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The 1981 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Imola on 3 May 1981.

1981 San Marino Grand Prix
Race 4 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One World Championship
Circuit Imola 1992.png
Race details
Date 3 May 1981
Official name 1º Gran Premio di San Marino
Location Autodromo Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.000 km (3.107 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 300.000 km (186.411 mi)
Weather Rain, cold
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:34.523
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
Time 1:48.064 on lap 46
Podium
First Brabham-Ford
Second Arrows-Ford
Third Williams-Ford

The race was the first to bear the title "San Marino Grand Prix", although the Imola circuit is in Italy and several non-championship Formula One races and the 1980 Italian Grand Prix had previously been held at the circuit. The Acque-Minerali chicane had been widened from the year before and was faster; the chicane in its original narrow configuration in 1980 was unpopular with drivers because it was very slow.

The Lotus team withdrew their entries because the FIA upheld the ban on the Lotus 88 and team owner Colin Chapman felt the 81s were no longer competitive.[1]

Gilles Villeneuve took the early lead until an ill-fated pit stop for slick tyres, whereafter Didier Pironi held the lead until late in the race and was passed by Nelson Piquet, who eventually won the race. As well as being Michele Alboreto's Grand Prix debut, the race is also notable for the recovery of Gilles Villeneuve to seventh place, after misjudgement of tyre selection for the conditions. While the team did not qualify for the race, it was the first race entered by Toleman, which is now Renault Sport F1.

Contents

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 27   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:35.576 1:34.523  —
2 2   Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1:35.844 1:35.229 +0.706
3 16   René Arnoux Renault 1:35.281 1:35.292 +0.758
4 15   Alain Prost Renault 1:35.579 3:58.089 +1.056
5 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:37.417 1:35.733 +1.210
6 28   Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:36.168 1:35.868 +1.345
7 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:37.639 1:36.241 +1.718
8 1   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:36.280 1:36.317 +1.757
9 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:37.061 1:36.390 +1.867
10 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:38.908 1:36.477 +1.954
11 23   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:39.372 1:36.776 +2.253
12 22   Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 1:37.587 1:36.919 +2.396
13 6   Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 1:38.822 1:37.264 +2.741
14 8   Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 1:38.019 1:37.382 +2.859
15 20   Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 1:37.459 1:37.906 +2.936
16 33   Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 1:39.215 1:37.545 +3.022
17 4   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:39.341 1:37.771 +3.248
18 25   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ligier-Matra 1:38.140 1:38.702 +3.617
19 3   Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 1:38.369 1:38.266 +3.743
20 32   Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford 1:39.245 1:38.302 +3.779
21 14   Marc Surer Ensign-Ford 1:38.341 1:38.488 +3.818
22 31   Miguel Angel Guerra Osella-Ford 1:39.799 1:38.773 +4.250
23 18   Eliseo Salazar March-Ford 1:39.161 1:38.827 +4.304
24 10   Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 1:41.196 1:39.079 +4.556
25 30   Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 1:39.112 1:39.553 +4.589
26 17   Derek Daly March-Ford 1:39.453 1:39.157 +4.634
27 9   Jan Lammers ATS-Ford 1:40.872 1:39.419 +4.896
28 21   Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 1:51.453 1:41.114 +6.591
29 36   Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:54.020 1:43.187 +8.664
30 35   Brian Henton Toleman-Hart 1:49.951 no time +15.428
WD 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford  —  —  —
WD 12   Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford  —  —  —
Source:[2]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 60 1:51:23.97 5 9
2 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 60 + 4.58 9 6
3 2   Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 60 + 6.34 2 4
4 6   Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 60 + 22.89 13 3
5 28   Didier Pironi Ferrari 60 + 25.87 6 2
6 8   Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 60 + 1:06.61 14 1
7 27   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 60 + 1:41.97 1  
8 16   René Arnoux Renault 59 + 1 Lap 3  
9 14   Marc Surer Ensign-Ford 59 + 1 Lap 21  
10 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 58 + 2 Laps 7  
11 33   Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 58 + 2 Laps 16  
12 1   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 58 + 2 Laps 8  
13 10   Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 57 +3 Laps 24  
NC 25   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ligier-Matra 45 Not Classified 18  
Ret 17   Eliseo Salazar March-Ford 38 Spun Off 23  
Ret 4   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 31 Collision 17  
Ret 32   Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford 31 Collision 20  
Ret 23   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 28 Collision 11  
Ret 3   Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 28 Collision 19  
Ret 22   Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 26 Gearbox 12  
Ret 20   Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 14 Engine 15  
Ret 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 7 Suspension 10  
Ret 15   Alain Prost Renault 3 Gearbox 4  
Ret 31   Miguel Angel Guerra Osella-Ford 0 Accident 22  
DNQ 30   Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford    
DNQ 18   Derek Daly March-Ford    
DNQ 9   Jan Lammers ATS-Ford    
DNQ 21   Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford    
DNQ 36   Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 35   Brian Henton Toleman-Hart    
WD 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford    
WD 12   Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford        
Source:[3]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1992). Grand Prix! Vol 4. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 29. ISBN 0-85429-733-2.
  2. ^ Hamilton, Maurice, ed. (1981). AUTOCOURSE 1981–82. Hazleton Publishing Ltd. p. 118. ISBN 0-905138-17-1.
  3. ^ "1981 San Marino Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "San Marino 1981 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.


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