|Date May 31, 1981|
Course Street circuit
|Location Circuit de Monaco|
Course length 3.312 km (2.057 mi)
|Distance 76 laps, 251.712 km (156.406 mi)|
The 1981 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monaco on May 31, 1981.
The start of the race was delayed after a fire in the Loews Hotel kitchens, which necessitated the fire service pumping large quantities of water to put the fires out. Water then seeped through the floors of the hotel and into the tunnel, delaying the race for an hour. Nelson Piquet led for much of the race, but crashed out late on. New race leader Alan Jones then suffered a fuel feed problem in the latter stages of the race, allowing Gilles Villeneuve in his Ferrari, to take his first victory since 1979. Championship leader Carlos Reutemann retired with gearbox problems, breaking a 15-race streak of consistently finishing in the points.