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The 1988 French Grand Prix, otherwise officially advertised as the 74e Rhône-Poulenc Grand Prix de France, was the seventh round of the 1988 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France, on the 3 July 1988.[1] The race would see Alain Prost claim a dominant home victory for McLaren-Honda, half a minute clear of teammate Ayrton Senna.[1]

Qualifying once again proved to be a McLaren-Honda benefit, although Prost cause something of an upset by beating Senna to pole, with almost half a second between them.[1] Best of the rest was Gerhard Berger in the #28 Ferrari, two tenths off of Senna, while Michele Alboreto was over a second slower than his teammate in fourth.[1]

Prost duly beat Senna off the line to claim the lead at the start, while Nelson Piquet charged through from seventh to challenge the Ferraris.[1] The defending Champion ultimately had to slot his Lotus in behind Alboreto, however, a shuffle which allowed both Prost and Senna to ease clear during the opening lap.[1]

Indeed, in a repeat of their performance from Canada the two McLarens worked together during the early stages, pulling out a sizeable lead. Behind, Berger would be forced to concede third to his teammate Alboreto by making an early stop, with the pair still being harassed by Piquet.

Senna would make his mid-race stop for tyres three laps earlier than Prost, and duly managed to take the lead as the Frenchman lost time with a sticking wheel.[1] The Brazilian subsequently established a small lead, although a gearbox issue for Senna saw his pace gradually drop off.[1]

Yet, Prost was still unable to make a move on his teammate, and would have to wait until the pair came to lap a stubborn Piquet to retake the lead.[1] Prost subsequently eased ahead as Senna's gearbox issues worsened, opening out a thirty second advantage before the end of the race.[1]

Indeed, there were no further changes to the order after Prost's pass, with the Frenchman extending his Championship lead with his fourth win of the season. Senna limped home in second, still half a minute ahead of Alboreto, with Berger, Piquet and Alessandro Nannini claiming the remaining points.

BackgroundEdit

Alain Prost had seen his lead reduced by teammate Ayrton Senna in Detroit last time out, although the Frenchman still held a healthy twelve point advantage. Those two were in a class of their own at the head of the field, with Senna fifteen clear of third placed Gerhard Berger, already making the Austrian an outsider for the Championship. Elsewhere, Thierry Boutsen had moved ahead of Nelson Piquet to claim fifth in Detroit, with fifteen drivers on the score board.

