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1981 Formula One season

1981 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Nelson Piquet
Constructors' Champion: Williams-Ford
Previous: 1980 Next: 1982

The 1981 Formula One season was the 32nd season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1981 FIA Formula One World Championship which was contested over a fifteen race series that commenced on 15 March and ended on 17 October. Formula One cars also contested the 1981 South African Grand Prix, although this was technically a Formula Libre race and was not part of the Formula One World Championship.[1]

The 1981 championship was the inaugural FIA Formula One World Championship, replacing the former World Championship for Drivers.[2] Nelson Piquet won the Drivers' Championship, claiming the first of his three Formula One titles and Williams won the Constructors' Championship.

Drivers and constructors

The following teams and drivers contested the 1981 FIA Formula One World Championship:

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The Drivers' Championship was won by Nelson Piquet, who drove for the Brabham team.
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Carlos Reutemann, driving for Williams, placed second in the Drivers' Championship by just one point
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Reutemann's team mate Alan Jones placed third in the Drivers' Championship
Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyres No Driver Rounds
23x15px Albilad Williams Racing Team
23x15px TAG Williams Racing Team
Williams-Ford FW07C Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
G
1 23x15px Alan Jones All
2 23x15px Carlos Reutemann All
23x15px Tyrrell Racing Team Tyrrell-Ford 010
011
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
A
3 23x15px Eddie Cheever All
4 23x15px Kevin Cogan 1
23x15px Ricardo Zunino 2–3
23x15px Michele Alboreto 4–15
23x15px Parmalat Racing Team Brabham-Ford BT49C
BT50
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
G
5 23x15px Nelson Piquet All
6 23x15px Hector Rebaque All
23x15px Marlboro McLaren International McLaren-Ford M29F
MP4/1
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M 7 23x15px John Watson All
8 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris All
23x15px Team ATS ATS-Ford D4
HGS1
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
A
9 23x15px Jan Lammers 1–4
23x15px Slim Borgudd 5–15
10 4
23x15px Team Essex Lotus
23x15px John Player Team Lotus
Lotus-Ford 81B
87
88
88B
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
G
11 23x15px Elio de Angelis 1–3, 5–15
12 23x15px Nigel Mansell 1–3, 5–15
23x15px Ensign Racing Ensign-Ford N180B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
A
14 23x16px Marc Surer 1–6
23x15px Ricardo Londoño 2
23x15px Eliseo Salazar 7–15
23x15px Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE20B
RE30
Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6t M 15 23x15px Alain Prost All
16 23x15px René Arnoux All
23x15px March Grand Prix Team March-Ford 811 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
A
17
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1–3, 7–15
23x15px Eliseo Salazar 4–6
18 1–3
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4–6
23x15px Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi-Ford F8C Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
A


P

20 23x15px Keke Rosberg 1–10, 12–15
21 23x15px Chico Serra 1–10, 12–15
23x15px Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 179B
179C
179D
Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12 M 22 23x15px Mario Andretti All
23 23x15px Bruno Giacomelli All
23x15px Equipe Talbot Gitanes Ligier-Matra JS17 Matra MS81 3.0 V12 M 25 23x15px Jean-Pierre Jarier 1–2
23x15px Jean-Pierre Jabouille 3–7
23x15px Patrick Tambay 8–15
26 23x15px Jacques Laffite All
23x15px Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 126CK Ferrari 021 1.5 V6t M 27 23x15px Gilles Villeneuve All
28 23x15px Didier Pironi All
23x15px Ragno Arrows Beta Racing Team Arrows-Ford A3 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
P
29 23x15px Riccardo Patrese All
30 23x15px Siegfried Stohr 1–13
23x15px Jacques Villeneuve, Sr. 14–15
23x15px Osella Squadra Corse Osella-Ford FA1B
FA1C
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M 31 23x15px Miguel Ángel Guerra 1–4
23x15px Piercarlo Ghinzani 5
23x15px Beppe Gabbiani 6–15
32 1–5
23x15px Piercarlo Ghinzani 6
23x15px Giorgio Francia 7
23x15px Miguel Ángel Guerra 8
23x15px Jean-Pierre Jarier 9–15
23x15px Theodore Racing Team Theodore-Ford TY01 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
A
33 23x15px Patrick Tambay 1–7
23x16px Marc Surer 8–15
23x15px Candy Toleman Motorsport Toleman-Hart TG181 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t P 35 23x15px Brian Henton 4–15
36 23x15px Derek Warwick 4–15

