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1981 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 1981 Formula One season included the 32nd FIA Formula One World Championship season, which commenced on March 15, 1981, and ended on October 17 after fifteen races. The politically-charged season resulted in Nelson Piquet winning the Drivers' Championship, claiming the first of his three Formula One titles. Although not a part of the Championship, the 1981 South African Grand Prix attracted high-calibre drivers and cars and was won by Carlos Reutemann in a Williams.

Drivers and constructorsEdit

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyres No Driver Rounds
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Albilad Williams Racing Team
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom TAG Williams Racing Team
Williams FW07C
FW07D
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M

G

1 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones All
2 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Team Tyrrell 010
011
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M


A

3 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever All
4 USAflagsmall Kevin Cogan 1
25px-ARGENntina Ricardo Zunino 2-3
22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto 4-15
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT49C
BT50
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M


G

5 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet All
6 25px-Mexicoflag Hector Rebaque All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren M29F
MP4/1
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson All
8 22px-Flag of Italy Andrea de Cesaris All
Flag of Germany Team ATS ATS D4
D5
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M


A

9 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jan Lammers 1-4
22px-Flag of Sweden Slim Borgudd 5-15
10 22px-Flag of Sweden Slim Borgudd 4
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Team Essex Lotus
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus
Lotus 81B
87
88
88B
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M


G

11 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis 1-3, 5-15
12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 1-3, 5-15
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Ensign Racing Ensign N180B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M


A

14 20px-Flag of Switzerland Marc Surer 1-6
22px-Flag of Colombia Ricardo Londoño 2
22px-Flag of Chile Eliseo Salazar 7-15
22px-Flag of France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE20B
RE30
Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6t M 15 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost All
16 22px-Flag of France René Arnoux All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom March Grand Prix Team March 811 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M


A

17 22px-Flag of Ireland Derek Daly 1-3, 7-15
22px-Flag of Chile Eliseo Salazar 4-6
18 22px-Flag of Chile Eliseo Salazar 1-3
22px-Flag of Ireland Derek Daly 4-6
25px-Brazilflag Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi F8C Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M


A
P

20 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg 1-10, 12-15
21 25px-Brazilflag Chico Serra 1-10, 12-15
22px-Flag of Italy Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 179B
179C
179D
Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12 M 22 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti All
23 22px-Flag of Italy Bruno Giacomelli All
22px-Flag of France Equipe Talbot Gitanes Ligier JS17 Matra MS81 3.0 V12 M 25 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jarier 1-2
22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jabouille 3-7
22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay 8-15
26 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite All
22px-Flag of Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 126CK Ferrari 021 1.5 V6t M 27 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve All
28 22px-Flag of France Didier Pironi All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Ragno Arrows Beta Racing Team Arrows A3 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M


P

29 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese All
30 22px-Flag of Italy Siegfried Stohr 1-13
25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve, Sr. 14-15
22px-Flag of Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1B
FA1C
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M 31 25px-ARGENntina Miguel Ángel Guerra 1-4
22px-Flag of Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani 5
22px-Flag of Italy Beppe Gabbiani 6-15
32 22px-Flag of Italy Beppe Gabbiani 1-5
22px-Flag of Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani 6
22px-Flag of Italy Giorgio Francia 7
25px-ARGENntina Miguel Ángel Guerra 8
22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jarier 9-15
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Theodore Racing Team Theodore TY01 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M


A

33 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay 1-7
20px-Flag of Switzerland Marc Surer 8-15
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Candy Toleman Motorsport Toleman TG181 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t P 35 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brian Henton 4-15
36 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Derek Warwick 4-15

Season reviewEdit

Rnd Race Date Location Pole Position Fastest Lap Race Winner Constructor Report
1 USAflagsmall United States Grand Prix West March 15 Long Beach 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
2 25px-Brazilflag Brazilian Grand Prix March 29 Jacarepaguá 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet 20px-Flag of Switzerland Marc Surer 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
3 25px-ARGENntina Argentine Grand Prix April 12 Oscar Gálvez 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Report
4 22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1- San Marino Grand Prix May 3 Imola 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Report
5 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Belgian Grand Prix May 17 Zolder 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
6 25px-Monacoflag Monaco Grand Prix May 31 Monaco 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
7 22px-Flag of Spain Spanish Grand Prix June 21 Jarama 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
8 22px-Flag of France French Grand Prix July 5 Dijon-Prenois 22px-Flag of France René Arnoux 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost 22px-Flag of France Renault Report
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom British Grand Prix July 18 Silverstone 22px-Flag of France René Arnoux 22px-Flag of France René Arnoux 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Report
10 Flag of Germany German Grand Prix August 2 Hockenheimring 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Report
11 22px-Flag of Austria Austrian Grand Prix August 16 Österreichring 22px-Flag of France René Arnoux 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite 22px-Flag of France Ligier-Matra Report
12 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix August 30 Zandvoort 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost 22px-Flag of France Renault Report
13 22px-Flag of Italy Italian Grand Prix September 13 Monza 22px-Flag of France René Arnoux 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost 22px-Flag of France Renault Report
14 25px-Canadaflag Canadian Grand Prix September 27 Circuit Île Notre-Dame 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite 22px-Flag of France Ligier-Matra Report
15 USAflagsmall Caesars Palace Grand Prix October 17 Las Vegas 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann 22px-Flag of France Didier Pironi 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report

