1988 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Hungary  1988 Hungarian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 10 of 16 in the 1988 Formula One season
Hungaroring circuit 1986-1988.svg
Date August 7, 1988
Official name IV Pop 84 Magyar Nagydíj
Location Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary
Course Permanent racing facility
4.014 km (2.494 mi)
Distance 76 laps, 305.064 km (189.558 mi)
Weather Sunny and hot
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:27.635
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Time 1:30.639 on lap 51
Podium
First Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Second France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Third Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford

The 1988 Hungarian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on August 7, 1988 at the Hungaroring, Budapest. It was the tenth race of the 1988 season.

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying at the tight, twisty, slippery and rarely used Hungaroring threw up a few surprises at this, the one venue on the calendar that it was generally felt gave the atmo their best chance of victory against the turbos. All drivers bettered their Friday time in Saturdays qualifying session which saw McLaren's Ayrton Senna grab his 8th pole position of the season and 24th of his career which at the time made him third on the all-time list after Jim Clark and Juan Manuel Fangio. There were five cars between Senna and World Championship leader, team mate Alain Prost and all were 'atmos' headed by Nigel Mansell in his Williams-Judd for his first front row start since the opening round in Brazil. In Hungary Mansell was driving against doctor's orders as he was recovering from chicken pox, which he caught from his son.

Following the McLaren and Williams on the grid were Thierry Boutsen (Benetton-Ford), Ivan Capelli (March-Judd), Alessandro Nannini (Benetton) and Riccardo Patrese (Williams) before Prost in the 2nd McLaren. World Champion Nelson Piquet was 13th in the Lotus while the Ferrari's of Gerhard Berger and Michele Alboreto were in 9th and 15th respectively, suffering from no grip, poor handling and bad throttle response from the Ferrari V6. It was a far cry from the 1987 race when Berger had qualified his Ferrari on the front row of the grid.

Race summary[edit]

Nigel Mansell made a good start and almost took the lead but Senna held onto his position, and thanks to the superior power of his Honda engine he pulled away slightly down the main straight to head the field into turn 1, vital at this track where passing is almost as hard as it is at Monaco. Patrese also made an excellent start climbing from 6th to 3rd while Prost was slow away and was only 9th at the end of the first lap (Prost wasn't given much of a chance of winning after qualifying, but served notice by again being fastest in the Sunday morning warm-up session). Capelli made a great start and in fact almost overtook Mansell into the first turn before his engine suddenly went sour and he was in after just 2 laps to have a serious misfire investigated. He was sent back out but one of the favorites for the race was out after just 5 laps. On lap 12, Mansell lost downforce running close behind the McLaren and spun down to 4th place, leaving Senna to fend off the attacks of the other Williams, that of Patrese. The Italian later dropped back with engine problems, while similar problems were afflicting Alessandro Nannini's Benetton.

On lap 32, Prost had climbed to 3rd place behind Senna and Thierry Boutsen. On lap 37, Mansell pitted to replace tyres, which were ragged and causing vibrations to the car. Prost passed Boutsen on lap 47 and set out chasing down Senna. Two laps later, while Senna prepared to lap Yannick Dalmas' Lola and Gabriele Tarquini's Coloni, Prost passed all three of them in a breathtaking move down the main straight. However he was too quick going into the first turn and ran wide enabling Senna to regain the lead. Prost set the fastest lap of the race but was forced to drop back with vibrations caused by a loose wheel bearing. On lap 58 Mansell retired still feeling the effects of chickenpox. He later admitted that racing in Hungary was a mistake as he was then forced to miss the next two races. Boutsen closed on Prost, but the Frenchman pressed on and pushed Senna. Just half a second covered the two McLarens as they passed the line. Boutsen the third spot on the podium, unable to challenge further due to a broken exhaust which hindered him. Gerhard Berger, Maurício Gugelmin and Riccardo Patrese completed the points scorers.

This was the final Hungarian Grand Prix to have the chicane installed at turn three. Prior to the 1989 Hungarian Grand Prix, a piece of track to bypass the chicane was installed in a bid to improve passing chances on the track. It worked almost immediately and was the scene of Nigel Mansell's race-winning pass on Ayrton Senna after the Brazilian had been slowed by the lapped Onyx of Stefan Johansson.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:30.422 1:27.635
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd 1:30.151 1:27.743 +0.108
3 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 1:30.780 1:27.970 +0.335
4 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:32.675 1:28.350 +0.715
5 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:29.779 1:28.493 +0.858
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd 1:30.382 1:28.569 +0.934
7 11 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:29.589 1:28.778 +1.143
8 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:35.237 1:29.099 +1.464
9 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:31.192 1:29.244 +1.609
10 36 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:32.887 1:29.891 +2.346
11 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:33.494 1:30.103 +2.468
12 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 1:32.514 1:30.185 +2.550
13 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda 1:35.346 1:30.405 +2.770
14 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 1:32.589 1:30.908 +3.273
15 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:32.304 1:31.052 +3.417
16 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:33.597 1:31.123 +3.488
17 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 1:33.192 1:31.200 +3.565
18 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Ford 1:48.994 1:31.523 +3.888
19 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 1:34.194 1:31.646 +4.011
20 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 1:33.132 1:31.719 +4.084
21 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:34.001 1:31.741 +4.106
22 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Ford 1:35.991 1:32.160 +4.525
23 14 France Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford 1:32.973 1:32.265 +4.630
24 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd 1:34.843 1:32.342 +4.707
25 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Judd 1:35.685 1:32.477 +4.842
26 33 Italy Stefano Modena EuroBrun-Ford 1:35.389 1:32.614 +4.979
DNQ 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Ford 1:35.990 1:32.987 +5.352
DNQ 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed 1:36.716 1:33.357 +5.722
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Ford 1:35.693 1:33.694 +6.059
DNQ 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed 1:36.223 1:34.701 +7.066
DNPQ 21 Italy Nicola Larini Osella

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 76 1:57:47.081 1 9
2 11 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 76 + 0.529 7 6
3 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 76 + 31.410 3 4
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 76 + 1:28.670 9 3
5 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 75 + 1 Lap 8 2
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd 75 + 1 Lap 6 1
7 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 73 + 3 Laps 19  
8 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda 73 + 3 Laps 13  
9 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 73 + 3 Laps 17  
10 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 72 + 4 Laps 11  
11 33 Italy Stefano Modena EuroBrun-Ford 72 + 4 Laps 26  
12 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 72 + 4 Laps 20  
13 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Ford 71 + 5 Laps 22  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 65 Brakes 12  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd 60 Driver Unwell 2  
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 55 Brakes 14  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 40 Electrical 15  
Ret 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Judd 32 Engine 25  
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Ford 28 Halfshaft 18  
Ret 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 24 Overheating 5  
Ret 36 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 22 Engine 10  
Ret 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd 19 Throttle 24  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 8 Collision 16  
Ret 14 France Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford 8 Collision 23  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 5 Engine 4  
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 3 Engine 21  
DNQ 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Ford    
DNQ 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed    
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Ford    
DNQ 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed    
DNPQ 21 Italy Nicola Larini Osella  

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]


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1988 German Grand Prix
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1988 Belgian Grand Prix
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