• Dutch Grand Prix
  • Prost wins as Piquet erases gap
  • August 30, 1981: Alain Prost took his second win of the season for Renault, leading the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort for all but a few dozen yards during a fierce battle with Alan Jones. Nelson Piquet's second place put him level with Carlos Reutemann in the drivers' championship

  • Austrian Grand Prix
  • Laffite profits from Ligier's tyre choice
  • August 16, 1981: The Austrian Grand Prix was won in style by Jacques Laffite for the Talbot-Ligier team and much of the work was done by someone else many months before

  • British Grand Prix
  • Watson wins as Renaults expire
  • July 18, 1981: John Watson followed third in Spain and second in France with a popular victory in his McLaren at Silverstone

  • Spanish Grand Prix
  • Villeneuve takes astonishing defensive victory
  • June 21, 1981: After a season dominated by off-track politics and disputes, purists were delighted that the Spanish Grand Prix was memorable for the right reasons, Gilles Villeneuve winning a thrilling race where less than one-and-a-quarter seconds separated the first five cars

  • Monaco Grand Prix
  • Villeneuve back to winning ways
  • May 31, 1981: Gilles Villeneuve showed Ferrari had put its appalling 1980 season behind it with victory in Monte Carlo, but yet again the weekend was as memorable for off-track events as anything on it.

  • San Marino Grand Prix
  • Piquet closes gap with Imola win
  • May 3, 1981: Nelson Piquet scored his second successive win with victory at the San Marino Grand Prix, taking him within three points of championship leader Carlos Reutemann

  • US Grand Prix
  • Jones ends season in winning style
  • October 5, 1980: Alan Jones, who had secured the title a week earlier in Canada, polished off the season in fitting style with victory at Watkins Glen, his fifth of the season - sixth if the discounted Spanish Grand Prix was included

  • Canadian Grand Prix
  • Jones revels in title glory
  • September 28, 1980: Alan Jones won the Canadian Grand Prix and in so doing secured his first and only world championship. The race itself was hardly a classic, more memorable for accidents, breakdowns and a re-start than any outstanding driving skills

  • British Grand Prix
  • Jones wins 'home grand prix'
  • July 13, 1980: Alan Jones won the British Grand Prix, his third win in succession even though the one in Spain had been invalidated, to extend his lead over Nelson Piquet in the drivers' championship to six points

  • French Grand Prix
  • Jones follows void Spanish GP victory with win
  • June 29, 1980: Three weeks after his win-that-never-was at the Spanish Grand Prix subsequently declared illegal by the FIA, there was no disputing Alan Jones' victory at the French Grand Prix

  • Spanish Grand Prix
  • Jones wins but FIA declares race illegal
  • June 1, 1980: At Jarama politics and racing collided head on - a confusing weekend ended with a "Formula DFV" race going ahead without Ferrari, Alfa and Renault. Alan Jones' win was not to count for world championship points

  • Monaco Grand Prix
  • Reutemann wins after early pile-up
  • May 18, 1980: Carlos Reutemann won an action-packed and wet Monaco Grand Prix for Williams, a race marked by a spectacular four-car first-corner pile-up

  • Belgian Grand Prix
  • Dominant Pironi takes maiden win at Zolder
  • May 4, 1980: Didier Pironi won the Belgian Grand Prix, the first race of the European season, having led from start to finish at the tight circuit of Zolder

  • Argentine Grand Prix
  • Jones continues where he left off
  • January 13, 1980: Alan Jones, who ended the 1979 championship in blistering form, showed his Williams was the car to beat with victory in the season-opening Argentine Grand Prix

  • US Grand Prix
  • Villeneuve outlines future title credentials
  • October 7, 1979: Gilles Villeneuve recorded his third win of the season in the USA Grand Prix at a wet Watkins Glen. The title had already gone to his Ferrari team-mate Jody Scheckter but Villeneuve was determined to prove he was a championship contender

  • Canadian Grand Prix
  • Jones notches up four from five
  • September 30, 1979: Alan Jones recorded his fourth win in five races at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, successfully fighting off a determined challenge from local hero Gilles Villeneuve

  • South African Grand Prix
  • Villeneuve victorious in new Ferrari
  • March 3, 1979: All eyes were on the Ligiers after their dominance of the opening two races, but it was Gilles Villeneuve who steered his brand new Ferrari to victory - his second win in four outings - at Kyalami

  • Brazilian Grand Prix
  • Laffite again as Ligier dominates
  • February 4, 1979: Jacques Lafitte showed his win a fortnight earlier in Argentina was no fluke by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos

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