on lap 4
Podium
First Brabham-Ford
Second Renault
Third Ligier-Matra

The 1981 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Hockenheimring on August 2, 1981. The race was notable for a memorable battle between Alain Prost and Alan Jones.

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

The two Renault turbo cars were on the front row with Alain Prost almost half a second quicker than teammate Rene Arnoux. Williams locked out the second row with World Championship leader Carlos Reutemann third and team mate Alan Jones fourth. Didier Pironi was fifth in his Ferrari and Nelson Piquet was sixth in his Brabham. The top 10 was completed by Jacques Laffite (Ligier), Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari) and the two McLarens of John Watson and Andrea de Cesaris.

Race[edit]

The two Williams on the second row enjoyed a better start than the Renaults of Prost and Arnoux. Arnoux was overtaken both by Reutemann and Pironi before the first corner, and by Piquet tried a move in the Ostkurve but the two cars collided, deflating Arnoux's right rear tire and causing him to pit at the end of the lap. Piquet lost a place to Jones in the process, whilst Arnoux dropped through the field. On the second lap, Pironi's engine failed, making him retire from fourth. Consequently, Prost led from Reutemann, Jones, Piquet and Laffite, and the top 5 pulled away from the rest of the pack, led by Villeneuve in sixth. Reutemann was quickly overtaken by both Jones and Piquet, beginning a 3-way fight from the lead until Piquet's tires fell of the pace and he dropped to fourth behind Reutemann.

On Lap 21, the lead changed when Prost was overtaken by Jones as the duo were lapping Arnoux. 7 laps later, Reutemann's engine failed on Lap 28, dropping out of the race. After around 30 laps, rain started to fall on the circuit and the Renaults suffered from poor handling and third place Piquet quickly overtook Prost for second. Jones' lead was diminished when his engine began to misfire, eventually dropping behind Piquet and Prost before heading to the pits, and he eventually finished a lap behind.

Piquet held on to his lead and finished first, in front of Prost, Laffite and Héctor Rebaque. Eddie Cheever finished fifth to round up the top 5, in front of John Watson in sixth.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:47.50 -
2 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:47.96 +0.46
3 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1:48.43 +0.93
4 1 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:48.49 +0.99
5 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:49.00 +1.50
6 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:49.03 +1.53
7 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:49.28 +1.78
8 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:49.44 +1.94
9 11 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:49.52 +2.02
10 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 1:49.58 +2.08
11 25 France Patrick Tambay Ligier-Matra 1:50.00 +2.50
12 22 United States Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 1:50.64 +3.14
13 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:50.65 +3.15
14 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 1:50.74 +3.24
15 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 1:50.86 +3.36
16 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 1:51.17 +3.67
17 32 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 1:52.19 +4.69
18 3 United States Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 1:52.19 +4.69
19 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:52.21 +4.71
20 9 Sweden Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 1:52.54 +5.04
21 17 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly March-Ford 1:52.65 +5.15
22 33 Switzerland Marc Surer Theodore-Ford 1:52.65 +5.15
23 14 Chile Eliseo Salazar Ensign-Ford 1:52.85 +5.35
24 30 Italy Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 1:53.19 +5.69
DNQ 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 1:53.28 +5.78
DNQ 35 United Kingdom Brian Henton Toleman-Hart 1:53.31 +5.81
DNQ 31 Italy Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford 1:53.39 +5.89
DNQ 36 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:53.58 +6.08
DNQ 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:53.69 +6.19
DNQ 21 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 1:54.89 +7.39

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 45 1:25:55.60 6 9
2 15 France Alain Prost Renault 45 + 11.52 1 6
3 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 45 + 1:04.60 7 4
4 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 45 + 1:39.69 16 3
5 3 United States Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 45 + 1:50.52 18 2
6 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 44 + 1 Lap 9 1
7 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 44 + 1 Lap 14  
8 32 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 44 + 1 Lap 17  
9 22 United States Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 44 + 1 Lap 12  
10 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 44 + 1 Lap 8  
11 1 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 44 + 1 Lap 4  
12 30 Italy Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 44 + 1 Lap 24  
13 16 France René Arnoux Renault 44 + 1 Lap 2  
14 33 Switzerland Marc Surer Theodore-Ford 43 Suspension 22  
15 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 43 + 2 Laps 19  
NC 14 Chile Eliseo Salazar Ensign-Ford 39 Not Classified 23  
Ret 9 Sweden Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 35 Engine 20  
Ret 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 27 Engine 3  
Ret 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 27 Engine 13  
Ret 25 France Patrick Tambay Ligier-Matra 27 Transmission 11  
Ret 17 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly March-Ford 15 Suspension 21  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 12 Fuel Leak 15  
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 4 Collision 10  
Ret 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 1 Electrical 5  
DNQ 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford    
DNQ 35 United Kingdom Brian Henton Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 31 Italy Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford    
DNQ 36 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford    
DNQ 21 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford        
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • This was the first race that Alain Prost was on pole position.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1981 German Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 


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