-The final race was originally supposed to be held at Watkins Glen, but this track was dropped from the calendar in May due to the circuit's financial difficulties.

1981 Drivers Championship final standingsEdit

Pos Driver USW
USAflagsmall
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
ARG
25px-ARGENntina
SMR
22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1-
BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil)
MON
25px-Monacoflag
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
GER
Flag of Germany
AUT
22px-Flag of Austria
NED
22px-Flag of the Netherlands
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
CPL
USAflagsmall
Points
1 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet 3 12 1 1 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 3 2 6 5 5 50
2 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann 2 1 2 3 1 Ret 4 10 2 Ret 5 Ret 3 10 8 49
3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones 1 2 4 12 Ret 2 7 17 Ret 11 4 3 2 Ret 1 46
4 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ret 6 Ret Ret 2 3 2 Ret 3 3 1 Ret Ret 1 6 44
5 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 Ret 2 Ret 1 1 Ret 2 43
6 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson Ret 8 Ret 10 7 Ret 3 2 1 6 6 Ret Ret 2 7 27
7 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve Ret Ret Ret 7 4 1 1 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 3 DSQ 25
8 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis Ret 5 6 WD 5 Ret 5 6 DSQ 7 7 5 4 6 Ret 14
9 22px-Flag of France René Arnoux 8 Ret 5 8 DNQ Ret 9 4 9 13 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11
10 25px-Mexicoflag Hector Rebaque Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret DNQ Ret 9 5 4 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 11
11 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Ret 3 7 2 Ret Ret Ret 14 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 10
12 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever 5 NC Ret Ret 6 5 NC 13 4 5 DNQ Ret Ret 12 Ret 10
13 22px-Flag of France Didier Pironi Ret Ret Ret 5 8 4 15 5 Ret Ret 9 Ret 5 Ret 9 9
14 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ret 11 Ret WD 3 Ret 6 7 DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 8
15 22px-Flag of Italy Bruno Giacomelli Ret NC 10 Ret 9 Ret 10 15 Ret 15 Ret Ret 8 4 3 7
16 20px-Flag of Switzerland Marc Surer Ret 4 Ret 9 11 6 12 11 14 Ret 8 DNQ 9 Ret 4
17 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti 4 Ret 8 Ret 10 Ret 8 8 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 3
18 22px-Flag of Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ret Ret 11 6 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 DNS 7 Ret 12 1
19 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay 6 10 Ret 11 DNQ 7 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 1
20 22px-Flag of Sweden Slim Borgudd 13 DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ 6 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret DNQ 1
21 22px-Flag of Chile Eliseo Salazar DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNPQ 14 Ret DNQ NC Ret 6 Ret Ret NC 1
22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ret 7 8 8 10 Ret 9 Ret Ret 0
22px-Flag of Italy Siegfried Stohr DNQ Ret 9 DNQ Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret 12 Ret 7 DNQ 0
22px-Flag of Ireland Derek Daly DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNPQ 16 Ret 7 Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 DNQ 0
25px-Brazilflag Chico Serra 7 Ret Ret DNQ Ret DNQ 11 DNS DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret DNQ 12 Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 10 0
22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto Ret 12 Ret DNQ 16 Ret DNQ Ret 9 Ret 11 13 0
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brian Henton DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 10 DNQ DNQ 0
22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jan Lammers Ret DNQ 12 DNQ 0
25px-ARGENntina Ricardo Zunino 13 13 0
22px-Flag of Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani 13 DNQ 0
22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jabouille DNQ NC Ret DNQ Ret 0
22px-Flag of Italy Beppe Gabbiani Ret DNQ DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Derek Warwick DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret 0
25px-ARGENntina Miguel Angel Guerra DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret 0
25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve, Sr. DNQ DNQ 0
USAflagsmall Kevin Cogan DNQ 0
22px-Flag of Italy Giorgio Francia DNQ 0
22px-Flag of Colombia Ricardo Londoño DNP 0
Pos Driver USW
USAflagsmall
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
ARG
25px-ARGENntina
SMR
22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1-
BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil)
MON
25px-Monacoflag
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
GER
Flag of Germany
AUT
22px-Flag of Austria
NED
22px-Flag of the Netherlands
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
CPL
USAflagsmall
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish, inc. non-classified finish
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD) - 2003-2007 only
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Injured or ill (Inj)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)


