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  • Caesar's Palace Grand Prix
  • Piquet snatches title as Jones wins on farewell
  • October 17, 1981: Nelson Piquet claimed the world championship thanks to a fifth-place finish in Las Vegas, the two points it brought enough to put him one point clear of Carlos Reutemann who was back in eighth. Alan Jones, who had announced his retirement three weeks earlier, signed off with an impressive victory and some stinging attacks on his rivals

  • Canadian Grand Prix
  • Laffite wins as title goes to the wire
  • September 27, 1981: Jacques Laffite's second win of the year in the penultimate race in Canada set up a tense finish to the season, sending the Formula One circus to Caesar's Palace with three drivers in the hunt for the title - Carlos Reutemann on 49 points, Nelson Piquet on 48, and Laffite on 43

  • Italian Grand Prix
  • Reutemann retakes lead after Piquet misfortune
  • September 13, 1981: Another weekend where the turbocharged cars dominated ended with Alain Prost securing his third win of the season from Alan Jones, while Carlos Reutemann regained the championship lead. The race was also memorable for a spectacular accident involving John Watson

  • 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.

  • Belgian Grand Prix
  • Reutemann win marred by death of mechanic
  • May 17, 1981: Carlos Reutemann won the Belgian Grand Prix but it was a weekend marred by endless bickering over the legality of cars and the death of a mechanic when he fell from the pit wall and a serious accident involving another

  • 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

  • Argentine Grand Prix
  • Piquet ends Williams run
  • April 12, 1981: Williams' dominance of the first two rounds was ended by Nelson Piquet's victory in Buenos Aires, his success angering a highly partisan crowd who had come in the expectation that Carlos Reutemann would record a second successive win

  • Brazilian Grand Prix
  • Reutemann heads another Williams 1-2
  • March 29, 1981: The second race of the season produced another Williams 1-2, although the order was reversed with Carlos Reutemann taking the win from team-mate and defending champion Alan Jones.

  • US Grand Prix
  • Jones wins as Patrese stars at Long Beach
  • March 15, 1981: The season started with victory for defending world champion Alan Jones at Long Beach, suggesting it was going to be another long campaign for Williams' rivals. Despite rule changes which removed skirts from cars, it was as-you-were in the USA.

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