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1981 Spanish Grand Prix

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

Summary

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.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 23x15px Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 80 1:46:35.01 7 9
2 26 23x15px Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 80 + 0.22 1 6
3 7 23x15px John Watson McLaren-Ford 80 + 0.58 4 4
4 2 23x15px Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 80 + 1.01 3 3
5 11 23x15px Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 80 + 1.24 10 2
6 12 23x15px Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 80 + 28.58 11 1
7 1 23x15px Alan Jones Williams-Ford 80 + 56.58 2  
8 22 23x15px Mario Andretti Alfa Romeo 80 + 1:00.80 8  
9 16 23x15px René Arnoux Renault 80 + 1:07.08 17  
10 23 23x15px Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 80 + 1:13.65 6  
11 21 23x15px Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 21  
12 20 23x15px Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 15  
13 33 23x15px Patrick Tambay Theodore-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 16  
14 14 23x15px Eliseo Salazar Ensign-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 24  
15 28 23x15px Didier Pironi Ferrari 76 + 4 Laps 13  
16 17 23x15px Derek Daly March-Ford 75 + 5 Laps 22  
NC 3 23x15px Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 62 Not Classified 20  
Ret 25 23x15px Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ligier-Matra 51 Brakes 19  
Ret 6 23x15px Hector Rebaque Brabham-Ford 46 Gearbox 18  
Ret 30 23x15px Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 43 Ignition 23  
Ret 5 23x15px Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 43 Accident 9  
Ret 15 23x15px Alain Prost Renault 28 Spun Off 5  
Ret 29 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 21 Brakes 12  
Ret 8 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 9 Accident 14  
DNQ 4 23x15px Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford    
DNQ 31 23x15px Beppe Gabbiani Osella-Ford    
DNQ 9 23x15px Slim Borgudd ATS-Ford    
DNQ 35 23x15px Brian Henton Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 36 23x15px Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart    
DNQ 32 23x15px Giorgio Francia Osella-Ford        

Standings after the race

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

References

  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. 

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


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