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The LIII Foster's Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the 1988 Australian Grand Prix, was the sixteenth and final round of the 1988 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged on the 13 November 1988 at the Adelaide Street Circuit.[2] The race would see Alain Prost claim victory ahead of World Champion teammate Ayrton Senna, in what was the last race, and victory, for a turbocharged car until the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.[2]

The build-up to the 1988 season finale was coated in controversy, with FISA president Jean-Marie Balestre insinuating that McLaren-Honda had been biased towards Senna in the latter half of the season.[2] In response McLaren boss Ron Dennis demanded an apology from FISA, although there was no threat of a McLaren withdrawal as the team aimed for a record fifteenth win of the campaign.[2]

Newly crowned Champion Senna duly put his McLaren on pole, with Prost claiming a comfortable second in the sister car.[2] Nigel Mansell was best of the rest in his Williams-Judd, ahead of Gerhard Berger of Ferrari, out-going Champion Nelson Piquet, and Riccardo Patrese, who was making a record breaking 176th Grand Prix start.[2]

The start of the race saw Senna limp away from pole, handing Prost an instant lead on the run into the first corner.[2] Senna hence had to fend off an attack from Mansell into the first corner, and duly squeezed the Brit towards the wall to hold onto his position.[2]

Mansell duly dropped behind Berger and Piquet having backed off, as Michele Alboreto and Alex Caffi removed one-another just behind.[2] Prost, meanwhile, was able to establish a small lead over Senna, with the Brazilian himself unable to shake the attentions of Berger and co. behind.[2]

Indeed, Berger would ease past the Brazilian early on lap three, and duly went on to hunt down Prost for the lead.[2] A swift move on lap fourteen carried the #28 Ferrari to the head of the field, with Berger quickly establishing a lead ahead of the Frenchman.[2]

It looked as if it was Berger's race to loose, only for the Austrian to smash into the back of René Arnoux while trying to lap him.[2] Berger was out on the spot with heavy damage, handing Prost a now comfortable lead over Senna in second.[2]

Prost duly went on to win the race at a canter, with Senna a distant second to end the season three points off the Brazilian.[2] Nelson Piquet, meanwhile, would survive a series of late retirements to claim the 172nd and final podium finish for Lotus, as McLaren-Honda set a new record for most points scored across a Championship season.[2]

BackgroundEdit

An eighth victory of the season last time out in Japan had ensured that Ayrton Senna was declared as the 1988 FIA Formula One World Championship Champion with a race to spare, with dropped scores having a major influence. Indeed, his major rival Alain Prost could only score three points in Australia, which would only bring him level with the Brazilian if Senna failed to score. Senna would therefore win the crown by virtue of his eight wins to the Frenchman's seven, despite the fact that Prost had outscored Senna across the entire season.

