1981 Formula One season

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The Formula 1 1981 season was the 32nd FIA Formula 1 World Championship. She was discharged through 15 races in the period from 15 March 1981 to 17 October 1981. Nelson Piquet won for the first time the drivers' world championship. Williams was the second time Constructors' world champions.

  • 4.1 Drivers' Championship
  • 4.2 Constructors' Championship

Teams and Drivers

Race Calendar

Race Reports

GP USA West (Long Beach )

Brazilian GP ( Jacarepaguá )

The Swiss Marc Surer drove his first and only race fastest lap in this Grand Prix.

GP Argentina ( Buenos Aires )

GP San Marino ( Imola )

GP Belgium ( Zolder )

The race was stopped after 54 of 70 laps because of rain.

The race weekend was due to many negative incidents in memory. On Saturday there was an accident in the pit lane, in which a mechanic of the Osella team was killed. Carlos Reutemann ran over it in hopelessly overcrowded and far too narrow pit lane. Finally, at the start of the race it was another disaster. After the warm-up lap some drivers got out of their cockpit to be in solidarity with the grieving colleagues of traversed mechanic, so the warm-up lap had to be repeated eventually. However, this confusion arose because not the quickest in qualifying Reutemann, but Nelson Piquet led the field. When re- arrival of these consequently missed his starting place and was waved through to a further formation lap, while the rest of the field had to wait. During this time, the engine of the Arrows of Riccardo Patrese died from. The Arrows mechanic Dave Luckett tried to restart the car while inexplicably the startup process has been initiated. Siegfried Stohr drove in the course of the launch on his teammates Riccardo Patrese left standing and the mechanic fell between the cars. He was seriously injured in this accident, but survived. The race was canceled after three rounds and started again later. Patrese and the heavily shocked Stohr did not take the race again. Stohr had to be restrained by his teammates because of the starter that had caused with his inattention to the accident, loszugehen. He overcame this accident never perfect and retired at the end of the season in Formula 1 back.

GP Monaco ( Monte Carlo )

Spanish GP ( Jarama )

The Grand Prix of Spain at the Circuito del Jarama took place on June 21 in 1981 and went over a distance of 80 laps of 3.404 km with a total of 264.960 kilometers.

GP France (Dijon -Prenois )

The race was stopped after 58 laps due to rain and then restarted for the remaining 22 laps.

British GP ( Silverstone )

GP Germany ( Hockenheim )

GP Austria ( Zeltweg )

GP Netherlands ( Zandvoort )

Italian GP (Monza )

Canadian GP ( Montreal )

GP Las Vegas (Las Vegas )

World Cup ratings

The six top-ranked riders in each race were awarded points according to the following scheme:

In the drivers 'standings were the best eleven results counted all the results in the constructors' championship.

Drivers' championship

Constructors' Championship

T = turbo engine

News in brief Formula 1

  • The dispute between FISA and FOCA escalated. The GP South Africa took place without the factory teams and did not count for the World Cup.
  • The two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi resigned.
  • At the Spanish GP, the first five were within 1.24 seconds.
  • John Watson won the British GP - it was the first victory for a carbon fiber chassis and the first for McLaren in the Ron Dennis era.
  • Niki Lauda made ​​his comeback known; Alan Jones stopped.