Season review

Rnd Race Date Location Pole Position Fastest Lap Race Winner Constructor Report
1 23x15px United States Grand Prix West 15 March Long Beach 23x15px Riccardo Patrese 23x15px Alan Jones 23x15px Alan Jones 23x15px Williams-Ford Report
2 23x15px Brazilian Grand Prix 29 March Jacarepaguá 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x16px Marc Surer 23x15px Carlos Reutemann 23x15px Williams-Ford Report
3 23x15px Argentine Grand Prix 12 April Buenos Aires 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Brabham-Ford Report
4 23x15px San Marino Grand Prix 3 May Imola 23x15px Gilles Villeneuve 23x15px Gilles Villeneuve 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Brabham-Ford Report
5 23x15px Belgian Grand Prix 17 May Zolder 23x15px Carlos Reutemann 23x15px Carlos Reutemann 23x15px Carlos Reutemann 23x15px Williams-Ford Report
6 23x15px Monaco Grand Prix 31 May Monaco 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Alan Jones 23x15px Gilles Villeneuve 23x15px Ferrari Report
7 23x15px Spanish Grand Prix 21 June Jarama 23x15px Jacques Laffite 23x15px Alan Jones 23x15px Gilles Villeneuve 23x15px Ferrari Report
8 23x15px French Grand Prix 5 July Dijon-Prenois 23x15px René Arnoux 23x15px Alain Prost 23x15px Alain Prost 23x15px Renault Report
9 23x15px British Grand Prix 18 July Silverstone 23x15px René Arnoux 23x15px René Arnoux 23x15px John Watson 23x15px McLaren-Ford Report
10 23x15px German Grand Prix 2 August Hockenheimring 23x15px Alain Prost 23x15px Alan Jones 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Brabham-Ford Report
11 23x15px Austrian Grand Prix 16 August Österreichring 23x15px René Arnoux 23x15px Jacques Laffite 23x15px Jacques Laffite 23x15px Ligier-Matra Report
12 23x15px Dutch Grand Prix 30 August Zandvoort 23x15px Alain Prost 23x15px Alan Jones 23x15px Alain Prost 23x15px Renault Report
13 23x15px Italian Grand Prix 13 September Monza 23x15px René Arnoux 23x15px Carlos Reutemann 23x15px Alain Prost 23x15px Renault Report
14 23x15px Canadian Grand Prix 27 September Île Notre-Dame 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px John Watson 23x15px Jacques Laffite 23x15px Ligier-Matra Report
15 23x15px Caesars Palace Grand Prix 17 October Caesars Palace 23x15px Carlos Reutemann 23x15px Didier Pironi 23x15px Alan Jones 23x15px Williams-Ford Report

Notes: The final race was originally supposed to be held at Watkins Glen, but this track was dropped from the calendar in May due to the circuit's financial difficulties. And the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami on February 7 was originally on the calendar, but difficulties from the ongoing FISA–FOCA war led to the event being run as a non-championship race; and it was contested only by the Ford-Cosworth powered teams all running cars that had aerodynamic devices which were banned for the 1981 championship season.

Season summary

The 1981 Formula One season was an extraordinary season of Grand Prix racing for many reasons: it was effectively the first season that Briton and Brabham team owner Bernie Ecclestone and FOCA had the Concorde Agreement in place, which would set Formula One on a course to become a profitable business, thanks to the growing professional involvement of outside companies and professional sponsorship.

Race 1 (Eventually stripped of championship status): South Africa

The South African Grand Prix held on February 7 (an event which was a consistent mainstay on the Formula One calendar) at the Kyalami Circuit near Johannesburg, was originally supposed to be the first round of the 1981 Formula One championship- but it was eventually stripped of its championship status. The ongoing FISA-FOCA war resulted in Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) insisting on a date change which was not acceptable to the race organisers. Approval was ultimately given for the race to go ahead on its original date but as a Formula Libre race rather than as a round of the Formula One World Championship. The downgraded race was supported by the Formula One Constructors Association (FOCA) aligned teams but not by the teams of the manufacturers, whose allegiances lay with FISA. This race was run with the cars running in 1980-spec. trim, with the ground-effect wing cars of the time, equipped with sliding skirts that increased their downforce by ensuring the air under the car did not escape from under the car, where the most important airflow was. This race, run in wet conditions, was won by the Argentine driver Carlos Reutemann in a Williams-Ford/Cosworth.

