1981 Monaco Grand Prix
|Race 6 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One season|
|Date||May 31, 1981|
|Location||Circuit de Monaco|
|Course length||3.312 km (2.057 mi)|
|Distance||76 laps, 251.712 km (156.406 mi)|
|Time||1:27.47 on lap 48|
The start of the race was delayed after a fire in the Loews Hotel kitchens, which necessitated the fire service pumping large quantities of water to put the fires out. Water then seeped through the floors of the hotel and into the tunnel, delaying the race for an hour. Nelson Piquet led for much of the race, but crashed out late on. New race leader Alan Jones then suffered a fuel feed problem in the latter stages of the race, allowing Gilles Villeneuve in his Ferrari, to take his first victory since 1979. Championship leader Carlos Reutemann retired with gearbox problems, breaking a 15-race streak of consistently finishing in the points.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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