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The 1981 Formula One Season was the 32nd season of the Drivers' World Championship and the 24th season of the Constructors' Championship. It would take place over 15 races which started on March 15 in United States West and end on October 17 in Caesars Palace.

Drivers and constructorsEdit

Constructor Chassis Tyre No. Driver Rounds Test/Reserve Drivers
Team Engine
Williams-Ford FW07C M
G
1 Australia Alan Jones All France Jean-Pierre Jarier
United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer
Finland Keke Rosberg
United Kingdom Albilad Williams Racing Team
United Kingdom TAG Williams Racing Team
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann All
Tyrrell-Ford 010
011
M
A
3 United States Eddie Cheever All n/a
United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Team Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 4 United States Kevin Cogan 1
4 Argentina Ricardo Zunino 2-3
4 Italy Michele Alboreto 4-15
Brabham-Ford BT49C
BT50
M
G
5 Brazil Nelson Piquet All Italy Corrado Fabi
Australia Geoff Brabham
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Manfred Winkelhock
Switzerland Marc Surer
Belgium Thierry Boutsen
United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque 1-7
McLaren-Ford M29F
MP4/1
M 7 United Kingdom John Watson All United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer
Austria Niki Lauda
Brazil Raul Boesel
Belgium Thierry Tassin
United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris All
ATS-Ford D4
D5
M
A
9 Netherlands Jan Lammers 1-4 n/a
Germany Team ATS Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 9 Sweden Slimm Borgudd 5-15
10 Sweden Slimm Borgudd 4
Lotus-Ford 81B
87
88
88B
M
G
11 Italy Elio de Angelis 1-3, 5-15 n/a
United Kingdom Team Essex Lotus
United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 1-3, 5-15
Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyres No Driver Rounds
United Kingdom Ensign Racing Ensign-Ford N180B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
A
14 Switzerland Marc Surer 1-6
Colombia Ricardo Londoño 2
Chile Eliseo Salazar 7-15
France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE20B
RE30
Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6t M 15 France Alain Prost All
16 France René Arnoux All
United Kingdom March Grand Prix Team March-Ford 811 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
A
17 Ireland Derek Daly 1-3, 7-15
Chile Eliseo Salazar 4-6
18 Chile Eliseo Salazar 1-3
Ireland Derek Daly 4-6
Brazil Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi-Ford F8C Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
A
P
20 Finland Keke Rosberg 1-10, 12-15
21 Brazil Chico Serra 1-10, 12-15
Italy Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 179B
179C
179D
Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12 M 22 United States Mario Andretti All
23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli All
France Equipe Talbot Gitanes Ligier-Matra JS17 Matra MS81 3.0 V12 M 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 1-2
France Jean-Pierre Jabouille 3-7
France Patrick Tambay 8-15
26 France Jacques Laffite All
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 126CK Ferrari 021 1.5 V6t M 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve All
28 France Didier Pironi All
United Kingdom Ragno Arrows Beta Racing Team Arrows-Ford A3 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
P
29 Italy Riccardo Patrese All
30 Italy Siegfried Stohr 1-13
Canada Jacques Villeneuve, Sr. 14-15
Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella-Ford FA1B
FA1C
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M 31 Argentina Miguel Ángel Guerra 1-4
Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani 5
Italy Beppe Gabbiani 6-15
32 Italy Beppe Gabbiani 1-5
Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani 6
Italy Giorgio Francia 7
Argentina Miguel Ángel Guerra 8
France Jean-Pierre Jarier 9-15
United Kingdom Theodore Racing Team Theodore-Ford TY01 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
A
33 France Patrick Tambay 1-7
Switzerland Marc Surer 8-15
United Kingdom Candy Toleman Motorsport Toleman-Hart TG181 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t P 35 United Kingdom Brian Henton 4-15
36 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 4-15

