1981 San Marino Grand Prix
|Race 4 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One season|
|Date||3 May 1981|
|Official name||1º Gran Premio di San Marino|
|Location||Autodromo Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.000 km (3.107 mi)|
|Distance||60 laps, 300.000 km (186.411 mi)|
|Time||1:48.064 on lap 46|
The race was the first to bear the title "San Marino Grand Prix", although several non-championship Formula One races and the 1980 Italian Grand Prix had previously been held at the circuit. The Acque-Minerali chicane had been widened from the year before and was faster; the chicane in its original narrow configuration in 1980 was unpopular with drivers because it was very slow.
Didier Pironi held the lead until late in the race and was passed by Nelson Piquet, who eventually won the race. As well as being Michele Alboreto's Grand Prix debut, the race is also notable for the recovery of Gilles Villeneuve to seventh place, after misjudgement of tyre selection for the conditions. While the team did not qualify for the race, it was the first race entered by Toleman, which is now Lotus F1.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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