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1981 Spanish Grand Prix

The 1981 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 21 June 1981 at the Circuito Permanente del Jarama, Jarama, Spain.

1981 Spanish Grand Prix
Race 7 of 15 in the 1981 Formula One World Championship
Circuito Permanente del Jarama 1980.svg
Race details
Date 21 June 1981
Official name XXVII Gran Premio de España
Location Circuito Permanente Del Jarama, Jarama, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.312 km (2.06 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 264.96 km (164.70 mi)
Weather Sunny, hot
Pole position
Driver Ligier-Matra
Time 1:13.754[1]
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Cosworth
Time 1:17.818 on lap 5[2]
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ligier-Matra
Third McLaren-Ford

Contents

SummaryEdit

The 1981 Spanish Grand Prix featured the second closest finish ever of a Formula One race: after Gilles Villeneuve's Ferrari, the four following cars finished in just 1.24 seconds. This was Villeneuve's last victory, often regarded as his tactical masterpiece.[3]

There were some changes for this race: Eliseo Salazar had left March to join Ensign, replacing Marc Surer. Also, John Player Special sponsorship and livery returned to Team Lotus after a 2-year hiatus.

The pole went to Jacques Laffite on his Ligier-Matra with the two Williams-Cosworth of Alan Jones and Carlos Reutemann second and third ahead of John Watson's McLaren, Alain Prost's Renault and the Alfa Romeo of Bruno Giacomelli. Gilles Villeneuve was seventh.

Race day was unusually hot. At the beginning of the race Jones and Reutemann went into the lead, as Laffite made a poor start. Villeneuve jumped into third place at the first corner, damaging Prost's front wing as he took the position. At the end of the first lap Villeneuve pulled out of Reutemann's slipstream and took second place. Jones began to build a lead but on lap 14 he went off the track, when he was 10 seconds ahead of the Canadian.

This left Villeneuve with Reutemann on his tail. Behind them Watson, Laffite and Elio de Angelis began to close on the dueling leaders. Reutemann was having some trouble with his gearbox and when Laffite arrived behind him there was little the Argentinian could do to stop him from overtaking. Reutemann would later drop behind Watson. The five front-runners became a train of cars, packed together for the remaining laps of the race.

Villeneuve used the power of his Ferrari engine on the straight to gain a little margin and not get overtaken by his rivals, but in the corners they were all over him. Many times Laffite pulled alongside the Canadian as they went out a corner but the Ferrari would stay ahead as the horsepower kicked in. The five remained locked together right to the flag, crossing the line covered by just 1.24 seconds to record the second-closest race in the history of Formula One.

This would be the last Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama, owing to criticism of the track being too narrow for modern Formula One, the unpleasant conditions and the small crowd[4] (the small turn-out was probably due to the backlash of the previous year's race not being counted as a World Championship race, the announcement was made on the weekend itself); and the last Spanish Grand Prix until the 1986 season, when it would be held at the newly built Jerez circuit in the south of the country.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:14.822 1:13.754  —
2 1   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:14.424 1:14.024 +0.270
3 2   Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1:14.808 1:14.342 +0.588
4 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:15.094 1:14.657 +0.903
5 15   Alain Prost Renault 1:14.980 1:14.669 +0.915
6 23   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:16.807 1:14.897 +1.143
7 27   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:16.548 1:14.987 +1.233
8 22   Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 1:15.576 1:15.159 +1.405
9 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:16.861 1:15.355 +1.601
10 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 1:15.399 1:15.449 +1.645
11 12   Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 1:16.226 1:15.562 +1.808
12 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:16.038 1:15.627 +1.873
13 28   Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:16.522 1:15.715 +1.961
14 8   Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 1:16.119 1:15.850 +2.096
15 20   Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 1:16.040 1:15.924 +2.170
16 33   Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 1:17.347 1:16.355 +2.601
17 16   René Arnoux Renault 1:17.132 1:16.406 +2.652
18 6   Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 1:16.722 1:16.527 +2.773
19 25   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ligier-Matra 1:16.559 1:16.794 +2.805
20 3   Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.459 1:16.641 +2.887
21 21   Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 1:18.705 1:16.782 +3.028
22 17   Derek Daly March-Ford 1:17.416 1:16.979 +3.225
23 30   Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 1:18.331 1:17.294 +3.540
24 14   Eliseo Salazar Ensign-Ford 1:18.769 1:17.822 +4.068
25 4   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:18.859 1:17.943 +4.189
26 31   Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford no time 1:18.169 +4.415
27 9   Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 1:20.028 1:18.263 +4.509
28 35   Brian Henton Toleman-Hart 1:19.815 1:18.340 +4.586
29 36   Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:20.342 1:18.872 +5.118
30 32   Giorgio Francia Osella-Ford 1:19.586 8:22.382 +5.832
WD 37   Emilio de Villota Williams-Ford  —  —  —
Source:[5]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 80 1:46:35.01 7 9
2 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 80 + 0.22 1 6
3 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 80 + 0.58 4 4
4 2   Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 80 + 1.01 3 3
5 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 80 + 1.24 10 2
6 12   Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 80 + 28.58 11 1
7 1   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 80 + 56.58 2  
8 22   Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 80 + 1:00.80 8  
9 16   René Arnoux Renault 80 + 1:07.08 17  
10 23   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 80 + 1:13.65 6  
11 21   Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 21  
12 20   Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 15  
13 33   Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 16  
14 14   Eliseo Salazar Ensign-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 24  
15 28   Didier Pironi Ferrari 76 + 4 Laps 13  
16 17   Derek Daly March-Ford 75 + 5 Laps 22  
NC 3   Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 62 Not Classified 20  
Ret 25   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ligier-Matra 51 Brakes 19  
Ret 6   Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 46 Gearbox 18  
Ret 30   Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 43 Ignition 23  
Ret 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 43 Accident 9  
Ret 15   Alain Prost Renault 28 Spun Off 5  
Ret 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 21 Brakes 12  
Ret 8   Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 9 Accident 14  
DNQ 4   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford    
DNQ 31   Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford    
DNQ 9   Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford    
DNQ 35   Brian Henton Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 36   Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 32   Giorgio Francia Osella-Ford        
Source:[6]

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. 40. ISBN 0-85429-733-2.
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1992). Grand Prix! Vol 4. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 43. ISBN 0-85429-733-2.
  3. ^ Gerald Donaldson. Gilles Villeneuve: The Life of the Legendary Racing Driver (London: Motor Racing Publications, 1996) ISBN 978-0-947981-44-0
  4. ^ "1981-FIA-Review-07-Spain". YouTube. 2006-07-17. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  5. ^ Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1981). AUTOCOURSE 1981–82. Hazleton Publishing Ltd. p. 146. ISBN 0-905138-17-1.
  6. ^ "1981 Spanish Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 24 August 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.


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