1981 Italian Grand Prix

The 1981 Italian Grand Prix was Round 13 of the 1981 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The event was held at Monza, Italy on Sunday, 13 September 1981. René Arnoux started on pole position for Renault and his team-mate Alain Prost was the race winner.Following its race debut earlier in the season at the 1981 Argentine Grand Prix,

McLaren proved the safety and structural integrity of its carbon fibre monocoque when John Watson walked away unscathed after suffering a major accident in his MP4/1 during the race.

1981 Italian Grand Prix Race Result
Pos.No.DriverNationalityTeamTyreLapsTime/RetiredRace TimeGapIntervalBest LapLapSpeedStartedPoints
115Alain ProstFranceRenaultMichelin521:26:36.8971:26:33.897--1:37.7029209.04539
21Alan JonesAustraliaWilliams FordGoodyear52+22.1751:26:56.072+22.175+22.1751:37.53647208.15656
32Carlos ReutemannArgentinaWilliams FordGoodyear52+50.5871:27:24.484+50.587+28.4121:37.52848207.02824
411Elio de AngelisItalyLotus FordGoodyear52+1:32.9021:28:06.799+1:32.902+42.3151:38.49831205.371113
528Didier PironiFranceFerrariMichelin52+1:34.5221:28:08.419+1:34.522+1.6201:39.6529205.30882
65Nelson PiquetBrazilBrabham FordGoodyear51Engine1:25:35.8571 lap1 lap1:37.59045207.34261
78Andrea de CesarisItalyMcLaren FordMichelin51Puncture1:26:25.3201 lap+49.4631:39.40132205.36416
823Bruno GiacomelliItalyAlfa RomeoMichelin50+2 laps1:26:35.7782 laps1 lap1:37.89348200.93210
932Jean-Pierre JarierFranceOsella HartMichelin50+2 laps1:27:32.9312 laps+57.1531:41.8353198.74618
1035Brian HentonGreat BritainToleman HartPirelli49+3 laps1:28:12.0323 laps1 lap1:43.8253193.33223
DNF22Mario AndrettiUnited StatesAlfa RomeoMichelin40Engine1:07:46.6661:39.58530205.37713
DNF17Derek DalyIrelandMarch FordAvon36Gearbox1:02:54.4021:39.1398199.15219
DNF25Patrick TambayFranceLigier MatraMichelin22Puncture37:15.2631:38.5759205.50615
DNF12Nigel MansellGreat BritainLotus FordGoodyear20Suspension36:11.3631:40.2574192.32112
DNF7John WatsonGreat BritainMcLaren FordMichelin19Accident32:16.4931:39.3868204.8657
DNF29Riccardo PatreseItalyArrows FordPirelli18Gearbox31:34.5101:40.0457198.38320
DNF4Michele AlboretoItalyTyrrell FordGoodyear17Accident32:16.9521:40.6207183.25622
DNF14Eliseo SalazarChileEnsign FordAvon13Spun Off22:40.0211:40.1317199.58524
DNF16Rene ArnouxFranceRenaultMichelin12Spun Off28:02.0021:37.8868148.9651
DNF26Jacques LaffiteFranceLigier MatraMichelin11Puncture18:42.5861:38.5325204.5994
DNF3Eddie CheeverUnited StatesTyrrell FordGoodyear11Spun Off19:03.0161:40.1657200.94217
DNF9Slim BorguddSwedenATS FordAvon10Spun Off17:21.9891:41.1174200.38521
DNF27Gilles VilleneuveCanadaFerrariMichelin5Engine8:35.2551:39.8143202.6189
DNF6Hector RebaqueMexicoBrabham FordMichelin1Electrical4:28.3294:28.329177.81414
DNQ33Marc SurerSwitzerlandTheodore FordAvon
DNQ31Beppe GabbianiItalyOsella HartMichelin
DNQ36Derek WarwickGreat BritainToleman HartPirelli
DNQ20Siegfried StohrItalyArrows FordPirelli
DNQ20Keke RosbergFinlandFittipaldi FordPirelli
DNQ21Chico SerraBrazilFittipaldi FordPirelli