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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

1988 Monaco Grand Prix
Race 3 of 16 in the 1988 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 15 May 1988
Official name 46e Grand Prix de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street circuit
Course length 3.328 km (2.068 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 259.584 km (161.298 mi)
Weather Warm and dry
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Honda
Time 1:23.998
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:26.321 on lap 59
Podium
First McLaren-Honda
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari

The 1988 Monaco Grand Prix (formally the 46e Grand Prix de Monaco[1]) was a Formula One motor race held on 15 May 1988 at the Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo. It was the third race of the 1988 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 78-lap race was won by Frenchman Alain Prost, driving a McLaren-Honda. Prost took his fourth and final Monaco win after Brazilian teammate Ayrton Senna crashed out late on while leading comfortably. Austrian driver Gerhard Berger finished second in a Ferrari, with Italian teammate Michele Alboreto third.

ReportEdit

QualifyingEdit

The McLaren-Hondas continued their dominant form from the previous race at Imola, as Ayrton Senna took pole position by some 1.4 seconds from team-mate Alain Prost, with a further 1.2 seconds back to the Ferrari of Gerhard Berger in third. Berger's team-mate Michele Alboreto was fourth, while Nigel Mansell was fifth in the Williams, the quickest of the naturally-aspirated cars, albeit some 3.6 seconds behind Senna. Completing the top ten were Alessandro Nannini in the Benetton, Derek Warwick in the Arrows, Riccardo Patrese in the second Williams, Eddie Cheever in the second Arrows and Jonathan Palmer in the Tyrrell, while among the non-qualifiers was Satoru Nakajima, whose Lotus was powered by the same Honda turbo engine as the McLaren.

RaceEdit

At the start, Senna led away, while Berger overtook Prost when the Frenchman momentarily could not engage second gear. Behind them, a variety of accidents occurred at Sainte-Dévote: Alex Caffi hit the wall in his Dallara; Philippe Streiff, who had started 12th in his AGS, retired when an accelerator cable broke; and World Champion Nelson Piquet collided with Cheever, which forced the Brazilian to retire at the end of the first lap and thus end a disastrous weekend for the Lotus team.

The running order of Senna, Berger, Prost, Mansell, Alboreto and Nannini was maintained until lap 33 when Alboreto took Mansell off at the Swimming Pool, ending the Englishman's race. Nannini then suffered a gearbox failure on lap 39. On lap 51, Patrese collided with Philippe Alliot's Lola while trying to lap him; Alliot retired immediately.

On lap 54, Prost passed Berger for second on the run to Sainte-Dévote, though he was some 50 seconds behind Senna. In an effort to put some pressure on his team-mate, he started trading fastest laps with him. With 11 laps remaining, McLaren team boss Ron Dennis radioed Senna to slow down to ensure a safe 1-2 finish, allowing Prost to gain six seconds.[2]

On lap 67, Senna lost concentration at Portier, causing him to spin his McLaren into the barrier and damage the car's front suspension. Immediately afterwards, he went to his home in Monaco to contemplate losing a race that he had dominated from the first time he took to the track for free practice on Thursday morning; the McLaren team did not even hear from him until that evening, when he walked into the pits as they were packing up.[3]

Prost thus took his fourth Monaco win in five years, with Berger some 20 seconds behind and Alboreto a further 21 seconds back. Warwick finished fourth after a race-long battle with Palmer, while Patrese recovered from his collision with Alliot to take the final point, passing the other Lola of Yannick Dalmas on the last lap. Patrese's point was also the first-ever World Championship point scored by a Judd-powered car and his first point for Williams.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

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

RaceEdit

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

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1988". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  2. ^ Rubython, Tom (October 2011). The Life of Senna. Myrtle Books. ISBN 978-0-9570605-0-0.
  3. ^ "Ron Dennis on Senna - Part one: the early years". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  4. ^ "1988 Monaco Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Monaco 1988 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.


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