1981 France Grand Prix in Formula 1 at the Dijon-Prenois circuit. Full information

1981 France Grand Prix poster

1981 France Grand Prix poster

1981 France Grand Prix

1981 France Grand Prix is 350th Formula 1 race. Passed at the Dijon-Prenois circuit. René Arnoux won the pole position, Alain Prost won this race. This was his 1st victory. John Watson and Nelson Piquet also climbed to the podium, in second and third place. Race distance 80 laps (304 km).

Previous race: 1981 Spain Grand Prix
Next race: 1981 Britain Grand Prix

Interesting facts and statistics about the 1981 France Grand Prix

5th victory for the Renault team
1st victory for the Alain Prost
2nd podium for the Alain Prost
10th podium for the John Watson
10th podium for the Nelson Piquet

Alain Prost - Winner of the 1981 France Grand Prix

Alain Prost - Winner of the 1981 France Grand Prix

1981 France Grand Prix

1981 France Grand Prix

Renault RE30 - 1981 France Grand Prix winner

Renault RE30 - 1981 France Grand Prix winner

1981 France Grand Prix results

Position Name Points Result Lap Team
1 Alain Prost 9.00  1h 35m 48.13s  ( 190.392 km/h ) 80 Equipe Renault Elf
2 John Watson 6.00  1h 35m 50.42s  ( +02.29s ) 80 Marlboro McLaren International
3 Nelson Piquet 4.00  1h 36m 12.35s  ( +24.22s ) 80 Parmalat Racing Team
4 René Arnoux 3.00  1h 36m 30.43s  ( +42.30s ) 80 Equipe Renault Elf
5 Didier Pironi 2.00   79 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
6 Elio De Angelis 1.00   79 John Player Team Lotus
7 Nigel Mansell 0   79 John Player Team Lotus
8 Mario Andretti 0   79 Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo
9 Hector Rebaque 0   78 Parmalat Racing Team
10 Carlos Reutemann 0   78 TAG Williams Team
11 Andrea De Cesaris 0   78 Marlboro McLaren International
12 Marc Surer 0   78 Theodore Racing Team
13 Eddie Cheever 0   77 Tyrrell Racing Team
14 Riccardo Patrese 0   77 Ragno Arrows Beta Racing Team
15 Bruno Giacomelli 0   77 Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo
16 Michele Alboreto 0   77 Tyrrell Racing Team
17 Alan Jones 0   76 TAG Williams Team
ab Jacques Laffite 0  Collision 57 Equipe Talbot Gitanes
ab Derek Daly 0  Engine 55 March Grand Prix Team
ab Gilles Villeneuve 0  Turbo 41 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
ab Patrick Tambay 0  Wheel bearing 30 Equipe Talbot Gitanes
ab Keke Rosberg 0  Suspension 11 Fittipaldi Automotive
ab Eliseo Salazar 0  Suspension 6 Ensign Racing
nq Slim Borgudd 0     Team ATS
np Chico Serra 0  Accident   Fittipaldi Automotive
nq Siegfried Stohr 0     Ragno Arrows Beta Racing Team
nq Beppe Gabbiani 0     Osella Squadra Corse
f Miguel Angel Guerra 0  Injury   Osella Squadra Corse
nq Brian Henton 0     Candy Toleman Motorsport
nq Derek Warwick 0     Candy Toleman Motorsport

Qualifying Results for the 1981 France Grand Prix on the Dijon-Prenois circuit

Position Name Result Team
1 René Arnoux 1'05''95 Equipe Renault Elf
2 John Watson 1'06''36 Marlboro McLaren International
3 Alain Prost 1'06''36 Equipe Renault Elf
4 Nelson Piquet 1'06''91 Parmalat Racing Team
5 Andrea De Cesaris 1'07''03 Marlboro McLaren International
6 Jacques Laffite 1'07''09 Equipe Talbot Gitanes
7 Carlos Reutemann 1'07''42 TAG Williams Team
8 Elio De Angelis 1'07''52 John Player Team Lotus
9 Alan Jones 1'07''53 TAG Williams Team
10 Mario Andretti 1'07''56 Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo
11 Gilles Villeneuve 1'07''60 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
12 Bruno Giacomelli 1'07''63 Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo
13 Nigel Mansell 1'07''72 John Player Team Lotus
14 Didier Pironi 1'08''09 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
15 Hector Rebaque 1'08''21 Parmalat Racing Team
16 Patrick Tambay 1'08''47 Equipe Talbot Gitanes
17 Keke Rosberg 1'09''35 Fittipaldi Automotive
18 Riccardo Patrese 1'09''37 Ragno Arrows Beta Racing Team
19 Eddie Cheever 1'09''88 Tyrrell Racing Team
20 Derek Daly 1'09''94 March Grand Prix Team
21 Marc Surer 1'10''21 Theodore Racing Team
22 Eliseo Salazar 1'10''50 Ensign Racing
23 Michele Alboreto 1'10''64 Tyrrell Racing Team
24 Chico Serra 1'10''86 Fittipaldi Automotive
25 Siegfried Stohr 1'11''24 Ragno Arrows Beta Racing Team
26 Brian Henton 1'11''28 Candy Toleman Motorsport
27 Slim Borgudd 1'12''20 Team ATS
28 Beppe Gabbiani 1'12''24 Osella Squadra Corse
29 Derek Warwick 1'13''65 Candy Toleman Motorsport
0 Miguel Angel Guerra 0 Osella Squadra Corse

List of all cars for the 1981 France Grand Prix on the Dijon-Prenois circuit

Lotus 87

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Osella FA1B

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Ligier JS17

Matra MS81 V12 3.0

March 811

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Brabham BT49C

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Renault RE30

Renault EF1 V6 t 1.5

Theodore TY01

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Ferrari 126CK

Ferrari 021 V6 t 1.5

Fittipaldi F8C

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

McLaren MP4/1

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Williams FW07C

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Toleman TG181

Hart 415T L4 t 1.5

ATS D5

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Arrows A3

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Alfa Romeo 179C

Alfa Romeo 1260 V12 3.0

Ensign N180B

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Tyrrell 010

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0