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The 1988 German Grand Prix, otherwise officially advertised as the L Mobil 1 Großer Preis von Deutschland, was the ninth round of the 1988 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, West Germany, on the 24 July 1988.[1] The race, which was the 50th German Grand Prix to be staged, would see Ayrton Senna claim victory on a wet but drying track.[1]

The annual trip to Germany had been heralded with the first news for the 1989 season, with Ferrari announcing that they had signed Nigel Mansell for the upcoming campaign.[2] Williams were quick to find a replacement, hiring Thierry Boutsen from Benetton-Ford Cosworth, while also inching closer to a deal to use Renault V10s for the new season.[2]

Qualifying would be staged in between a number of summer storms, although that was not enough to prevent Senna sweeping to pole, three tenths clear of teammate Alain Prost.[1] The Ferraris were best of the rest, Gerhard Berger ahead of Michele Alboreto, while Nelson Piquet was almost three seconds off the pace in fifth.[1]

Rain greeted the field on race morning, although as the start time approached the rain cleared away to leave a drying circuit.[1] Ultimately, however, it was only Piquet who gambled on starting with slick tyres, everyone else playing safe with wets.[1]

That proved to be a poor move at the start, with Piquet tumbling down the order as Senna sprinted into the lead.[1] Prost would also make a poor get away and dropped behind Berger and a fast starting Alessandro Nannini, leaving him fourth as the field plunged into the forest.[1]

Senna would dance away at the head of the field during the opening laps, leaving Prost to battle his way back up to second by the end of the twelve.[1] The Frenchman would also ease away from the back in a vein attempt to catch his Brazilian teammate, leaving Berger and Nannini to scrap for third.[1]

Indeed, the race soon settled after that point, with the only major changes to the order coming through accident or mishap.[1] Senna was hence left unopposed to claim his fifth win of the season, while teammate Prost survived a late spin to secure second and retain his lead in the Championship.[1]

Third would go to Berger, albeit after Nannini had to make a late stop with a broken throttle bracket.[1] Alboreto hence inherited fourth ahead of Ivan Capelli, while Boutsen secured sixth in his Benetton.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Victory for Ayrton Senna last time out in Britain had seen the Brazilian close the gap to Championship leading teammate Alain Prost, with the Frenchman having failed to score for the first time all season. Indeed, Senna had moved onto 48 points with his fourth win of the season, leaving him six off of Prost's tally at the halfway point of the season. Those two were the only drivers realistically in the hunt for the crown as the field arrived in Germany, with Gerhard Berger having continued to lose ground in third.

McLaren-Honda had ended the first half of the season having passed the century mark in the Constructors' Championship, leaving the UK with 102 points. Ferrari were still their closest "challengers", although they had slipped 68 points behind at Silverstone, the equivalent of four and a half races worth of points. Benetton-Ford Cosworth were even further back in third, a point ahead of Lotus-Honda in fourth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1988 German 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 Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives 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 F1/87/88C Ferrari 033E 1.5 V6t G
28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari F1/87/88C Ferrari 033E 1.5 V6t G
29 France Yannick Dalmas 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 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 F188 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

Pre-QualifyingEdit

ReportEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:44.596 1:50.002
2 11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:44.873 1:45.868 +0.277s
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:46.115 1:46.431 +1.519s
4 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:47.154 1:47.418 +2.558s
5 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:47.702 1:47.681 +3.085s
6 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:48.223 1:48.208 +3.612s
7 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Judd 1:48.703 1:49.750 +4.107s
8 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:49.359 1:48.781 +4.185s
9 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:48.837 1:49.966 +4.241s
10 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom March-Judd 1:49.511 1:49.645 +4.915s
11 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1:49.850 1:50.673 +5.254s
12 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:50.459 1:50.770 +5.863s
13 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1:51.105 1:50.719 +6.213s
14 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 1:51.004 1:51.859 +6.408s
15 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:51.385 1:51.171 +6.575s
16 14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS-Cosworth 1:52.348 1:51.642 +7.046s
17 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Judd 1:54.139 1:52.080 +7.484s
18 21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella 1:52.203 1:52.168 +7.572s
19 36 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 1:52.469 1:52.277 +7.681s
20 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:52.293 1:52.629 +7.697s
21 29 France Yannick Dalmas France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:52.795 1:52.436 +7.840s
22 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany Zakspeed 1:52.696 1:52.664 +8.068s
23 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Zakspeed 1:52.674 1:57.241 +8.078s
24 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:53.238 1:52.908 +8.312s
25 33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 1:52.998 1:53.904 +8.312s
26 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 1:53.832 1:53.043 +8.447s
DNQ 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:53.356 1:53.673 +8.760s
DNQ 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier-Judd 1:54.717 1:53.507 +8.911s
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:53.674 1:53.576 +8.980s
DNQ 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:53.720 1:53.596 +9.000s
DNPQ 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth 1:54.717
Source:[4][5][6]

