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The 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix, known officially as the XVII Grande Prêmio do Brasil, was the opening round of the 1988 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the freshly renamed Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, on the 3 April 1988.[1] The race would see Alain Prost claim a dominant victory for McLaren-Honda, against a field largely comprised on non-turbocharged cars.[1]

It had been a very busy winter after the end of the 1987 campaign, with FISA and FOCA both agreeing to a ban of turbocharged engines from 1989 onward.[1] This resulted in a large number of teams switching to new 3.5 litre V8s, with a new engine manufacturer Judd supplying three teams, including defending Constructors' Champions Williams.[1]

There had also been sweeping changes on the driver front with McLaren, having also become the de facto Honda factory team, signing Ayrton Senna to partner Prost.[1] Defending Champion Nelson Piquet, meanwhile, had moved to Lotus-Honda to partner Satoru Nakajima, while his seat at Williams had been filled by Riccardo Patrese.[1]

Qualifying for the opening race would see Senna claim pole in his turbocharged McLaren, although Nigel Mansell caused a stir by putting his Williams-Judd onto second.[1] Prost was next ahead of Gerhard Berger in the #28 Ferrari, while Piquet opened his title defence from fifth.[1]

An issue for Senna at the end of the formation lap saw the start delayed, with the Brazilian hastily jumping into his spare car to start from the pitlane.[1] This would later result in Senna getting disqualified from the race, the FIA having banned swapping to spare cars after the formation lap during the winter.[1]

With Senna gone it was clear for Mansell to claim the lead off the grid, although he was unsurprisingly mugged by Prost and Berger on the run to the first corner.[1] Indeed, the two turbocharged cars powered away from the Williams to duel for the lead through the first corner, with Prost ultimately emerging ahead.[1]

Mansell briefly got ahead of Berger through the first corner, although the Ferrari would pounce back later on during the opening lap.[1] He duly stayed glued to the Austrian's tail during the early stages of the race, while Prost escaped out front.[1]

Mansell's race was effectively ended on lap nineteen, when his Judd engine overheated in the wake of Berger's Ferrari. Piquet was hence promoted into third for Lotus, only to briefly lose the position to a charging Senna who had moved from 21st to third in twenty laps.

Senna was disqualified a few laps later, as Prost and co. made their stops for fresh tyres. Yet, there would be no changes to the overall order, with Prost holding a decisive lead over Berger for the rest of the afternoon.

