1981 Argentine Grand Prix

The 1981 Argentine Grand Prix was Round 3 of the 1981 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The event was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Sunday, 12 April 1981. Nelson Piquet started on pole position in the Brabham Ford and was the race winner.

This event saw the ground-breaking race debut of McLaren’s MP4/1, the first F1 car constructed with a carbon fibre composite (CFC) monocoque that was super-strong yet very light.

1981 Argentine Grand Prix Race Result
Pos.No.DriverNationalityTeamTyreLapsTime/RetiredRace TimeGapIntervalBest LapLapSpeedStartedPoints
15Nelson PiquetBrazilBrabham FordMichelin531:34:32.7401:34:32.740--1:45.2876200.74019
22Carlos ReutemannArgentinaWilliams FordMichelin53+26.6101:34:59.350+26.610+26.6101:46.26143199.80046
315Alain ProstFranceRenaultMichelin53+49.9801:35:22.720+49.980+23.3701:46.5756198.98024
41Alan JonesAustraliaWilliams FordMichelin53+1:07.8801:35:40.620+1:07.880+17.9001:47.01336198.36033
516Rene ArnouxFranceRenaultMichelin53+1:31.8501:36:04.590+1:31.850+23.9701:47.18333197.54052
611Elio de AngelisItalyLotus FordMichelin52+1 lap1:34:39.5301 lap1 lap1:47.65443196.710101
729Riccardo PatreseItalyArrows FordMichelin52+1 lap1:34:47.9201 lap+8.3901:48.30640196.4209
822Mario AndrettiUnited StatesAlfa RomeoMichelin52+1 lap1:35:07.3501 lap+19.4301:48.49218195.76017
930Siegfried StohrItalyArrows FordMichelin52+1 lap1:35:50.2601 lap+42.9101:48.83628194.30019
1023Bruno GiacomelliItalyAlfa RomeoMichelin51Out of Fuel1:33:39.4102 laps1 lap1:48.32437195.00022
118Andrea de CesarisItalyMcLaren FordMichelin51+2 laps1:34:51.6502 laps+1:12.2401:49.85318192.52018
129Jan LammersNetherlandsATS FordMichelin51+2 laps1:35:48.3202 laps+56.6701:49.14637190.62023
134Ricardo ZuninoArgentinaTyrrell FordMichelin51+2 laps1:36:14.7002 laps+26.3801:49.01733189.75024
DNF27Gilles VilleneuveCanadaFerrariMichelin40Transmission1:13:30.9501:48.83437194.8407
DNF33Patrick TambayFranceTheodore FordMichelin36Oil Leak1:05:42.0801:47.86030196.21014
DNF7John WatsonGreat BritainMcLaren FordMichelin36Transmission1:09:11.7601:47.34231186.30011
DNF6Hector RebaqueMexicoBrabham FordMichelin32Electrical57:16.1101:46.3538200.0906
DNF21Chico SerraBrazilFittipaldi FordMichelin28Gearbox52:19.1301:49.95410191.64020
DNF26Jacques LaffiteFranceLigier MatraMichelin19Handling35:56.1701:50.0655189.33021
DNF14Marc SurerSwitzerlandEnsign FordMichelin14Engine26:01.7201:48.7704192.61016
DNF20Keke RosbergFinlandFittipaldi FordMichelin4Fuel System7:36.2101:48.9213188.3808
DNF12Nigel MansellGreat BritainLotus FordMichelin3Engine5:51.4901:50.8802183.38015
DNF28Didier PironiFranceFerrariMichelin3Engine5:56.9001:49.2222180.60012
DNF3Eddie CheeverUnited StatesTyrrell FordMichelin1Clutch3:05.3023:05.3021115.94813
DNQ31Miguel Angel GuerraArgentinaOsella HartMichelin
DNQ32Beppe GabbianiItalyOsella HartMichelin
DNQ17Derek DalyIrelandMarchMichelin
DNQ25Jean Pierre JabouilleFranceLigier MatraMichelin
DNQ18Eliseo SalazarChileMarchMichelin