Race 1: United States West

The first of two rounds in the United States of America started F1's Americas tour on March 15 at the Long Beach street circuit in southern California, just outside of the Hollywood film industry-dominated metropolis of Los Angeles. The cars were now running in new 1981-spec cars, with the sliding skirts now banned and cars required to have a 6 cm ground clearance, in order to reduce downforce. Australian Alan Jones won this race in Williams-Ford/Cosworth after pole-sitter Riccardo Patrese in an Arrows-Ford/Cosworth fell out and Jones's teammate Carlos Reutemann made a race-costing error that Jones took advantage of.

Race 2: Brazil

The Formula One circus moved from North to South America to start a 2-leg tour there. The first round was at the Jacarepagua Autodrome in Rio de Janeiro- only the second time F1 had been there. F1 had previously visited the 5-mile Interlagos circuit in São Paulo the year from 1972-1980; this circuit was effectively dropped after 1980 because of safety issues with the circuit and the growing slums around the circuit being at odds with Formula One's glamorous image. This rain-soaked race saw Reutemann disobey team orders to let Jones through, and a furious Jones did not appear on the podium afterwards.

Race 3: Argentina

The other half of the South American tour in Reutemann's home country of Argentina was usually held in January; this time it was in April. This race was a procession: at the varied circuit located in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, Brabham designer Gordon Murray had come up with a hydraulic suspension to get his BT49C closer to the ground, and therefore be faster. This proved effective- as Brabham driver Nelson Piquet took pole ahead of French up-and-comer Alain Prost and the two Williams drivers, he and Mexican teammate Hector Rebaque dominated the race, driving a car that was embarrassingly superior to all the others. The Brazilian won handily from home favorite Reutemann and Renault driver Prost. The Argentine GP would not return to the calendar until 1995.

Race 4: San Marino

Four weeks later, the GP circus returned to Europe to start the 4 month long tour there. The first race was a new race- a second Italian race called the San Marino Grand Prix at the Autodromo Dino Ferrari near Imola, just outside Bologna. Unlike the South American races, both of which had been uncommon disappointments- the inaugural San Marino GP was a humdinger of a race- exciting all the way through. Brazilian Nelson Piquet won again for Brabham.

Race 5: Belgium

In stark contrast to San Marino, the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder was a shambolic event filled with tragedies and frustration. Politics dominated this event- Gordon Murray's hydraulic suspension gave his Brabhams considerable performance advantages, and there were arguments about who was cheating and who wasn't. The tragedy, however, started with Carlos Reutemann accidentally running over an Osella mechanic, Giovanni Amadeo- who died of a fractured skull the Monday after the race. The race, however, was an appalling embarrassment by top motor racing standards- at the start, there was a driver's strike concerning mechanic and team personnel safety- which delayed the start. And when the race started, an Arrows mechanic, Dave Luckett, jumped onto the grid just as the lights went green in an attempt to start Riccardo Patrese's stalled car. Luckett was run over by the other Arrows driver, Sigfried Stohr- and as Luckett laid sprawled unconscious on the track with broken legs, the marshals were able to get him off the track, and the disorganization continued: as the drivers started their second lap with both Arrows cars still on the narrow start-finish straight, a number of marshals jumped onto the track- mere feet from the cars going at full racing speeds- and attempted to stop the race by waving at the drivers to stop, without the approval of the clerk of the course (who is the ultimate authority on the race's direction). The drivers continued on- because they had not been shown the red flag by the clerk of the course. But by the time they completed another lap, they decided to stop themselves without the clerk's approval. In the meantime, Luckett was taken to hospital, and survived. So the second race started, and Alan Jones took the lead, crashed out, Nelson Piquet also crashed out and Carlos Reutemann took the checkered flag after it was decided to call the race early.

Race 6: Monaco

The historic Monaco Grand Prix was the scene of an ultra-exciting race- as Piquet led for most of the race distance, and crashed out at Tabac. Jones took the lead, but had fuel feed problems, and Gilles Villeneuve in a poor-handling Ferrari took the lead and won.

Race 7: Spain

The narrow and tight Jarama circuit just outside of Madrid produced one of the best races of the year: after Jones crashed out, Reutemann took the lead, and then Villeneuve overtook Reutemann on the main straight at Jarama. Villeneuve, in a powerful but very ill-handling Ferrari, managed to keep 4 better-handling cars behind him in a car badly suited to the slow, narrow and twisty Jarama circuit. Villeneuve, Jacques Laffite, John Watson, Reutemann and Elio de Angelis were all separated by 1.2 seconds at the finish. The small crowd, the innappropriately very hot time of year this race was held in and the waning interest of the organizers caused this race to be the last Spanish Grand Prix until 1986, when it was moved south to the new Jerez circuit.