1981 Drivers Championship final standingsEdit

Pos Driver USW
United States
BRA
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
SMR
San Marino
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
CPL
United States
Points
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet 3 12 1 1 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 3 2 6 5 5 50
2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 2 1 2 3 1 Ret 4 10 2 Ret 5 Ret 3 10 8 49
3 Australia Alan Jones 1 2 4 12 Ret 2 7 17 Ret 11 4 3 2 Ret 1 46
4 France Jacques Laffite Ret 6 Ret Ret 2 3 2 Ret 3 3 1 Ret Ret 1 6 44
5 France Alain Prost Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 Ret 2 Ret 1 1 Ret 2 43
6 United Kingdom John Watson Ret 8 Ret 10 7 Ret 3 2 1 6 6 Ret Ret 2 7 27
7 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ret Ret Ret 7 4 1 1 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 3 DSQ 25
8 Italy Elio de Angelis Ret 5 6 WD 5 Ret 5 6 DSQ 7 7 5 4 6 Ret 14
9 France René Arnoux 8 Ret 5 8 DNQ Ret 9 4 9 13 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11
10 Mexico Hector Rebaque Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret DNQ Ret 9 5 4 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 11
11 Italy Riccardo Patrese Ret 3 7 2 Ret Ret Ret 14 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 10
12 United States Eddie Cheever 5 NC Ret Ret 6 5 NC 13 4 5 DNQ Ret Ret 12 Ret 10
13 France Didier Pironi Ret Ret Ret 5 8 4 15 5 Ret Ret 9 Ret 5 Ret 9 9
14 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ret 11 Ret WD 3 Ret 6 7 DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 8
15 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Ret NC 10 Ret 9 Ret 10 15 Ret 15 Ret Ret 8 4 3 7
16 Switzerland Marc Surer Ret 4 Ret 9 11 6 12 11 14 Ret 8 DNQ 9 Ret 4
17 United States Mario Andretti 4 Ret 8 Ret 10 Ret 8 8 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 3
18 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ret Ret 11 6 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 DNS 7 Ret 12 1
19 France Patrick Tambay 6 10 Ret 11 DNQ 7 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 1
20 Sweden Slim Borgudd 13 DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ 6 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret DNQ 1
21 Chile Eliseo Salazar DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNPQ 14 Ret DNQ NC Ret 6 Ret Ret NC 1
France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ret 7 8 8 10 Ret 9 Ret Ret 0
Italy Siegfried Stohr DNQ Ret 9 DNQ Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret 12 Ret 7 DNQ 0
Ireland Derek Daly DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNPQ 16 Ret 7 Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 DNQ 0
Brazil Chico Serra 7 Ret Ret DNQ Ret DNQ 11 DNS DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Finland Keke Rosberg Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret DNQ 12 Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 10 0
Italy Michele Alboreto Ret 12 Ret DNQ 16 Ret DNQ Ret 9 Ret 11 13 0
United Kingdom Brian Henton DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 10 DNQ DNQ 0
Netherlands Jan Lammers Ret DNQ 12 DNQ 0
Argentina Ricardo Zunino 13 13 0
Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani 13 DNQ 0
France Jean-Pierre Jabouille DNQ NC Ret DNQ Ret 0
Italy Beppe Gabbiani Ret DNQ DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
United Kingdom Derek Warwick DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret 0
Argentina Miguel Angel Guerra DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret 0
Canada Jacques Villeneuve, Sr. DNQ DNQ 0
United States Kevin Cogan DNQ 0
Italy Giorgio Francia DNQ 0
Colombia Ricardo Londoño DNP 0
Pos Driver USW
United States
BRA
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
SMR
San Marino
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
CPL
United States
Points

1981 Constructors Championship final standingsEdit

Pos Constructor Car
no.
USW
United States
BRA
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
SMR
San Marino
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
CPL
United States
Pts
1 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom 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 France 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 France 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 Italy 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 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom 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 Italy 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 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 14 Ret 4 Ret 9 11 6 14 Ret DNQ NC Ret 6 Ret Ret NC 5
12 Hong Kong Theodore-Ford 33 6 10 Ret 11 DNQ 7 13 12 11 14 Ret 8 DNQ 9 Ret 1
13 West Germany ATS-Ford 9 Ret DNQ 12 DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ 6 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret DNQ 1
10 13
United Kingdom 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
Brazil 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
Italy 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
United Kingdom 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
United States
BRA
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
SMR
San Marino
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
CPL
United States
Pts


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