1981 FIA Formula 1 World Championship

The 1981 FIA Formula 1 World Championship was the 32nd F1 season. It consisted of 15 Grand Prix rounds, held across 13 different countries. Nelson Piquet won the Drivers’ Championship and Williams won the Constructors’ Championship.

1981 Races
RoundGrand PrixCircuitDateWinnerTeamLapsRace Time
1USA WestLong Beach Street Circuit15 March 1981Alan JonesWilliams Ford801:50:41.330
2BrazilAutódromo Internacional do Rio de Janeiro29 March 1981Carlos ReutemannWilliams Ford622:00:23.660
3ArgentinaAutódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez12 April 1981Nelson PiquetBrabham Ford531:34:32.740
4San MarinoAutodromo Dino Ferrari3 May 1981Nelson PiquetBrabham Ford601:51:23.970
5BelgiumCircuit Zolder17 May 1981Carlos ReutemannWilliams Ford541:16:31.610
6MonacoCircuit de Monaco31 May 1981Gilles VilleneuveFerrari761:54:23.380
7SpainCircuito Permanente del Jarama21 June 1981Gilles VilleneuveFerrari801:46:35.010
8FranceCircuit Dijon-Prenois5 July 1981Alain ProstRenault801:35:48.130
9Great BritainSilverstone Circuit18 July 1981John WatsonMcLaren Ford681:26:54.800
10GermanyHockenheimring2 August 1981Nelson PiquetBrabham Ford451:25:55.600
11AustriaÖsterreichring16 August 1981Jacques LaffiteLigier Matra531:27:36.470
12NetherlandsCircuit Park Zandvoort30 August 1981Alain ProstRenault721:40:22.430
13ItalyAutodromo Nazionale Monza13 September 1981Alain ProstRenault521:26:33.897
14CanadaCircuit Île Notre-Dame27 September 1981Jacques LaffiteLigier Matra632:01:25.205
15Las VegasCaesars Palace17 October 1981Alan JonesWilliams Ford751:44:09.077
1981 Driver Standings
Pos.DriverDriver NationalityTeamPoints
1Nelson PiquetBrazilBrabham Ford50
2Carlos ReutemannArgentinaWilliams Ford49
3Alan JonesAustraliaWilliams Ford46
4Jacques LaffiteFranceLigier Matra44
5Alain ProstFranceRenault43
6John WatsonGreat BritainMcLaren Ford27
7Gilles VilleneuveCanadaFerrari25
8Elio de AngelisItalyLotus Ford14
9Rene ArnouxFranceRenault11
9Hector RebaqueMexicoBrabham Ford11
11Riccardo PatreseItalyArrows Ford10
11Eddie CheeverUnited StatesTyrrell Ford10
13Didier PironiFranceFerrari9
14Nigel MansellGreat BritainLotus Ford8
15Bruno GiacomelliItalyAlfa Romeo7
16Marc SurerSwitzerlandTheodore Ford4
17Mario AndrettiUnited StatesAlfa Romeo3
18Patrick TambayFranceLigier Matra1
18Andrea de CesarisItalyMcLaren Ford1
18Slim BorguddSwedenATS Ford1
18Eliseo SalazarChileEnsign Ford1
1981 Constructor Standings
Pos.TeamPoints
1Williams Ford95
2Brabham Ford61
3Renault54
4Ligier Matra44
5Ferrari34
6McLaren Ford28
7Lotus Ford22
8Arrows Ford10
9Alfa Romeo10
10Tyrrell Ford10
11Ensign Ford5
12Theodore Ford1
13ATS Ford1
1981 Fastest Laps
RoundGrand PrixDriverTeamTime
1USA WestAlan JonesWilliams Ford1:20.901
2BrazilMarc SurerEnsign Ford1:54.302
3ArgentinaNelson PiquetBrabham Ford1:45.287
4San MarinoGilles VilleneuveFerrari1:48.064
5BelgiumCarlos ReutemannWilliams Ford1:23.300
6MonacoAlan JonesWilliams Ford1:27.470
7SpainAlan JonesWilliams Ford1:17.818
8FranceAlain ProstRenault1:09.140
9Great BritainRene ArnouxRenault1:15.067
10GermanyAlan JonesWilliams Ford1:52.420
11AustriaJacques LaffiteLigier Matra1:37.620
12NetherlandsAlan JonesWilliams Ford1:21.830
13ItalyCarlos ReutemannWilliams Ford1:37.528
14CanadaJohn WatsonWilliams Ford1:49.475
15Las VegasDidier PironiFerrari1:20.156
1981 Non-Championship Races
Grand PrixCircuitDateWinnerTeamLapsRace Time
South AfricaKyalami Grand Prix Circuit7 February 1981Carlos ReutemannWilliams Ford771:44:54.03