Race 8: France

The alternating French Grand Prix moved from the Paul Ricard circuit near Marseille to the fast, sweeping Prenois circuit near Dijon, located in the lush Burgundy countryside. This race was run as two races: it was interrupted by heavy rain, so the organizers decided to stop the race to wait for the rain to pass, which it did- and Alain Prost, who was to become one of the greatest drivers in Formula One history, won his first of 51 championship Grand Prix's at home in a Renault.

Race 9: Britain

The British Grand Prix, also alternating between 2 circuits (Silverstone and Brands Hatch) was at the very fast Silverstone circuit this year. The start was dominated by four turbos, the two Renaults of Alain Prost and René Arnoux, and the two Ferraris of Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi, with Prost effectively walking away from the field and dominating most of the race. At the start of lap 5, near the Woodcote chicane, Villeneuve lost control, taking out Alan Jones (Williams) and Andrea de Cesaris (McLaren) who were both unable to avoid the Canadian, while Briton John Watson, in the other McLaren, narrowly missed the Villeneuve/Jones/Cesaris wreck. On lap 12, Nelson Piquet, who was 3rd at that point, crashed his Brabham, and had to be carried by an ambulance due to leg injuries. Later in the race, Alain Prost was forced to pit due to problems with an engine plug that couldn't be replaced without dismantling much of the car, forcing the Frenchman to retire and leaving his team mate, Rene Arnoux, in the lead. Arnoux, however, also had problems in the last laps of the race, losing his turbo, which allowed John Watson to overtake him easily. René Arnoux would eventually retire, shortly after, with Watson winning handily from Reutemann and Laffite.

Race 10: Germany

The German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring produced a long battle between Alain Prost and Alan Jones, until Jones passed Prost in the stadium section, after a mistake by Prost's team mate, René Arnoux, who was being lapped, and allowed the Australian to slip by both Renaults. Nelson Piquet also found his way past Alain Prost, and took the lead after Alan Jones was forced to pit. It started to rain in the last laps of the race, but Piquet won with a comfortable lead over Prost, in 2nd, and Jacques Laffite, in 3rd.

Race 11: Austria

Osterreichring was once again the site of the Austrian Grand Prix. Gilles Villeneuve was 3rd on the grid, and quickly took the lead away from the Renaults of Alain Prost and René Arnoux, who had locked the front row in qualifying, but a mistake cost him that lead on the very first lap, leading him to drop several positions, and eventually retire from the race later on. Alain Prost led ahead of Arnoux, until he too was forced to retire on lap 18 with suspension problems[citation needed], and René Arnoux became the third man to lead the race, ahead of Didier Pironi and Jacques Laffite. Laffite, who had trouble overtaking the turbo charged Ferrari, eventually, managed to pass and approach Arnoux to take the lead all the way to the finish, with Arnoux nursing his 2nd place ahead of Nelson Piquet.

Race 12: Holland

The beach-side Zandvoort circuit near Amsterdam provided Alain Prost with his second win of the year ahead of Nelson Piquet, who finished 2nd, and Alan Jones who limped on the final laps, to finish 3rd. Championship contenders Carlos Reutemann and Jacques Laffite took each other out on lap 18, adding their names to the long list of 14 drivers who retired throughout the race. From the 10 drivers who saw the chequered flag, rookie driver Eliseo Salazar finished 6th, scoring his first, and only, point on his first season in Formula 1.

Race 13: Italy

The second Italian and last European race of the year, the Italian Grand Prix, returned to the historic Monza Autodrome just outside of Milan after a year's stay at Imola. Prost won again, and Carlos Reutemann took 2nd and Piquet fell out on the last lap after running out of fuel.

Race 14: Canada

The 1981 Formula One season would conclude in October with a 2-round North American tour, starting in Montreal, Canada. This was a rain-soaked race in cold temperatures. This was a tough, gruelling race, with Alan Jones falling out of championship contention and Jacques Laffite managing to stay in contention by winning this race.

Race 15: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

After New York State's Watkins Glen circuit (not far from Montreal) being stricken off the calendar in May due to bankruptcy of the company running the circuit, the 2nd US race was moved across the country to a circuit located in a car park outside of the Caesar's Palace hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, effectively named the Caesar's Palace Grand Prix. The championship was up for grabs, and it was between Reutemann, Piquet (the latter two being separated by a single point) and Laffite. After he took pole, the Argentinean Reutemann effectively fell back, and Piquet passed Reutemann and finished 5th, which was enough for Piquet to win his 1st of eventually 3 driver's championships. Jones went out on his final drive with Williams with the 12th and final win of his career in oppressive Mojave Desert heat- which caused Piquet to vomit over himself in the cockpit.

