Formula One Legends: World Championship 1988

On April 3rd 1988 started the 39th Season of Formula One motor racing and ended on November 13 after sixteen races

Last year for turbo engine, the “atmospheric” naturally aspirated engines were making a return as the sole engine for 1989, with severe restrictions on turbos for this season.

Many teams took the gamble of using Judd or Cosworth V8 engines, to get an extra year to get used to the new regulations, whilst other teams like Ferrari and McLaren decided to make the most of their turbo experience and made one last turbo car to hopefully bring the most of the cars despite the regulations.

The number of participants had risen to 31 as new teams Dallara, Rial and EuroBrun joined Formula 1. Only 30 cars were allowed to qualifying sessions, so one car had to be relegated from each event before first qualifying session.

The reigning champion, Nelson Piquet signed for Lotus, a choice which revealed to be wrong.

McLaren was done with an incredible pair of pilots, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, and getting the engine of Honda, a time of glory for those engines.

Williams made ​​a brave move acquiring Judd engines that could not do anything against the Honda Turbo.

Ferrari decided to maintain its alignment also for the 1988 season, with Gerhard Berger and Michele Alboreto.

Ayrton Senna was World Champion Formula 1 at 28 years, having managed eight wins, fifteen pole positions and eleven podiums, while Alain Prost had managed 7 wins and 7 second places, losing the championship by 3 points difference.

Grand Prix Date Winning Driver Team Laps Time
Brazil 03/04/1988 Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 60 1:36’06.857
San Marino 01/05/1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 60 1:32’41.264
Monaco 15/05/1988 Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 78 1:57’17.077
Mexico 29/05/1988 Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 67 1:30’15.737
Canada 12/06/1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 69 1:39’46.618
United States 19/06/1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 63 1:54’56.035
France 03/07/1988 Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 80 1:37’37.328
Great Britain 10/07/1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 65 1:33’16.367
Germany 24/07/1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 44 1:32’54.188
Hungary 07/08/1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 76 1:57’47.081
Belgium 28/08/1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 43 1:28’00.549
Italy 11/09/1988 Gerhard Berger Ferrari 51 1:17’39.744
Portugal 25/09/1988 Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 70 1:37’40.958
Spain 02/10/1988 Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 72 1:48’43.851
Japan 30/10/1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 51 1:33’26.173
Australia 13/11/1988 Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 82 1:53’14.676

Championship Final Standing  – Drivers

Positions Drivers Points
1 Ayrton Senna 90
2 Alain Prost 87
3 Gerhard Berger 41
4 Thierry Boutsen 27
5 Michele Alboreto 24
6 Nelson Piquet 22
7 Ivan Capelli 17
8 Derek Warwick 17
9 Nigel Mansell 12
10 Alessandro Nannini 12

Championship Final Standing  – Constructors

Positions Team Points
1 McLaren 199
2 Ferrari 65
3 Benetton 39
4 Lotus 23
5 Arrows 23
6 March 22
7 Williams 20
8 Tyrrell 5
9 Rial 3
10 Minardi 1
11 Lola 0

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