Argentine GP 1981
APRIL 12, 1981
Argentine GP, 1981
In the two weeks between the Brazilian and Argentine GPs there was plenty to talk about. Carlos Reutemann's decision to disobey team orders in Brazil had split the Williams team while the Lotus 88 was once again banned and team boss Colin Chapman was so incensed by the decision that he left before practice even began. There was also a dispute over Brabham's new hydro-pneumatic suspension which was designed to overcome the regulation which meant cars had to run with 6cm of ground clearance. Whenever the Brabham was measured it was 6cm above the ground.
Thanks to his hydro-pneumatic suspension system Piquet was on pole position with Alain Prost second quickest in the Renault. Then came Jones and Reutemann, Rene Arnoux in the second Renault and Hector Rebaque in the second Brabham. The top 10 was completed by Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari), Keke Rosberg (Fittipaldi), Riccardo Patrese (Arrows) and Elio de Angelis in the Lotus.
Jones took the lead at the start but Piquet got ahead in the course of the first lap by driving around the outside of Jones in one of the corners and he then drove away from the field. He ended the race over 25 secs ahead.
In the course of the second lap Reutemann overtook Jones and the Australian would later drop behind Prost and Rebaque as well. Rebaque's Brabham was handling well and so he was able to get ahead of the Renault on lap 11 and so for the middle part of the race the Brabhams were running in 1-2 formation. On lap 33, however, the Mexican disappeared with a distributor problem. This put Reutemann back into second place with Prost third and Jones fourth. Arnoux finished fifth while the final point went to de Angelis after a fight with Patrese and Patrick Tambay (Theodore).
|6||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Cosworth||52||10|
|8||22||Mario Andretti||Alfa Romeo||52||17|
|10r||23||Bruno Giacomelli||Alfa Romeo||51||Out Of Fuel||22|
|11||8||Andrea de Cesaris||McLaren-Cosworth||51||18|
|13||4||Ricardo Zunino||Tyrrell-Cosworth||51||1 Lap Penalty (missed Chicane)||24|
|r||27||Gilles Villeneuve||Ferrari||40||Drive Shaft||7|
|r||33||Patrick Tambay||Theodore-Cosworth||36||Oil Loss/ Engine||14|
|r||7||John Watson||McLaren-Cosworth||36||Crown Wheel & Pinion||11|
|r||6||Hector Rebaque||Brabham-Cosworth||32||Distributor Rotor Arm||6|
|r||26||Jacques Laffite||Talbot Ligier-Matra||19||Vibration/ Handling||21|
|r||20||Keke Rosberg||Fittipaldi-Cosworth||4||Fuel Pump Belt||8|
|nq||25||Jean-Pierre Jobouille||Talbot Ligier-Matra||28|