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1981 British Grand Prix

The 1981 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 18 July 1981. John Watson won his first race for five years, and McLaren's first since James Hunt's victory at the 1977 Japanese Grand Prix. The race also marked the first victory for a carbon fibre composite monocoque F1 car, the McLaren MP4/1.

1981 British Grand Prix
Race 9 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 18 July 1981
Official name XXXIV Marlboro British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, Great Britain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.719 km (2.932 mi)
Distance 68 laps, 320.892 km (199.376 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:11.000
Fastest lap
Driver France René Arnoux Renault
Time 1:15.067 on lap 50
Podium
First McLaren-Ford
Second Williams-Ford
Third Ligier-Matra

Contents

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 16   René Arnoux Renault 1:12.158 1:11.000  —
2 15   Alain Prost Renault 1:12.237 1:11.046 +0.046
3 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:12.328 1:11.952 +0.952
4 28   Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:14.070 1:12.644 +1.644
5 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:13.370 1:12.712 +1.712
6 8   Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 1:13.976 1:12.728 +1.728
7 1   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:12.998 1:13.250 +1.998
8 27   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:14.182 1:13.311 +2.311
9 2   Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1:13.467 1:13.371 +2.371
10 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:15.217 1:13.762 +2.762
11 22   Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 1:14.440 1:13.928 +2.928
12 23   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:14.119 1:14.442 +3.119
13 6   Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 1:14.594 1:14.542 +3.542
14 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:15.313 1:14.798 +3.798
15 25   Patrick Tambay Ligier-Matra 1:15.656 1:14.976 +3.976
16 20   Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 1:16.695 1:15.165 +4.165
17 17   Derek Daly March-Ford 1:15.189 1:15.303 +4.189
18 30   Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 1:17.229 1:15.304 +4.304
19 4   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:16.446 1:15.850 +4.850
20 32   Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 1:15.943 1:15.898 +4.898
21 9   Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 1:16.758 1:15.959 +4.959
22 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 1:16.029† 1:15.971 +4.971
23 3   Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 1:16.381 1:16.099 +5.099
24 33   Marc Surer Theodore-Ford 1:17.124 1:16.155 +5.155
25 21   Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 1:18.173 1:16.360 +5.360
26 35   Brian Henton Toleman-Hart 1:16.388 1:19.602 +5.388
27 12   Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 1:15.992† 1:16.432 +5.432
28 14   Eliseo Salazar Ensign-Ford 1:17.053 1:16.694 +5.694
29 36   Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:17.998 1:16.891 +5.891
30 31   Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford 1:20.377 1:17.784 +6.784
Source:[1]
  • †-time disallowed.

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 68 1:26:54.80 5 9
2 2   Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 68 + 40.65 9 6
3 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 67 + 1 Lap 14 4
4 3   Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 23 3
5 6   Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 13 2
6 9   Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 21 1
7 17   Derek Daly March-Ford 66 + 2 Laps 17  
8 32   Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 65 + 3 Laps 20  
9 16   René Arnoux Renault 64 Distributor 1  
10 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 64 Engine 10  
11 33   Marc Surer Theodore-Ford 61 Out of Fuel 24  
Ret 22   Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 59 Throttle 11  
Ret 20   Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 56 Suspension 16  
DSQ 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 25 Disqualified 22  
Ret 15   Alain Prost Renault 17 Distributor 2  
Ret 25   Patrick Tambay Ligier-Matra 15 Clutch 15  
Ret 28   Didier Pironi Ferrari 13 Turbo 4  
Ret 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 11 Tyre 3  
Ret 23   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 5 Transmission 12  
Ret 27   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 4 Spun Off 8  
Ret 1   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 3 Collision 7  
Ret 8   Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 3 Spun Off 6  
Ret 4   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1 Clutch 19  
Ret 30   Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 0 Spun Off 18  
DNQ 21   Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford    
DNQ 35   Brian Henton Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 12   Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford    
DNQ 14   Eliseo Salazar Ensign-Ford    
DNQ 36   Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 31   Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford        
Source:[2]

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. 166. ISBN 0-905138-17-1.
  2. ^ "1981 British Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.


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