1981 Constructors Championship final standingsEdit

Pos Constructor Car
no.
USW
USAflagsmall
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
ARG
25px-ARGENntina
SMR
22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1-
BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil)
MON
25px-Monacoflag
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
GER
Flag of Germany
AUT
22px-Flag of Austria
NED
22px-Flag of the Netherlands
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
CPL
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Ford 1 1 2 4 12 Ret 2 7 17 Ret 11 4 3 2 Ret 1 95
2 2 1 2 3 1 Ret 4 10 2 Ret 5 Ret 3 10 8
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 5 3 12 1 1 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 3 2 6 5 5 61
6 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret DNQ Ret 9 5 4 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret
3 22px-Flag of France Renault 15 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 Ret 2 Ret 1 1 Ret 2 54
16 8 Ret 5 8 DNQ Ret 9 4 9 13 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret
4 22px-Flag of France Ligier-Matra 25 Ret 7 DNQ NC Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 44
26 Ret 6 Ret Ret 2 3 2 Ret 3 3 1 Ret Ret 1 6
5 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 27 Ret Ret Ret 7 4 1 1 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 3 DSQ 34
28 Ret Ret Ret 5 8 4 15 5 Ret Ret 9 Ret 5 Ret 9
6 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 7 Ret 8 Ret 10 7 Ret 3 2 1 6 6 Ret Ret 2 7 28
8 Ret Ret 11 6 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 DNS 7 Ret 12
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 11 Ret 5 6 WD 5 Ret 5 6 DSQ 7 7 5 4 6 Ret 22
12 Ret 11 Ret WD 3 Ret 6 7 DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4
8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 29 Ret 3 7 2 Ret Ret Ret 14 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 10
30 DNQ Ret 9 DNQ Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret 12 Ret 7 DNQ DNQ DNQ
9 22px-Flag of Italy Alfa Romeo 22 4 Ret 8 Ret 10 Ret 8 8 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 10
23 Ret NC 10 Ret 9 Ret 10 15 Ret 15 Ret Ret 8 4 3
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 3 5 NC Ret Ret 6 5 NC 13 4 5 DNQ Ret Ret 12 Ret 10
4 DNQ 13 13 Ret 12 Ret DNQ 16 Ret DNQ Ret 9 Ret 11 13
11 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 14 Ret 4 Ret 9 11 6 14 Ret DNQ NC Ret 6 Ret Ret NC 5
12 HK Theodore-Ford 33 6 10 Ret 11 DNQ 7 13 12 11 14 Ret 8 DNQ 9 Ret 1
13 Flag of Germany ATS-Ford 9 Ret DNQ 12 DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ 6 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret DNQ 1
10 13
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom March-Ford 17 DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNPQ 16 Ret 7 Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 DNQ 0
18 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNPQ
25px-Brazilflag Fittipaldi-Ford 20 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret DNQ 12 Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 10 0
21 7 Ret Ret DNQ Ret DNQ 11 DNS DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
22px-Flag of Italy Osella-Ford 31 DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret 13 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
32 Ret DNQ DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNQ WD 8 8 10 Ret 9 Ret Ret
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 35 DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 10 DNQ DNQ 0
36 DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret
Pos Constructor Car
no.
USW
USAflagsmall
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
ARG
25px-ARGENntina
SMR
22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1-
BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil)
MON
25px-Monacoflag
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
GER
Flag of Germany
AUT
22px-Flag of Austria
NED
22px-Flag of the Netherlands
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
CPL
USAflagsmall
Pts

Non-Championship race resultsEdit

A non-Championship Formula One race was also held in 1981, which did not count towards the World Championship. It was technically a Formula Libre race, since the cars did not conform to the current Formula One regulations.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
Flag of South Africasmall South African Grand Prix Kyalami February 7 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth Report

External linksEdit

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