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1981 Monaco Grand Prix

Coordinates: 43°44′4.74″N 7°25′16.8″E / 43.7346500°N 7.421333°E / 43.7346500; 7.421333

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

1981 Monaco Grand Prix
Race 6 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date May 31, 1981
Location Circuit de Monaco
Course Street circuit
Course length 3.312 km (2.057 mi)
Distance 76 laps, 251.712 km (156.406 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Brabham-Ford
Time 1:25.710
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:27.47 on lap 48
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Williams-Ford
Third Ligier-Matra

Contents

RaceEdit

The start of the race was delayed after a fire in the Loews Hotel kitchens, which necessitated the fire service pumping large quantities of water to put the fires out. Water then seeped through the floors of the hotel and into the tunnel, delaying the race for an hour. 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.

ClassificationEdit

Pre-qualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 33   Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 1:30.492  —
2 14   Marc Surer Ensign-Ford 1:31.249 +0.757
3 32   Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford 1:32.704 +2.212
4 31   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:33.189 +2.697
5 10   Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 1:33.285 +2.793
6 17   Derek Daly March-Ford 1:33.800 +3.308
7 18   Eliseo Salazar March-Ford 1:35.249 +4.757
8 35   Brian Henton Toleman-Hart 1:37.528 +7.036
9 36   Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:41.966 +11.474

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:25.710 1:28.667  —
2 27   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:26.891 1:25.788 +0.078
3 12   Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 1:27.174 1:25.815 +0.105
4 2   Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1:27.643 1:26.010 +0.300
5 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:27.447 1:26.040 +0.330
6 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 1:28.381 1:26.259 +0.549
7 1   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:26.938 1:26.538 +0.828
8 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:27.468 1:26.704 +0.994
9 15   Alain Prost Renault 1:27.623 1:26.953 +1.243
10 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:28.137 1:27.058 +1.348
11 8   Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 1:28.966 1:27.122 +1.412
12 22   Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 1:27.512 1:28.162 +1.802
13 16   René Arnoux Renault 1:28.613 1:27.513 +1.803
14 30   Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 1:29.789 1:27.564 +1.854
15 3   Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 1:29.282 1:27.594 +1.884
16 33   Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 1:28.897 1:27.939 +2.229
17 28   Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:29.150 1:28.266 +2.556
18 23   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:28.335 1:28.323 +2.613
19 14   Marc Surer Ensign-Ford 1:29.611 1:28.339 +2.629
20 4   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:30.699 1:28.358 +2.648
21 20   Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 1:29.924 1:28.436 +2.726
22 25   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ligier-Matra 1:29.752 1:28.841 +3.131
23 6   Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 1:29.188 1:29.256 +3.478
24 21   Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 1:32.109 1:29.434 +3.724
25 31   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford no time 1:29.694 +3.984
26 32   Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford 1:30.963 1:29.795 +4.085
Source:[1]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 76 1:54:23.38 2 9
2 1   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 76 + 39.91 7 6
3 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 76 + 1:29.24 8 4
4 28   Didier Pironi Ferrari 75 + 1 Lap 17 3
5 3   Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 74 + 2 Laps 15 2
6 14   Marc Surer Ensign-Ford 74 + 2 Laps 19 1
7 33   Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 72 + 4 Laps 16  
Ret 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 53 Spun Off 1  
Ret 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 52 Engine 10  
Ret 4   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 50 Collision 20  
Ret 23   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 50 Collision 18  
Ret 15   Alain Prost Renault 45 Engine 9  
Ret 2   Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 33 Gearbox 4  
Ret 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 32 Engine 6  
Ret 16   René Arnoux Renault 32 Spun Off 13  
Ret 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 29 Gearbox 5  
Ret 12   Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 15 Suspension 3  
Ret 30   Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 14 Fuel System 14  
Ret 8   Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 0 Collision 11  
Ret 22   Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 12  
DNQ 20   Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford        
DNQ 25   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ligier-Matra        
DNQ 6   Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford        
DNQ 21   Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford        
DNQ 32   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford        
DNQ 31   Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford        
DNPQ 10   Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford        
DNPQ 18   Derek Daly March-Ford        
DNPQ 17   Eliseo Salazar March-Ford        
DNPQ 35   Brian Henton Toleman-Hart        
DNPQ 36   Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart        
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. 138. ISBN 0-905138-17-1.
  2. ^ "1981 Monaco Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.


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