GridEdit

The full starting grid for the 1988 German Grand Prix is outlined below:

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 44 1:32:54.188 1 9
2 11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 44 +13.609s 2 6
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 44 +52.095s 3 4
4 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 44 +1:40.912 4 3
5 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Judd 44 +1:40.912 7 2
6 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 43 +1 lap 9 1
7 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 43 +1 lap 12
8 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom March-Judd 43 +1 lap 10
9 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 43 +1 lap 8
10 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 43 +1 lap 15
11 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 43 +1 lap 24
12 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany Zakspeed 43 +1 lap 22
13 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 42 +2 laps 14
14 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Zakspeed 42 +2 laps 23
15 36 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 42 +2 laps 19
16 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 42 +2 laps 26
17 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Judd 41 +3 laps 17
18 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 40 +4 laps 6
19* 29 France Yannick Dalmas France Lola-Ford Cosworth 39 Clutch 21
Ret 14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS-Cosworth 38 Throttle 16
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Judd 34 Accident 13
Ret 21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella 27 Electronics 18
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Judd 16 Spin 11
Ret 33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 15 Ignition 25
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 8 Accident 20
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1 Accident 5
DNQ 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier-Judd
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth
DNPQ 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth
Source:[7]
  • * Dalmas was still classified despite retiring as he had complete 90% of the race distance.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Alain Prost was left with a three point lead at the end of the German Grand Prix, second place in Germany having moved the Frenchman onto 60 points. Ayrton Senna was, however, the man in form, with his fifth victory of the campaign moving him onto 57 points and a major threat for the crown. Best of the rest was still Gerhard Berger in third, although he had slipped 32 points behind Senna in the hunt for the title.

The Constructors' Championship, meanwhile, was effectively over in Germany, with McLaren-Honda leaving Germany with a 76 point lead. Indeed, their tally of 117 was almost three times that of second placed Ferrari, who were instead focusing on finishing the season as close to the Anglo-Japanese squad as possible, rather than truly challenging. They were, however, a safe second heading into the second half of the season, with Benetton-Ford Cosworth and Lotus-Honda having lost more ground behind.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 60
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 57
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 25
4 Italy Michele Alboreto 16 ▲1
5 Brazil Nelson Piquet 15 ▼1
6 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 12
7 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 9
8 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 6
9 Italy Alessandro Nannini 6
10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 5
11 Italy Ivan Capelli 4 ▲2
12 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin 3 ▼1
13 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3 ▼1
14 United States Eddie Cheever 1
15 Japan Satoru Nakajima 1
16 Italy Riccardo Patrese 1
17 Italy Pierluigi Martini 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 117
2 Italy Ferrari 41
3 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 18
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 16
5 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 10
6 United Kingdom Williams-Judd 7
7 United Kingdom March-Judd 7
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.

1988 German GP

1988 German GP

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 'German GP, 1988', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr461.html, (Accessed 11/04/2019)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 '9. Germany 1988', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/allemagne.aspx, (Accessed 11/04/2019)
  3. 'Germany 1988: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/allemagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 10/04/2019)
  4. 'Mobil German Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/535/germany/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 11/04/2019)
  5. 'Mobil German Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/535/germany/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 11/04/2019)
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  7. 'Germany 1988: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/allemagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 11/04/2019)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 '1988 German GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1988&gp=German%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 11/04/2019)
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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
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