In the Constructors' Championship, meanwhile, McLaren-Honda had once again increased their record points tally, having moved onto 184 points in Japan. They left Suzuka with a 119 point lead over second placed Ferrari, who had officially secured the runner-up spot in Japan. Benetton-Ford Cosworth had likewise secured third ahead of Arrows-Megatron, with March-Judd, Lotus-Honda and Williams-Judd all in the fight for fourth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1988 Australian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Honda Lotus 100T Honda RA168E 1.5 V6t G
2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Honda Lotus 100T Honda RA168E 1.5 V6t G
3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 017 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 017 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Canon Williams Team Williams FW12 Judd CV 3.5 V8 G
6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Canon Williams Team Williams FW12 Judd CV 3.5 V8 G
9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 881B Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t G
10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 881B Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t G
11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/4 Honda RA168E 1.5 V6t G
12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/4 Honda RA168E 1.5 V6t G
14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS Racing AGS JH23 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom Leyton House March Racing Team March 881 Judd CV 3.5 V8 G
16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom Leyton House March Racing Team March 881 Judd CV 3.5 V8 G
17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom USF&G Arrows Megatron Arrows A10B Megatron M12/13 1.5 L4t G
18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom USF&G Arrows Megatron Arrows A10B Megatron M12/13 1.5 L4t G
19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton Formula Benetton B188 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G
20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton Formula Benetton B188 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G
21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1L Osella 890T 1.5 V8t G
22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial Racing Rial ARC1 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Lois Minardi Team SpA Minardi M188 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Lois Minardi Team SpA Minardi M188 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
25 France René Arnoux France Ligier Loto Ligier JS31 Judd CV 3.5 V8 G
26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier Loto Ligier JS31 Judd CV 3.5 V8 G
27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari F187/88C Ferrari 033E 1.5 V6t G
28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari F187/88C Ferrari 033E 1.5 V6t G
29 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel France Larrousse Camels Lola LC88 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
30 France Philippe Alliot France Larrousse Camels Lola LC88 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni SpA Coloni FC188B Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Italy EuroBrun Racing EuroBrun ER188 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun Racing EuroBrun ER188 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
36 Italy Alex Caffi Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Dallara F188 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1988 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:18.332 1:17.748
2 11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:18.179 1:17.880 +0.132s
3 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1:19.427 1:19.508 +1.760s
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:20.019 1:19.517 +1.769s
5 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:20.477 1:19.535 +1.787s
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1:19.925 1:19.998 +2.177s
7 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:20.086 1:20.495 +2.748s
8 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:20.331 1:20.182 +2.434s
9 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Judd 1:21.136 1:20.459 +2.711s
10 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:21.114 1:20.486 +2.738s
11 36 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 1:20.781 1:20.881 +3.033s
12 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:20.844 1:20.964 +3.096s
13 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:21.542 1:20.852 +3.104s
14 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:21.905 1:21.133 +3.385s
15 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 1:21.944 1:21.164 +3.416s
16 14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:22.170 1:21.262 +3.514s
17 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:21.959 1:21.307 +3.559s
18 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:21.393 1:21.514 +3.645s
19 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom March-Judd 1:21.871 1:21.554 +3.806s
20 33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 1:21.972 1:21.856 +4.108s
21 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:23.022 1:21.893 +4.145s
22 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier-Judd 1:23.417 1:21.988 +4.240s
23 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Judd 1:23.547 1:22.028 +4.280s
24 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:22.420 1:22.211 +4.463s
25 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 1:23.413 1:22.213 +4.465s
26 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Zakspeed 1:22.348 1:22.271 +4.523s
DNQ 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth 1:23.650 1:22.393 +4.645s
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:23.530 1:22.529 +4.781s
DNQ 29 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:23.393 1:22.733 +4.985s
DNQ 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany Zakspeed 1:24.221 1:23.025 +5.277s
DNPQ 21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella 1:28.440
Source:[4][5][6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Ayrton Senna 2
______________ Alain Prost
Row 2 3 ______________
Nigel Mansell 4
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 3 5 ______________
Nelson Piquet 6
______________ Riccardo Patrese
Row 4 7 ______________
Derek Warwick 8
______________ Alessandro Nannini
Row 5 9 ______________
Ivan Capelli 10
______________ Thierry Boutsen
Row 6 11 ______________
Alex Caffi 12
______________ Michele Alboreto
Row 7 13 ______________
Satoru Nakajima 14
______________ Pierluigi Martini
Row 8 15 ______________
Andrea de Cesaris 16
______________ Philippe Streiff
Row 9 17 ______________
Jonathan Palmer 18
______________ Eddie Cheever
Row 10 19 ______________
Maurício Gugelmin 20
______________ Stefano Modena*
Row 11 21 ______________
Luis Pérez-Sala 22
______________ Stefan Johansson
Row 12 23 ______________
René Arnoux 24
______________ Philippe Alliot
Row 13 25 ______________
Oscar Larrauri 26
______________ Piercarlo Ghinzani
  • * Modena would start the race from the back of the grid after stalling on the formation lap.[7]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1988 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 82 1:53:14.676 2 9
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 82 +36.387s 1 6
3 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 82 +47.546s 5 4
4 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Judd 82 +1:20.088 6 3
5 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 81 +1 Lap 10 2
6 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Judd 81 +1 Lap 9 1
7 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 80 +2 Laps 14
8* 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 77 Out of fuel 15
9* 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier-Judd 76 Out of fuel 22
10* 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 75 Out of fuel 24
11* 14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS-Ford Cosworth 73 Electrical 16
Ret 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Zakspeed 69 Fuel system 26
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Judd 65 Spin 3
Ret 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 63 Spin 8
Ret 33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 63 Halfshaft 20
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 52 Engine 7
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 51 Engine 18
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom March-Judd 46 Collision 19
Ret 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 45 Collision 13
Ret 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 41 Engine 21
Ret 36 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 32 Clutch 11
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 25 Collision 4
Ret 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Judd 24 Collision 23
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 16 Transmission 17
Ret 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 12 Halfshaft 25
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 0 Collision 12
DNQ 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 29 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel France Lola-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany Zakspeed
DNPQ 21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella
Source:[7]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * de Cesaris, Johansson, Alliot and Streiff were all still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[7]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Alain Prost ended the 1988 FIA Formula One World Championship as the highest scoring driver after his seventh win of the season, and yet that was not enough to see him crowned Champion. Indeed, for just the second time in F1 history, and the first since John Surtees claimed the 1964 title, the title had been decided on the dropped scores rule. Ayrton Senna was hence able to receive his crown having officially scored 90 points to Prost's 87, despite the fact that they had scored 94 and 105 respectively across the season.

