1981 San Marino Grand Prix

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

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.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

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

Race[edit]

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

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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