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1981 Italian Grand Prix

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The 1981 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on September 13, 1981.

Formula One returned to the Monza circuit after a year's absence; the year previous's Italian Grand Prix had been held at the Imola circuit.

Coming into Italy, both Nelson Piquet and Carlos Reutemann were tied on points in the Drivers' Championship; Reutemann would eventually leave with the lead. Alain Prost was also becoming a challenger for the world title, having been challenging both leaders in the recent races.

The race would be known for the first time a Toleman-Hart qualified and finished in a race with Brian Henton qualifying the car in 23rd place.

Race

When the race started, pole-man René Arnoux fell back to third while Prost and Reutemann battled for the lead. Behind, Didier Pironi was fourth after overtaking four cars on the run up to the first chicane. Pironi continued his charge with Reutemann and Arnoux soon behind him. As his opponents dropped behind, Prost increased his lead and would keep it for the rest of the race. Jacques Laffite also made an excellent start, and was running third when he retired from the race with a puncture on lap 11.

One Lap 19, John Watson lost control of his car at the Lesmo and smashed into the barriers at high speed, igniting a small fire at the back of the car. His McLaren's engine tub broke off from the car and debris littered the track. Michele Alboreto, who was behind Watson, crashed into the broken off engine, while Carlos Reutemann took to the grass and brushed a barrier whilst avoiding the accident, losing a place and sustaining minor damage. Fortunately, Watson escaped unharmed.

As the race reached the halfway point, the standings stood as: Prost, Jones, Piquet, Reutemann and de Angelis. In an incredible case of misfortune, Piquet's engine blew on the last lap, promoting Reutemann into third and turning the tables for title hopes of the two. The Brazilian, however, was able to score a point as the sixth driver to have covered the entire race distance. Andrea de Cesaris, suffered a puncture on the very last lap.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 16 23x15px René Arnoux Renault 1:33.467 -
2 2 23x15px Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1:34.140 0.673
3 15 23x15px Alain Prost Renault 1:34.374 0.907
4 26 23x15px Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:35.062 1.575
5 1 23x15px Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:35.359 1.892
6 5 23x15px Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:35.449 1.982
7 7 23x15px John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:35.557 2.090
8 28 23x15px Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:35.596 2.129
9 27 23x15px Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:35.627 2.160
10 23 23x15px Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:35.946 2.479
11 11 23x15px Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 1.36.158 2.691
12 12 23x15px Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 1:36.210 2.743
13 22 23x15px Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 1:36.296 2.829
14 6 23x15px Hector Rebaque Brabham-Ford 1:36.472 3.005
15 25 23x15px Patrick Tambay Ligier-Matra 1:36.515 3.048
16 8 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 1:37.019 3.552
17 3 23x15px Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 1:37.160 3.693
18 32 23x15px Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 1:37.264 3.797
19 17 23x15px Derek Daly March-Ford 1:37.309 3.842
20 29 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:37.355 3.888
21 9 23x15px Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 1:37.807 4.340
22 4 23x15px Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:37.912 4.445
23 35 23x15px Brian Henton Toleman-Hart 1:38.012 4.545
24 14 23x15px Eliseo Salazar Ensign-Ford 1:38.053 4.586
DNQ 33 23x16px Marc Surer Theodore-Ford 1:38.114 4.647
DNQ 31 23x15px Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford 1:38.474 5.007
DNQ 36 23x15px Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:39.279 5.812
DNQ 30 23x15px Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 1:39.713 6.246
DNQ 20 23x15px Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 1:40.345 6.878
DNQ 21 23x15px Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 1:40.437 6.970

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 23x15px Alain Prost Renault 52 1:26:36.897 3 9
2 1 23x15px Alan Jones Williams-Ford 52 + 22.175 5 6
3 2 23x15px Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 52 + 50.587 2 4
4 11 23x15px Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 52 + 1:32.902 11 3
5 28 23x15px Didier Pironi Ferrari 52 + 1:34.522 8 2
6 5 23x15px Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 51 Engine 6 1
7 8 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 51 Puncture 16  
8 23 23x15px Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 50 + 2 Laps 10  
9 32 23x15px Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 50 + 2 Laps 18  
10 35 23x15px Brian Henton Toleman-Hart 49 + 3 Laps 23  
Ret 22 23x15px Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 40 Engine 13  
Ret 17 23x15px Derek Daly March-Ford 36 Gearbox 19  
Ret 25 23x15px Patrick Tambay Ligier-Matra 22 Puncture 15  
Ret 12 23x15px Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 21 Suspension 12  
Ret 7 23x15px John Watson McLaren-Ford 19 Accident 7  
Ret 29 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 18 Gearbox 20  
Ret 4 23x15px Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 17 Accident 22  
Ret 14 23x15px Eliseo Salazar Ensign-Ford 13 Spun Off 24  
Ret 16 23x15px René Arnoux Renault 12 Spun Off 1  
Ret 26 23x15px Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 11 Puncture 4  
Ret 3 23x15px Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 11 Spun Off 17  
Ret 9 23x15px Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford 10 Spun Off 21  
Ret 27 23x15px Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 5 Engine 9  
Ret 6 23x15px Hector Rebaque Brabham-Ford 1 Electrical 14  
DNQ 33 23x16px Marc Surer Theodore-Ford    
DNQ 31 23x15px Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford    
DNQ 36 23x15px Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 30 23x15px Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford    
DNQ 20 23x15px Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford    
DNQ 21 23x15px Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford        

Notes

  • Haunted by the trauma of nearly killing mechanic Dave Luckett in a previous race, Siegfried Stohr crashed his Arrows during the qualifying session. He ultimately decided to stop racing and started a successful motor racing academy.
  • Nelson Piquet was running 3rd when his engine expired on the next to last lap.
  • John Watson had a huge accident at the Lesmo curves when he went wide coming out of the second Lesmo curve, touched the grass and spun across the track, and his carbon-fibre McLaren slammed backwards violently into the Armco barrier, exploded and tore the car in half and strew bits of the car across the track, which caused Michele Alboreto to crash, who escaped with only a few bruises. But Watson walked away unhurt- proving the strength of the McLaren's carbon fibre construction.[1][2]

Standings after the race

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

References

  1. "John Watson Accidente en Monza, GP Italia 1981". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  2. "Italian GP, 1981 Race Report - GP Encyclopedia - F1 History on". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-16. 


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