1981

Formula One Legends: World Championship 1981

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

Carlos Reutemann attempred a quick start on the 1981 Formula One World Championship. After six races he had a ten-point lead over his closest competitor, his teammate, Alan Jones, a man with whom he did not have the best of relationships, especially after the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix, where Reutemann refused to let Jones by for the win. After nine races a new competitor slowly began to show himself; that man was Nelson Piquet. He won already two initial races of the championship but he then lacked of consistency.

Grand Prix Date Winning Driver Team Laps Time
USA West 15/03/1981 Alan Jones Williams-Ford 80 1:50’41.33
Brazil 29/03/1981 Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 62 2:00’23.66
Argentina 12/04/1981 Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 53 1:34’32.74
San Marino 03/05/1981 Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 60 1:51’23.97
Belgium 17/05/1981 Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 54 1:16’31.61
Monaco 31/05/1981 Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 76 1:54’23.38
Spain 21/06/1981 Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 80 1:46’35.01
Switzerland 05/07/1981 Alain Prost Renault 80 1:35’48.13
Great Britain 18/07/1981 John Watson McLaren-Ford 68 1:26’54.80
Germany 02/08/1981 Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 45 1:25’55.60
Austria 16/08/1981 Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 53 1:27’36.47
Netherlands 30/08/1981 Alain Prost Renault 72 1:40’22.43
Italy 13/09/1981 Alain Prost Renault 52 1:26’36.897
Canada 27/09/1981 Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 63 2:01’25.20
Las Vegas 17/10/1981 Alan Jones Williams-Ford 75 1:44’09.077

At the end of the season Nelson Piquet won 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. Well impressed the new Renault driver, the french Alain Prost.

Championship Final Standing – Drivers

1 Nelson Piquet 50
2 Carlos Reutemann 49
3 Alan Jones 46
4 Jacques Laffite 44
5 Alain Prost 43
6 John Watson 27
7 Gilles Villeneuve 25
8 Elio de Angelis 14
9 René Arnoux 11
10 Hector Rebaque 11

Championship Final Standing  – Constructors

Pos Constructor Pts
1 Williams-Ford 95
2 Brabham-Ford 61
3 Renault 54
4 Ligier-Matra 44
5 Ferrari 34
6 McLaren-Ford 28
7 Lotus-Ford 22
8 Arrows-Ford 10
9 Alfa Romeo 10
10 Tyrrell-Ford 10

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