1988 Monaco Grand Prix

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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

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

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 dow with only 11 laps of the race remaining, to ensure a safe 1-2 finish.<ref name="Rubython2011">Template:Cite book</ref> 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

Qualifying

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

Race

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

Notes

  • Stefano Modena was excluded for missing a weight check.

Standings after the race

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Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Template:Flag icon Alain Prost 24
2 Template:Flag icon Gerhard Berger 14
3 Template:Flag icon Ayrton Senna 9
4 Template:Flag icon Nelson Piquet 8
5 Template:Flag icon Michele Alboreto 6

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Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Flag icon McLaren-Honda 33
2 Template:Flag icon Ferrari 20
3 Template:Flag icon Lotus-Honda 9
4 Template:Flag icon Arrows-Megatron 6
5 Template:Flag icon Benetton-Ford 4

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

References

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