1981 Drivers' Championship final standings

Pos Driver USW
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BRA
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ARG
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SMR
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BEL
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MON
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ESP
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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AUT
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NED
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ITA
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CAN
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CPL
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Points
1 23x15px Nelson Piquet 3 12 1 1 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 3 2 6 5 5 50
2 23x15px Carlos Reutemann 2 1 2 3 1 Ret 4 10 2 Ret 5 Ret 3 10 8 49
3 23x15px Alan Jones 1 2 4 12 Ret 2 7 17 Ret 11 4 3 2 Ret 1 46
4 23x15px Jacques Laffite Ret 6 Ret Ret 2 3 2 Ret 3 3 1 Ret Ret 1 6 44
5 23x15px Alain Prost Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 Ret 2 Ret 1 1 Ret 2 43
6 23x15px John Watson Ret 8 Ret 10 7 Ret 3 2 1 6 6 Ret Ret 2 7 27
7 23x15px Gilles Villeneuve Ret Ret Ret 7 4 1 1 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 3 DSQ 25
8 23x15px Elio de Angelis Ret 5 6 WD 5 Ret 5 6 DSQ 7 7 5 4 6 Ret 14
9 23x15px René Arnoux 8 Ret 5 8 DNQ Ret 9 4 9 13 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11
10 23x15px Hector Rebaque Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret DNQ Ret 9 5 4 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 11
11 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Ret 3 7 2 Ret Ret Ret 14 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 10
12 23x15px Eddie Cheever 5 NC Ret Ret 6 5 NC 13 4 5 DNQ Ret Ret 12 Ret 10
13 23x15px Didier Pironi Ret Ret Ret 5 8 4 15 5 Ret Ret 9 Ret 5 Ret 9 9
14 23x15px Nigel Mansell Ret 11 Ret WD 3 Ret 6 7 DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 8
15 23x15px Bruno Giacomelli Ret NC 10 Ret 9 Ret 10 15 Ret 15 Ret Ret 8 4 3 7
16 23x16px Marc Surer Ret 4 Ret 9 11 6 12 11 14 Ret 8 DNQ 9 Ret 4
17 23x15px Mario Andretti 4 Ret 8 Ret 10 Ret 8 8 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 3
18 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris Ret Ret 11 6 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 DNS 7 Ret 12 1
19 23x15px Patrick Tambay 6 10 Ret 11 DNQ 7 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 1
20 23x15px Slim Borgudd 13 DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ 6 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret DNQ 1
21 23x15px Eliseo Salazar DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNPQ 14 Ret DNQ NC Ret 6 Ret Ret NC 1
23x15px Jean-Pierre Jarier Ret 7 8 8 10 Ret 9 Ret Ret 0
23x15px Siegfried Stohr DNQ Ret 9 DNQ Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret 12 Ret 7 DNQ 0
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DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNPQ 16 Ret 7 Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 DNQ 0
23x15px Chico Serra 7 Ret Ret DNQ Ret DNQ 11 DNS DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
23x15px Keke Rosberg Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret DNQ 12 Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 10 0
23x15px Michele Alboreto Ret 12 Ret DNQ 16 Ret DNQ Ret 9 Ret 11 13 0
23x15px Brian Henton DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 10 DNQ DNQ 0
23x15px Jan Lammers Ret DNQ 12 DNQ 0
23x15px Ricardo Zunino 13 13 0
23x15px Piercarlo Ghinzani 13 DNQ 0
23x15px Jean-Pierre Jabouille DNQ NC Ret DNQ Ret 0
23x15px Beppe Gabbiani Ret DNQ DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
23x15px Derek Warwick DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret 0
23x15px Miguel Angel Guerra DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret 0
23x15px Jacques Villeneuve, Sr. DNQ DNQ 0
23x15px Kevin Cogan DNQ 0
23x15px Giorgio Francia DNQ 0
23x15px Ricardo Londoño DNP 0
Pos Driver USW
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BRA
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ARG
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SMR
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BEL
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MON
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ESP
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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AUT
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NED
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ITA
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CAN
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CPL
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Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Championship points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the top six finishers in each race.[3]

