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The 1988 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 24 July 1988 at the Hockenheimring, Hockenheim. It was the ninth race of the 1988 Formula One World Championship.

1988 German Grand Prix
Race 9 of 16 in the 1988 Formula One World Championship
Circuit Hockenheimring-1982.svg
Race details
Date 24 July 1988
Official name Mobil 1 Grosser Preis von Deutschland
Location Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 6.797 km (4.223 mi)
Distance 44 laps, 299.068 km (185.832 mi)
Weather Wet and cool
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Honda
Time 1:44.596
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford
Time 2:03.032 on lap 40
Podium
First McLaren-Honda
Second McLaren-Honda
Third Ferrari

The 44-lap race was won from pole position by Ayrton Senna, driving a McLaren-Honda, with teammate Alain Prost second and Gerhard Berger third in a Ferrari. The win, Senna's fifth of the season, moved him to within three points of Prost at the top of the Drivers' Championship.

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Pre-raceEdit

At the midpoint of the season, the pre-qualifiers were re-evaluated. After a fourth-place finish in the Detroit Grand Prix, the Rial of Andrea de Cesaris was promoted to the top 26 cars automatically entered into the main qualifying sessions. Relegated to pre-qualifying was the Osella of Nicola Larini.

Before the German Grand Prix, Williams announced that Thierry Boutsen would be joining the team in 1989 as the replacement for Nigel Mansell, who was moving to Ferrari.

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying saw Ayrton Senna take his seventh pole position of the season by just under 0.3 seconds from McLaren teammate Alain Prost. Gerhard Berger was third in his Ferrari, albeit over a second behind Prost, with teammate Michele Alboreto fourth, a further second behind. Nelson Piquet took fifth in his Lotus, with Alessandro Nannini sixth in his Benetton, the highest-placed non-turbo car. The Marches of Ivan Capelli and Maurício Gugelmin took seventh and tenth respectively, sandwiching Satoru Nakajima in the second Lotus and Boutsen in the second Benetton.

RaceEdit

There had been thunderstorms all weekend. The rain stopped on Sunday morning, but there were concerns over which type of tyre to use for the race. In the end, everyone started on wet tyres with the exception of Piquet, who gambled on the track drying out.

At the start, Senna led away while Prost dropped behind Berger and a fast-starting Nannini. Piquet's gamble failed to pay off as he aquaplaned off the track at the Ostkurve chicane and hit the barriers, limping back to the pits to retire. Prost re-passed Nannini on lap 8, while on lap 9 Philippe Alliot, who had pitted for slick tyres, spun his Lola off at the Ostkurve while allowing Senna to lap him. Prost overtook Berger for second on lap 12, but by then Senna was 12 seconds ahead.

Senna and Prost maintained their 1-2 until the chequered flag, despite a late spin by the Frenchman coming out of the Ostkurve. It was Senna's fifth win of the season, as well as the sixth 1-2 for McLaren; the Brazilian thus moved within three points of Prost in the Drivers' Championship.

Berger and Alboreto finished third and fourth respectively. Berger's podium finish was to be the last achieved by the Ferrari team during Enzo Ferrari's lifetime, as he died three weeks later. Nannini was running fourth when he had to pit seven laps from the end due to a broken throttle bracket, losing four laps as a result; a charge brought him the fastest lap of the race, though he still finished only 18th. Capelli inherited fifth despite having no clutch for the last 30 laps, while Boutsen took the final point for sixth.

Mansell retired from seventh with a spin after a broken bolt had jammed his gearbox. Bernd Schneider achieved his first Grand Prix finish in his home race, coming home 12th, which turned out to be the highest finish of the season for the Zakspeed team.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 12   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:44.596 1:50.002
2 11   Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:44.873 1:45.868 +0.277
3 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:46.115 1:46.431 +1.519
4 27   Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:47.154 1:47.418 +2.558
5 1   Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda 1:47.702 1:47.681 +3.085
6 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:48.223 1:48.208 +3.612
7 16   Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:48.703 1:49.750 +4.107
8 2   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 1:49.359 1:48.781 +4.185
9 20   Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 1:48.837 1:49.966 +4.241
10 15   Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:49.511 1:49.645 +4.915
11 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd 1:49.850 1:50.673 +5.254
12 17   Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 1:50.459 1:50.770 +5.863
13 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd 1:51.105 1:50.719 +6.213
14 22   Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Ford 1:51.004 1:51.859 +6.408
15 18   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 1:51.385 1:51.171 +6.575
16 14   Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford 1:52.348 1:51.642 +7.046
17 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Judd 1:54.139 1:52.080 +7.484
18 21   Nicola Larini Osella 1:52.203 1:52.168 +7.572
19 36   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:52.469 1:52.277 +7.681
20 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 1:52.293 1:52.629 +7.697
21 29   Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 1:52.795 1:52.436 +7.840
22 10   Bernd Schneider Zakspeed 1:52.696 1:52.664 +8.068
23 9   Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed 1:52.674 1:57.241 +8.078
24 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:53.238 1:52.908 +8.312
25 33   Stefano Modena EuroBrun-Ford 1:52.998 1:53.904 +8.402
26 32   Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Ford 1:53.832 1:53.043 +8.447
DNQ 24   Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:53.356 1:53.673 +8.760
DNQ 26   Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd 1:54.717 1:53.507 +8.911
DNQ 4   Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Ford 1:53.674 1:53.576 +8.980
DNQ 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:53.720 1:53.673 +9.077
DNPQ 31   Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Ford

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 44 1:32:54.188 1 9
2 11   Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 44 + 13.609 2 6
3 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 44 + 52.095 3 4
4 27   Michele Alboreto Ferrari 44 + 1:40.912 4 3
5 16   Ivan Capelli March-Judd 44 + 1:49.606 7 2
6 20   Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 43 + 1 Lap 9 1
7 17   Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 43 + 1 Lap 12  
8 15   Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 43 + 1 Lap 10  
9 2   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 43 + 1 Lap 8  
10 18   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 43 + 1 Lap 15  
11 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 43 + 1 Lap 24  
12 10   Bernd Schneider Zakspeed 43 + 1 Lap 22  
13 22   Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Ford 42 + 2 Laps 14  
14 9   Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed 42 + 2 Laps 23  
15 36   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 42 + 2 Laps 19  
16 32   Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Ford 42 + 2 Laps 26  
17 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Judd 41 + 3 Laps 17  
18 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 40 + 4 Laps 6  
19 29   Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 39 Clutch 21  
Ret 14   Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford 38 Throttle 16  
Ret 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd 34 Spun Off 13  
Ret 21   Nicola Larini Osella 27 Engine 18  
Ret 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd 16 Spun Off 11  
Ret 33   Stefano Modena EuroBrun-Ford 15 Engine 25  
Ret 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 8 Spun Off 20  
Ret 1   Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda 1 Spun Off 5  
DNQ 24   Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford    
DNQ 26   Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd    
DNQ 4   Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Ford    
DNQ 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford    
DNPQ 31   Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Ford      
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1988 German Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Germany 1988 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.


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