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-Judd of Nigel Mansell in 5th place, 3.7 seconds off the pace set by Senna.

Japanese driver Satoru Nakajima failed to qualify his Lotus-Honda 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-Ford of Adrián Campos and the Tyrrell-Ford of Julian Bailey.

Nakajima's failure to qualify was the first time since the engines introduction to Formula One in 1983 that a car powered by a turbocharged Honda V6 engine would fail to qualify for a race. He also became only the 7th Lotus driver since the team first competed in F1 in 1958 not to qualify for a race, and the first Lotus DNQ since Johnny Dumfries failed to do so at Monaco in 1986 when there were only 20 qualifiers.

Race summary[edit]

Senna led from the start, with Berger overtaking Prost when the Frenchman momentarily could not engage second gear. The first corner at St Devote saw a variety of accidents: Alex Caffi in his new Dallara-Ford hit the wall, AGS's Philippe Streiff retired from a stunning 12th place on the grid when an accelerator cable broke, and World Champion Nelson Piquet collided with Eddie Cheever's Arrows-Megatron which forced his retirement at the end of the first lap. With Nakajima's failure to qualify and Piquet's race only lasting one lap, Monaco in 1988 was a total disaster for Lotus.

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. Mansell was out on the spot but the Ferrari was not damaged and Alboreto was able to continue. On lap 51, there were some dramatic moments when, at the Mirabeau turn, Philippe Alliot in his Lola-Ford had a violent collision with Riccardo Patrese's Williams (Patrese was in fact trying to lap Alliot who seemed to be ignoring the blue flags).

By lap 54 Prost had finally got a run on Berger down the pit straight and got past on the run to St Devote, taking second place, though he was some 50 seconds behind Senna. In an effort to put at least some pressure on his team mate, 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 the Brazilian 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 that evening when he walked into the pits as they were packing up (in an interview posted on the Formula One website in April 2014, Dennis confirmed that Senna had been so angry with himself that he went back to his flat in Monaco).[2] According to Prost, from the tyre marks on the road it had appeared as though Senna had actually clipped the inside barrier which then forced him into the outside guard rail.

The Ferraris of Berger and Alboreto took 2nd and 3rd, with Derek Warwick in his Arrows-Megatron putting in a fine drive to finish 4th after a race-long battle with the Tyrrell of fellow Englishman Jonathan Palmer. Patrese recovered from his collision with Alliot 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 and his first points for Williams.

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. 
  2. ^ 2014 Ron Dennis interview


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