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The 1981 Argentine Grand Prix was the third round of the 1981 Formula One Season. The race was won by Nelson Piquet ahead of Carlos Reutemann and Alain Prost. The race notably being the first podium for future four time world champion, Alain Prost.


BackgroundEdit

Following Brazil, there was tension in the Williams camp, neither Alan Jones or Carlos Reutemann were on speaking terms following Reutemann's disobedience in team orders in allowing Jones to take the race victory. The two Williams driver's were now one win apiece and were equal on points for the lead of the championship.

Lotus had once again brought its new Lotus 88 chassis to the grand prix and once again the race stewards rejected its legality. Lotus team manager Colin Chapman stormed from the circuit in disgust before the beginning of practice and failed to return for the remainder of the weekend.

Jean-Pierre Jabouille had now felt he had sufficiently recovered from his leg injuries sustained at the 1980 Canadian Grand Prix and returned to his Ligier seat for Argentina.

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Nelson Piquet's controversial Brabham BT49 with its hydro-pneumatic suspension took a convincing pole position at the Argentine circuit. As was typical on the fast circuits, the turbo charged Renault's were competitive with Alain Prost lining up in second with René Arnoux in fifth. Alan Jones qualified fourth whilst Williams teammate Carlos Reutemann started fourth for his home race. Completing the top ten was Gilles Villeneuve, Keke Rosberg, who had notably impressed again for Fittipaldi, Riccardo Patrese and Elio de Angelis.

Jean-Pierre Jabouille's comeback to grand prix racing was not successful, evidently still suffering from his leg injuries he failed to qualify his Ligier, missing the cut with the two Osella's and March's.

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor
5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
2 15 France Alain Prost France Renault
3 1 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford
4 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford
5 16 France René Arnoux France Renault
6 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
7 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari
8 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford
9 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford
10 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford
11 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford
12 28 France Didier Pironi Italy Ferrari
13 3 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
14 33 France Patrick Tambay United Kingdom Theodore-Ford
15 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Ford
16 14 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Ensign-Ford
17 22 United States Mario Andretti Italy Alfa Romeo
18 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom McLaren-Ford
19 30 Italy Siegfried Stohr United Kingdom Arrows-Ford
20 21 Brazil Chico Serra Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford
21 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Matra
22 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo
23 9 Netherlands Jan Lammers Germany ATS-Ford
24 4 Argentina Ricardo Zunino United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
DNQ 31 Argentina Miguel Ángel Guerra Italy Osella-Ford
DNQ 32 Italy Beppe Gabbiani Italy Osella-Ford
DNQ 17 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom March-Ford
DNQ 25 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Ligier-Matra
DNQ 18 Chile Eliseo Salazar United Kingdom March-Ford

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

Jones got a flyer of a start from third on the grid to take the initial lead of the race. However it was soon apparent that Jones's Williams was suffering for pace and before the end of the lap he had dropped behind Piquet and on lap two he fell behind teammate Reutemann. Jones who was down 500 horsepower on his Ford-Cosworth DFV was soon passed by Alain Prost and Héctor Rebaque as well.

Buenos Aires, a circuit with long sweeping straights held a reputation as being an engine breaker and on lap three both Didier Pironi and Nigel Mansell toured into the pits with engine troubles. Keke Rosberg could not replicate his strong qualifying performance and came into the pits to retire with fuel feed problems the following lap. Marc Surer would not repeat his Brazilian success and retired with engine problems on lap 14.

The competitiveness of the Brabham team was evident in Argentina, Nelson Piquet streaked away in the lead whilst his teammate Héctor Rebaque had overtaken Prost's Renault for third on lap 11. A few laps later on lap 15 Rebaque had overtaken Reutemann for second making it a Brabham 1-2. Rebaque who had never performed so well in his career had his Formula One dream cut short on lap 32 when he retired from the race with a broken distributor arm.

From there the race was fairly processional, Piquet took a convincing win in his controversial Brabham chassis whilst behind him Reutemann finished second on home turf whilst Alain Prost took his first podium finish in Formula One. Taking the minor points was Alan Jones in fourth who had survived engine problems throughout the race with René Arnoux in the second Renault fifth whilst Elio de Angelis managed to gain a solitary point for Lotus.

Results Edit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 53 1:34:32.74 2 9
2 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford 53 +26.61s 4 6
3 15 France Alain Prost France Renault 2 +49.98s 2 4
4 1 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford 53 +1:07.88s 3 3
5 16 France René Arnoux France Renault 62 +1:31.85s 16 2
6 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 52 +1 lap 10 1
7 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 52 +1 lap 9
8 22 United States Mario Andretti Italy Alfa Romeo 52 +1 lap 17
9 30 Italy Siegfried Stohr United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 52 +1 lap 19
10 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 51 Out of fuel 22
11 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 51 +2 laps 18
12 9 Netherlands Jan Lammers Germany ATS-Ford 51 +2 laps 23
13 4 Argentina Ricardo Zunino United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 51 +1 lap penalty 24
Ret 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 40 Driveshaft 7
Ret 33 France Patrick Tambay United Kingdom Theodore-Ford 36 Oil loss / Engine 14
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 36 Crown wheel & pinion 11
Ret 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 32 Distributor rotor arm 6
Ret 21 Brazil Chico Serra Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 28 Gearbox 20
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Matra 19 Vibration / Handling 21
Ret 14 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 14 Engine 16
Ret 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 4 Fuel pump belt 8
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 3 Engine 15
Ret 28 France Didier Pironi Italy Ferrari 3 Engine 12
Ret 3 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1 Clutch 13
DNQ 31 Argentina Miguel Ángel Guerra Italy Osella-Ford
DNQ 32 Italy Beppe Gabbiani Italy Osella-Ford
DNQ 17 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom March-Ford
DNQ 25 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Ligier-Matra
DNQ 18 Chile Eliseo Salazar United Kingdom March-Ford

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

NotesEdit

Argentina Argentine Grand Prix
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