25px-Monacoflag  1981 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One season
Circuit de Monaco 1976
Date May 31, 1981
Location Circuit de Monaco
Course Street circuit
3.34 km (2.08 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 76 laps, 253.84 km (158.08 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford
Time 1:25.710
Fastest lap
Driver 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:27.47 on lap 48
First 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
Second 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Third 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra

Nelson Piquet in a Brabham BT49C

The 1981 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monaco on May 31, 1981.


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.

Classification Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 76 1:54:23.38 2 9
2 1 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones Williams-Ford 76 + 39.91 7 6
3 26 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 76 + 1:29.24 8 4
4 28 22px-Flag of France Didier Pironi Ferrari 75 + 1 Lap 17 3
5 3 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 74 + 2 Laps 15 2
6 14 20px-Flag of Switzerland Marc Surer Ensign-Ford 74 + 2 Laps 19 1
7 33 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 72 + 4 Laps 16  
Ret 5 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 53 Spun Off 1  
Ret 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 52 Engine 10  
Ret 4 22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 50 Collision 20  
Ret 23 22px-Flag of Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 50 Collision 18  
Ret 15 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost Renault 45 Engine 9  
Ret 2 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 33 Gearbox 4  
Ret 11 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 32 Engine 6  
Ret 16 22px-Flag of France René Arnoux Renault 32 Spun Off 13  
Ret 29 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 29 Gearbox 5  
Ret 12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 15 Suspension 3  
Ret 30 22px-Flag of Italy Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 14 Fuel System 14  
Ret 8 22px-Flag of Italy Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 0 Collision 11  
Ret 22 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 12  
DNQ 20 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford        
DNQ 25 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ligier-Matra        
DNQ 6 25px-Mexicoflag Hector Rebaque Brabham-Ford        
DNQ 21 25px-Brazilflag Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford        
DNQ 32 22px-Flag of Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford        
DNQ 31 22px-Flag of Italy Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford        
DNPQ 10 22px-Flag of Sweden Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford        
DNPQ 18 22px-Flag of Ireland Derek Daly March-Ford        
DNPQ 17 22px-Flag of Chile Eliseo Salazar March-Ford        
DNPQ 35 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brian Henton Toleman-Hart        
DNPQ 36 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart        

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann 34
2 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones 24
3 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet 22
4 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve 12
5 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite 11
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Ford 58
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 25
3 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 17
4 22px-Flag of France Ligier-Matra 11
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 10
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-16. 

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