Indeed, Prost would remain ten seconds clear of Berger through to the chequered flag, having paced himself against the Austrian's times.[1] Piquet was a relatively happy third ahead of Derek Warwick, while Michele Alboreto and Satoru Nakajima collected the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1988 Brazilian 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 881 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t G
10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 881 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 Team El Charro AGS 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 Ltd. Benetton B188 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G
20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton Formula Ltd. Benetton B188 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G
21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1I 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 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Lois Minardi Team Minardi M188 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Lois Minardi Team Minardi M188 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
25 France René Arnoux France Equipe Ligier Ligier JS31 Judd CV 3.5 V8 G
26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Equipe Ligier 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 Yannick Dalmas France Larrousse & Camels F1 Lola LC88 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
30 France Philippe Alliot France Larrousse & Camels F1 Lola LC88 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni SpA Coloni FC188 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 3087 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:30.218 1:28.096
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1:30.928 1:28.632 +0.536s
3 11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:31.975 1:28.782 +0.686s
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:32.123 1:29.026 +0.930s
5 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:32.888 1:30.087 +1.991s
6 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:32.523 1:30.114 +2.018s
7 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:32.060 1:30.140 +2.044s
8 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1:34.070 1:40.439 +2.343s
9 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Judd 1:33.546 1:30.929 +2.833s
10 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:33.293 1:31.280 +3.184s
11 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:34.323 1:31.713 +3.617s
12 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:31.722 1:32.748 +3.626s
13 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom March-Judd 1:34.037 1:31.833 +3.737s
14 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 1:34.988 1:32.275 +4.179s
15 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:33.787 1:32.843 +4.747s
16 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:35.930 1:32.933 +4.837s
17 29 France Yannick Dalmas France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:36.832 1:33.408 +5.312s
18 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Judd 1:37.214 1:34.474 +6.378s
19 14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:37.601 1:34.481 +6.385s
20 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:36.593 1:34.532 +6.436s
21 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier-Judd 1:37.454 1:34.579 +6.483s
22 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:38.628 1:34.686 +6.590s
23 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:36.593 1:34.886 +6.790s
24 33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 1:37.506 1:34.910 +6.814s
25 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth 1:41.149 1:35.407 +7.311s
26 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 1:38.927 1:35.711 +7.615s
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:39.711 1:36.137 +8.041s
DNQ 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Zakspeed 1:40.431 1:37.621 +9.525s
DNQ 21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella 1:38.927 1:38.371 +10.275s
DNQ 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany Zakspeed 1:45.540 1:38.614 +10.518s
DNPQ 36 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 1:46.442
Source:[3][4][5]
  • 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
2 Ayrton Senna*
Nigel Mansell ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Alain Prost
Gerhard Berger ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Nelson Piquet
Michele Alboreto ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Thierry Boutsen
Riccardo Patrese ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Ivan Capelli*
Satoru Nakajima ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Derek Warwick
Alessandro Nannini ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Maurício Gugelmin
Andrea de Cesaris ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Eddie Cheever
Philippe Alliot ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Yannick Dalmas
René Arnoux ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Philippe Streiff
Luis Pérez-Sala ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Stefan Johansson
Jonathan Palmer ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Adrián Campos
Stefano Modena ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Gabriele Tarquini
Oscar Larrauri ______________
  • * Senna and Capelli would start from the pit lane.[6]
  • Johansson was forced to start from the back of the grid.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 60 1:36:06.857 3 9
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 60 +9.873s 4 6
3 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 60 +1:08.591 5 4
4 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 60 +1:13.348 11 3
5 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 60 +1:14.556 6 2
6 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 59 +1 Lap 10 1
7 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 7
8 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 59 +1 Lap 15
9 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier-Judd 57 +3 Laps 21
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 53 Engine 14
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 47 Transmission 22
Ret 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 46 Chassis 20
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 40 Suspension 16
Ret 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth 35 Suspension 25
Ret 14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS-Ford Cosworth 35 Brakes 19
Ret 29 France Yannick Dalmas France Lola-Ford Cosworth 32 Engine 17
DSQ* 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 31 Disqualified 1
Ret 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Judd 23 Clutch 18
Ret 33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 20 Engine 24
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Judd 18 Engine 2
Ret 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 7 Engine 12
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Judd 6 Engine 8
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Judd 6 Engine 9
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 5 Chassis 23
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom March-Judd 0 Gearbox 13
Ret 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 0 Electrical 26
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Zakspeed
DNQ 21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella
DNQ 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany Zakspeed
DNPQ 36 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Senna was disqualified for an illegal car change.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

An opening day victory unsurprisingly left Alain Prost at the head of the Championship, three ahead of second placed finisher Gerhard Berger. Defending World Champion Nelson Piquet, meanwhile, would open his title defence with a third place finish, while Derek Warwick, Michele Alboreto and Satoru Nakajima secured their first points of the campaign.

Prost's victory left McLaren-Honda atop the Constructors' Championship after the opening race, albeit just a point ahead of Ferrari in second. Indeed, Ferrari were one of two teams to claim two points finishes at the opener, the other being third placed Lotus-Honda, meaning they were both closer to the leaders than they otherwise would have been. Arrows-Megatron were the only other scorers in fourth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 9
2 Austria Gerhard Berger 6
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet 4
4 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 3
5 Italy Michele Alboreto 2
6 Japan Satoru Nakajima 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 9
2 Italy Ferrari 8
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 5
4 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 3

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 'Brazilian GP, 1988', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr453.html, (Accessed 01/04/2019)
  2. 'Brazil 1988: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/bresil/engages.aspx, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
  3. 'Brazilian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/527/brazil/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
  4. 'Brazilian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/527/brazil/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
  5. 'Brazil 1988: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/bresil/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 'Brazil 1988: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/bresil/classement.aspx, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 '1. Brazil 1988', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), http://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/bresil.aspx, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 '1988 Brazilian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1988&gp=Brazilian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
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
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