1981 Constructors' Championship final standings

File:Reutemann at 1981 Dutch Grand Prix.jpg
Williams FW07C. Williams won the 1981 Constructors' Championship
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Brabham BT49C. Brabham placed second in the Constructors' Championship
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Renault RE30. Renault placed third in the Constructors' Championship
Pos Constructor Car
no.
USW
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BRA
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ARG
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SMR
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BEL
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MON
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ESP
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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AUT
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NED
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ITA
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CAN
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CPL
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Pts
1 23x15px Williams-Ford 1 1 2 4 12 Ret 2 7 17 Ret 11 4 3 2 Ret 1 95
2 2 1 2 3 1 Ret 4 10 2 Ret 5 Ret 3 10 8
2 23x15px Brabham-Ford 5 3 12 1 1 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 3 2 6 5 5 61
6 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret DNQ Ret 9 5 4 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret
3 23x15px Renault 15 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 Ret 2 Ret 1 1 Ret 2 54
16 8 Ret 5 8 DNQ Ret 9 4 9 13 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret
4 23x15px Ligier-Matra 25 Ret 7 DNQ NC Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 44
26 Ret 6 Ret Ret 2 3 2 Ret 3 3 1 Ret Ret 1 6
5 23x15px Ferrari 27 Ret Ret Ret 7 4 1 1 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 3 DSQ 34
28 Ret Ret Ret 5 8 4 15 5 Ret Ret 9 Ret 5 Ret 9
6 23x15px McLaren-Ford 7 Ret 8 Ret 10 7 Ret 3 2 1 6 6 Ret Ret 2 7 28
8 Ret Ret 11 6 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 DNS 7 Ret 12
7 23x15px Lotus-Ford 11 Ret 5 6 WD 5 Ret 5 6 DSQ 7 7 5 4 6 Ret 22
12 Ret 11 Ret WD 3 Ret 6 7 DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4
8 23x15px Arrows-Ford 29 Ret 3 7 2 Ret Ret Ret 14 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 10
30 DNQ Ret 9 DNQ Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret 12 Ret 7 DNQ DNQ DNQ
9 23x15px Alfa Romeo 22 4 Ret 8 Ret 10 Ret 8 8 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 10
23 Ret NC 10 Ret 9 Ret 10 15 Ret 15 Ret Ret 8 4 3
10 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford 3 5 NC Ret Ret 6 5 NC 13 4 5 DNQ Ret Ret 12 Ret 10
4 DNQ 13 13 Ret 12 Ret DNQ 16 Ret DNQ Ret 9 Ret 11 13
11 23x15px Ensign-Ford 14 Ret 4 Ret 9 11 6 14 Ret DNQ NC Ret 6 Ret Ret NC 5
12 Template:Country data HKG Theodore-Ford 33 6 10 Ret 11 DNQ 7 13 12 11 14 Ret 8 DNQ 9 Ret 1
13 23x15px ATS-Ford 9 Ret DNQ 12 DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ 6 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret DNQ 1
10 13
23x15px March-Ford 17 DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNPQ 16 Ret 7 Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 DNQ 0
18 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNPQ
23x15px Fittipaldi-Ford 20 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret DNQ 12 Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 10 0
21 7 Ret Ret DNQ Ret DNQ 11 DNS DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
23x15px Osella-Ford 31 DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret 13 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
32 Ret DNQ DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNQ WD 8 8 10 Ret 9 Ret Ret
23x15px Toleman-Hart 35 DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 10 DNQ DNQ 0
36 DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret
Pos Constructor Car
no.
USW
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BRA
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ARG
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SMR
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BEL
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MON
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ESP
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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AUT
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NED
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ITA
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CAN
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CPL
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Pts

Championship points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the top six finishers in each race.[3]

Non-Championship race results

A non-Championship Formula One race was also held in 1981, which did not count towards the World Championship. It was technically a Formula Libre race, since the cars did not conform to the current Formula One regulations. Although not a part of the Championship, the 1981 South African Grand Prix attracted high-calibre drivers and cars and was won by Carlos Reutemann in a Williams.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
23x15px South African Grand Prix Kyalami 7 February 23x15px Carlos Reutemann 23x15px Williams-Cosworth Report

References

  1. Mattijs Diepraam & Felix Muelas, The one that didn't count, forix.autosport.com Retrieved on 24 February 2013
  2. Mattijs Diepraam, 1981 – long live the FIA F1 World Championship, forix.autosport.com Retrieved on 24 February 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 6

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