1988 Monaco Grand Prix

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Coordinates: 43°44′4.74″N 7°25′16.8″E / 43.7346500°N 7.421333°E / 43.7346500; 7.421333

Monaco  1988 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 16 in the 1988 Formula One season
Montecarlo 1986.jpg
Date May 15, 1988
Official name 46e Grand Prix de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street circuit
3.328 km (2.068 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 259.584 km (161.298 mi)
Weather Warm and dry
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:23.998
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:26.321 on lap 59
Podium
First France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Second Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari
Third Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari

The 1988 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on May 15, 1988 at the Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo. It was the third race of the 1988 Formula One season.

Qualifying[edit]

The domination that the McLaren-Hondas had showed in qualifying at Imola continued in Monaco. Ayrton Senna was in a class of his own being the only driver to get under 1:24.0 and finishing an astonishing 1.4 seconds quicker than team mate and Monaco specialist Alain Prost and 2.7 seconds faster than third placed Gerhard Berger in his Ferrari. The quickest atmo car was the Williams of Nigel Mansell in 5th place, 3.7 seconds off the pace set by Senna.

Lotus-Honda driver Satoru Nakajima failed to qualify for the 26 car grid (until 1987, Monaco only had a 20 car grid due to the narrow nature of the Monaco circuit). Also failing to qualify on the tight circuit were the Zakspeed of Bernd Schneider, the Minardi of Adrián Campos and the Tyrrell of Julian Bailey.

Race summary[edit]

Senna led from the start, with Berger overtaking Prost when the Frenchman missed a gearchange. The first corner at St.Devote saw a variety of accidents: Alex Caffi in his new Dallara hit the wall, AGS's Philippe Streiff retired from a stunning 12th place on the grid when an accelerator cable broke, and Nelson Piquet retired after colliding with Eddie Cheever.

The running order of Senna-Berger-Prost-Mansell-Alboreto-Nannini was maintained until lap 33 when Alboreto took Mansell off at the Swimming Pool with a late passing manoeuvre. On lap 51, there were some dramatic moments when, at the Mirabeau turn, Philippe Alliot in the Lola had a violent collision with Riccardo Patrese's Williams. By lap 54 Prost had finally got past Berger on the run to the first corner and took second place, some 50 seconds behind Senna. He then started trading fastest laps with Senna, who maintained the gap around 50 seconds. Prost then gained six seconds on Senna after the McLaren team boss Ron Dennis radioed Senna to slow down with only 11 laps of the race remaining, to ensure a safe 1-2 finish.[1] Senna then lost his concentration causing him to spin his MP4/4 into the barrier at Portier on lap 65. Immediately after the crash which deranged the McLarens front suspension, Senna went to his home at Monaco to contemplate losing a race he had dominated from the first time he took to the track for free practice on Thursday morning. The race was won, for the 4th time in 5 years, by Prost. The McLaren team did not even hear from Senna until the next day when he walked into the pits as they were packing up.

The Ferraris took 2nd and 3rd with Derek Warwick in the Arrows-Megatron putting in a fine drive to finish 4th after a race-long battle with the Tyrrell-Ford of Jonathan Palmer. Patrese recovered from his collision to gain the final point by passing the other Lola of Yannick Dalmas on the last lap. Patrese's single point was also the first ever World Championship point scored by a Judd powered car.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:26.464 1:23.998
2 11 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:28.375 1:25.425 +1.427
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:29.001 1:26.685 +2.687
4 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:29.931 1:27.297 +3.299
5 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd 1:28.475 1:27.665 +3.667
6 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:29.093 1:27.869 +3.871
7 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 1:29.928 1:27.872 +3.874
8 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd 1:29.130 1:28.016 +4.018
9 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 1:32.889 1:28.227 +4.229
10 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:30.679 1:28.358 +4.360
11 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda 1:30.924 1:28.403 +4.405
12 14 France Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford 1:29.597 1:28.527 +4.529
13 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 1:31.375 1:28.536 +4.538
14 15 Brazil Mauricio Gugelmin March-Judd 1:32.148 1:28.610 +4.612
15 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:31.662 1:28.625 +4.627
16 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 1:29.539 1:28.640 +4.642
17 36 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:33.691 1:29.075 +5.077
18 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Ford 1:31.861 1:29.093 +5.095
19 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Ford 1:33.183 1:29.298 +5.300
20 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Judd 1:31.964 1:29.480 +5.482
21 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 1:33.158 1:29.601 +5.603
22 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:35.216 1:29.603 +5.605
23 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed 1:33.005 1:30.121 +6.213
24 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Ford 1:32.792 1:30.252 +6.254
25 21 Italy Nicola Larini Osella 1:36.705 1:30.335 +6.337
26 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd 1:36.036 1:30.505 +6.507
DNQ 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 1:30.611 1:31.573 +6.613
DNQ 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed 1:33.585 1:30.613 +6.615
DNQ 23 Spain Adrián Campos Minardi-Ford 1:32.627 1:30.793 +6.795
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Ford 1:34.192 1:30.816 +6.818

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 78 1:57:17.077 2 9
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 78 + 20.453 3 6
3 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 78 + 41.229 4 4
4 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 77 + 1 Lap 7 3
5 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 10 2
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd 77 + 1 Lap 8 1
7 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 21  
8 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 16  
9 21 Italy Nicola Larini Osella 75 + 3 Laps 25  
10 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 72 + 6 Laps 22  
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 66 Collision 1  
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 50 Collision 13  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 45 Fuel System 14  
Ret 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed 43 Gearbox 23  
Ret 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 38 Gearbox 6  
Ret 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 36 Halfshaft 15  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd 32 Collision 5  
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Ford 28 Engine 19  
Ret 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Judd 17 Engine 20  
Ret 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Ford 14 Brakes 18  
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 8 Engine 9  
Ret 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd 6 Engine 26  
Ret 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Ford 5 Suspension 24  
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda 1 Collision 11  
Ret 36 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 0 Spun Off 17  
Ret 14 France Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford 0 Throttle 12  
DNQ 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda    
DNQ 10 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed    
DNQ 23 Spain Adrián Campos Minardi-Ford    
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Ford
EX 33 Italy Stefano Modena EuroBrun-Ford   Excluded  

Notes[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Rubython (October 2011). The Life of Senna. Myrtle Books. ISBN 978-0-9570605-0-0. 


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