It was also pure domination in the Constructors' Championship, with McLaren-Honda having moved onto 78 points after their fourth one-two of the season in the US. They hence left Detroit with a 51 point lead, more than three races worth of points, with Ferrari still their largest threat in second. Elsewhere, Benetton-Ford Cosworth had moved ahead of Lotus-Honda on count-back, and hence claimed third, while Arrows-Megatron retained their spot in the top five.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1988 French 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 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 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 188 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:08.171 1:07.589
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:08.456 1:08.067 +0.478s
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:09.032 1:08.282 +0.693s
4 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:09.624 1:09.422 +1.833s
5 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:11.170 1:09.587 +1.998s
6 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:10.743 1:09.718 +2.129s
7 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:09.734 1:09.900 +2.145s
8 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:11.394 1:10.250 +2.661s
9 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1:11.112 1:10.337 +2.748d
10 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Judd 1:11.779 1:10.496 +2.907s
11 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:11.339 1:10.634 +3.045s
12 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 1:11.854 1:10.861 +3.272s
13 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:11.567 1:10.979 +3.390s
14 36 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 1:13.144 1:11.211 +3.622s
15 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1:11.671 1:11.286 +3.697s
16 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom March-Judd 1:11.315 1:11.404 +3.726s
17 14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:12.004 1:11.466 +3.877s
18 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:12.286 1:11.511 +3.922s
19 29 France Yannick Dalmas France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:12.547 1:11.747 +4.158s
20 33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 1:12.997 1:12.007 +4.418s
21 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany Zakspeed 1:13.527 1:12.026 +4.437s
22 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:13.039 1:12.268 +4.679s
23 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:13.063 1:12.316 +4.727s
24 21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella 1:13.037 1:12.406 +4.817s
25 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:12.938 1:12.525 +4.936s
26 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 1:13.888 1:12.538 +4.949s
DNQ 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Judd 1:12.654 1:12.736 +5.065s
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:13.839 1:12.697 +5.108s
DNQ 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier-Judd 1:13.629 1:12.801 +5.212s
EXC* 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Zakspeed 1:14.797 1:12.121 +4.332s
DNPQ 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth 1:14.214
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.
  • * Ghinzani was excluded from the results of qualifying after missing a weight-check.[6]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Alain Prost
Ayrton Senna ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Gerhard Berger
Michele Alboreto ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Thierry Boutsen
Alessandro Nannini ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Nelson Piquet
Satoru Nakajima ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Nigel Mansell
Ivan Capelli ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Derek Warwick
Andrea de Cesaris ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Eddie Cheever
Alex Caffi ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Riccardo Patrese
Maurício Gugelmin ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Philippe Streiff
Philippe Alliot ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Yannick Dalmas
Stefano Modena ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Bernd Schneider
Pierluigi Martini ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Jonathan Palmer
Nicola Larini ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Luis Pérez-Sala
Oscar Larrauri ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 80 1:37:37.328 1 9
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 80 +31.752s 2 6
3 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 80 +1:06.505 4 4
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 79 +1 Lap 3 3
5 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 79 +1 Lap 7 2
6 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 79 +1 Lap 6 1
7 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 79 +1 Lap 8
8 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom March-Judd 79 +1 Lap 16
9 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Judd 79 +1 Lap 10
10 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 78 +2 Laps 12
11 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 78 +2 Laps 13
12 36 Italy Ivan Capelli Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 78 +2 Laps 14
13 29 France Yannick Dalmas France Lola-Ford Cosworth 78 +2 Laps 19
14 33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 77 +3 Laps 20
15 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 77 +3 Laps 22
NC* 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 70 +10 Laps 25
Ret 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 64 Clutch 26
Ret 21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella 56 Halfshaft 24
Ret 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany Zakspeed 55 Gearbox 21
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Judd 48 Suspension 9
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 46 Electrical 18
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 40 Engine 23
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Judd 35 Brakes 15
Ret 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 28 Engine 5
Ret 14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS-Ford Cosworth 20 Fuel leak 17
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 11 Spin 11
DNQ 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Judd
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier-Judd
EXC 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Zakspeed
DNPQ 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Pérez-Sala was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Alain Prost once again managed to extend his Championship lead in France, with his fourth victory of the season moving him onto 54 points after seven races. Ayrton Senna was, unsurprisingly, his closest challenger, with the pair split by a fifteen point gap at the head of the field. Indeed, those two truly were in a class of their own, for third placed Gerhard Berger had slipped eighteen points behind Senna, and some 33 behind Prost.

In the Constructors' Championship it had been another incredibly good day for McLaren-Honda, with their fifth one-two of the campaign putting them onto 93 points. That translated into a crushing 59 point lead over second placed Ferrari, with the Italian outfit already looking at finishing the season in second. In truth, the Scuderia were a fairly comfortable second leaving France, with a twenty point lead over third placed Lotus-Honda.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 54
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 39
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 21
4 Italy Michele Alboreto 13 ▲2
5 Brazil Nelson Piquet 13
6 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 11 ▼2
7 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 8
8 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 5
9 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3
10 Italy Ivan Capelli 2
11 Italy Alessandro Nannini 2 ▲2
12 United States Eddie Cheever 1 ▼1
13 Japan Satoru Nakajima 1 ▼1
14 Italy Riccardo Patrese 1
15 Italy Pierluigi Martini 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 93
2 Italy Ferrari 34
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 14 ▲1
4 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 13 ▼1
5 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 9
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 5
7 West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 3
8 United Kingdom March-Judd 2
9 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1
10 United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'France 1988: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/france/engages.aspx, (Accessed 10/04/2019)
  3. 'French Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/533/france/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 10/04/2019)
  4. 'French Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/533/france/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 10/04/2019)
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 'France 1988: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/france/classement.aspx, (Accessed 10/04/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 '1988 French GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1988&gp=French%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 10/04/2019)
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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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