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1981 Brazilian Grand Prix

The 1981 Brazilian Grand Prix was the second motor race of the 1981 Formula One season and was held on 29 March 1981 at Jacarepaguá in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Formula One moved to the Jacarepaguá circuit in Rio de Janeiro from the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo, after safety concerns with the long Interlagos circuit and the growing slums of São Paulo being at odds with the glamorous image of Formula One.

1981 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race 2 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One World Championship
Circuit Jacarepagua.png
Race details
Date March 29, 1981
Official name X Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Location Jacarepaguá Circuit
Jacarepaguá, Rio de Janeiro
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.031 km (3.126 mi)
Distance 62 laps, 311.922 km (193.819 mi)
Scheduled distance 63 laps, 316.953 km (196.945 mi)
Weather Overcast, Fresh, Rain
Pole position
Driver Brabham-Ford
Time 1:35.079
Fastest lap
Driver Switzerland Marc Surer Ensign-Ford
Time 1:54.302 on lap 26
Podium
First Williams-Ford
Second Williams-Ford
Third Arrows-Ford

The Argentine driver Carlos Reutemann won the race in contentious circumstances; he ignored his pit signals to give up the lead to his teammate and team leader Alan Jones. Jones, who finished in 2nd, did not show up on the podium afterwards.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:35.786 1:35.079  —
2 2   Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1:35.390 1:36.000 +0.311
3 1   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:36.337 1:36.690 +1.258
4 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:37.231 1:36.667 +1.588
5 15   Alain Prost Renault 1:37.147 1:36.670 +1.591
6 23   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:38.682 1:37.283 +2.204
7 27   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:37.975 1:37.497 +2.418
8 16   René Arnoux Renault 1:38.985 1:37.561 +2.482
9 22   Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 1:37.933 1:37.597 +2.518
10 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 1:38.352 1:37.734 +2.655
11 6   Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 1:38.225 1:37.777 +2.698
12 20   Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 1:37.981 1:39.371 +2.902
13 12   Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 1:38.861 1:38.003 +2.924
14 3   Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 1:38.160 1:38.521 +3.081
15 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:40.057 1:38.263 +3.184
16 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:38.273 1:38.713 +3.194
17 28   Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:39.229 1:38.565 +3.486
18 14   Marc Surer Ensign-Ford 1:39.296 1:38.570 +3.491
19 33   Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 1:38.726 1:39.668 +3.647
20 8   Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 1:39.409 1:38.780 +3.701
21 30   Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 1:40.297 1:39.190 +4.111
22 21   Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 1:39.326 1:39.396 +4.247
23 25   Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Matra  — 1:39.398 +4.319
24 4   Ricardo Zunino Tyrrell-Ford 1:41.036 1:39.798 +4.719
25 9   Jan Lammers ATS-Ford 1:40.339 1:39.844 +4.765
26 25   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ligier-Matra 1:40.306 withdrew +5.227
27 32   Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford 1:41.954 1:40.709 +5.630
28 31   Miguel Angel Guerra Osella-Ford 1:40.984 1:44.482 +5.905
29 18   Eliseo Salazar March-Ford 1:44.730 1:43.267 +8.188
30 17   Derek Daly March-Ford no time no time  —
Source:[1]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2   Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 62 2:00:23.66 2 9
2 1   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 62 + 4.44 3 6
3 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 62 + 1:03.08 4 4
4 14   Marc Surer Ensign-Ford 62 + 1:17.03 18 3
5 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 62 + 1:26.42 10 2
6 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 62 + 1:26.83 16 1
7 25   Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Matra 62 + 1:30.25 23  
8 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 61 + 1 Lap 15  
9 20   Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 61 + 1 Lap 12  
10 33   Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 61 + 1 Lap 19  
11 12   Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 61 + 1 Lap 13  
12 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 60 + 2 Laps 1  
13 4   Ricardo Zunino Tyrrell-Ford 57 + 5 Laps 24  
NC 3   Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 49 Not Classified 14  
NC 23   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 40 Not Classified 6  
Ret 27   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 25 Turbo 7  
Ret 6   Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 22 Spun Off 11  
Ret 15   Alain Prost Renault 20 Collision 5  
Ret 30   Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 20 Accident 21  
Ret 28   Didier Pironi Ferrari 19 Collision 17  
Ret 8   Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 9 Engine 20  
Ret 16   René Arnoux Renault 0 Collision 8  
Ret 22   Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 9  
Ret 21   Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 0 Collision 22  
DNQ 9   Jan Lammers ATS-Ford    
DNQ 32   Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford    
DNQ 31   Miguel Angel Guerra Osella-Ford    
DNQ 18   Eliseo Salazar March-Ford    
DNQ 17   Derek Daly March-Ford        
DNP 14   Ricardo Londoño Ensign-Ford   Car raced by Surer  
Source:[2]

Colombian driver Ricardo Londoño was denied a superlicense, was not allowed to participate in official practice, and unable to race.

NotesEdit

  • First and only fastest lap: Marc Surer
  • First and only entry: Ricardo Londoño
  • First points: Marc Surer

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hamilton, Maurice, ed. (1981). AUTOCOURSE 1981–82. Hazleton Publishing Ltd. p. 98. ISBN 0-905138-17-1.
  2. ^ "1981 Brazilian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Brazil 1981 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Lang, Mike (1992). Grand Prix! Vol 4. Haynes Publishing Group. pp. 23–25. ISBN 0-85429-733-2.


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