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1981 South African Grand Prix

  1981 South African Grand Prix
Race details
Non-Championship race in the 1981 Formula One season

Date 7 February 1981
Location Kyalami
Gauteng, South Africa
Course Permanent racing facility
4.104 km (2.550 mi)
Distance 77 laps, 316.008 km (196.358 mi)
Weather Hot

Pole position
Driver Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford
Time 1:12.78
Fastest lap
Driver Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford
Time 1:13.61
First Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford
Second Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford
Third Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford

The 1981 South African Grand Prix was a Formula Libre motor race held on 7 February 1981 at Kyalami.

The race was originally scheduled to be the opening round of the 1981 FIA Formula One World Championship. However, the ongoing FISA-FOCA war resulted in Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) insisting on a date change which was not acceptable to the race organisers.[1] Approval was ultimately given for the race to go ahead on its original date but as a Formula Libre race rather than as a round of the Formula One World Championship.[1] The downgraded race was supported by the Formula One Constructors Association (FOCA) aligned teams but not by the teams of the manufacturers, whose allegiances lay with FISA.[1] Every team present fielded cars which were fitted with sliding side skirts, aerodynamic devices which were illegal in Formula One for 1981 but acceptable under Formula Libre regulations.[1] The absence of the manufacturer teams meant that all 19 cars in the race were powered by Ford Cosworth engines.[1]

Race result

Pos Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Qual
1 Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 77 1.44:54.03 2
2 Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 77 + 20.2 1
3 Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 77 + 1:06.03 5
4 Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 76 + 1 lap 4
5 John Watson McLaren-Ford 76 + 1 lap 15
6 Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 76 + 1 lap 6
7 Eddie Cheever Tyrrell-Ford 76 + 1 lap 12
8 Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 75 + 2 laps 7
9 Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 75 + 2 laps 13
10 Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 74 + 3 laps 8
11 Derek Daly March-Ford 74 + 3 laps 17
Ret Alan Jones Williams-Ford 62 Skirt 3
Ret Marc Surer Ensign-Ford 58 Battery 14
Ret Andrea de Cesaris McLaren-Ford 54 Accident 9
Ret Desiré Wilson Tyrrell-Ford 51 Accident 16
Ret Eliseo Salazar March-Ford 32 Gearbox 19
Ret Jan Lammers ATS-Ford 16 Brakes 10
Ret Siegfried Stohr Arrows-Ford 12 Engine 11
Ret Geoff Lees Theodore-Ford 11 Accident 18


  1. ^ a b c d e The one that didn't count Retrieved from on 12 February 2010

External links

  • "Formula One World". Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
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