In the Constructors' Championship, meanwhile, it had been a startlingly dominant season for McLaren-Honda, who ended the turbo-era of F1 with a record 199 point haul. Their tally was more than three times that of second placed Ferrari, and over five times the value of Benetton-Ford Cosworth's 39 point tally in third. Elsewhere, Lotus-Honda had hauled themselves back into the top five at the season finale, with ten teams having registered points across the campaign.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Ayrton Senna 90 (94)
2 France Alain Prost 87 (105)
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 41
4 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 27
5 Italy Michele Alboreto 24
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet 22
7 Italy Ivan Capelli 17 ▲1
8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 17 ▼1
9 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 12
10 Italy Alessandro Nannini 12
11 Italy Riccardo Patrese 6 ▲3
12 United States Eddie Cheever 6 ▼1
13 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin 5 ▼1
14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 5 ▼1
15 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3
16 Japan Satoru Nakajima 1
17 Italy Pierluigi Martini 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 199
2 Italy Ferrari 65
3 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 39
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 23 ▲2
5 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 23 ▼1
6 United Kingdom March-Judd 22 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Williams-Judd 20
8 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 5
9 West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 3
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 '16. Australia 1988', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/australie.aspx, (Accessed 15/04/2019)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 'Australian GP, 1987', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr468.html, (Accessed 15/04/2019)
  3. 'Australia 1988: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/australie.aspx, (Accessed 15/04/2019)
  4. 'Foster's Australian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/542/australia/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 15/04/2019)
  5. 'Foster's Australian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/542/australia/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 15/04/2019)
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 'Australia 1988: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/australie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 15/04/2019)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 '1988 Australian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1988&gp=Australian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 15/04/2019)
V T E 1988 Formula One Season
Teams Lotus • Tyrrell • Williams • Zakspeed • McLaren • AGS • March • Arrows • Benetton • Osella • Rial • Minardi • Ligier • Ferrari • Lola • Coloni • EuroBrun • Dallara
Engines Ferrari • Ford • Honda • Judd • Megatron • Osella • Zakspeed
Drivers Piquet • 2 Nakajima • 3 Palmer • 4 Bailey • 5 Mansell • 5 Brundle • 5 Schlesser • 6 Patrese • 9 Ghinzani • 10 Schneider • 11 Prost • 12 Senna • 14 Streiff • 15 Gugelmin • 16 Capelli • 17 Warwick • 18 Cheever • 19 Nannini • 20 Boutsen • 21 Larini • 22 De Cesaris • 23 Campos • 23 Martini • 24 Pérez-Sala • 25 Arnoux • 26 Johansson • 27 Alboreto • 28 Berger • 29 Dalmas • 29 Suzuki • 29 Raphanel • 30 Alliot • 31 Tarquini • 32 Larrauri • 33 Modena • 36 Caffi
Other Drivers Brabham • Donnelly • Dumfries
Cars McLaren MP4/4 • Ferrari F1/87/88C • Benetton B188 • Lotus 100T • Arrows A10B • March 881 • Williams FW12 • Tyrrell 017 • Rial ARC1 • Minardi M188 • Lola LC88 • Dallara 3087 • Dallara F188 • AGS JH22 • AGS JH23 • Coloni FC188 • Ligier JS31 • Osella FA1I • Osella FA1L • EuroBrun ER188 • Zakspeed 881
Tyres Goodyear
Races Brazil • San Marino • Monaco • Mexico • Canada • Detroit • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Portugal • Spain • Japan • Australia
See also 1987 Formula One Season • 1989 Formula One Season • Category
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