The 1988 Hungarian Grand Prix, officially advertised as the IV POP 84 Magyar Nagydíj, was the tenth round of the 1988 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Hungaroring near Budapest on the 7 August 1988. The race would see Ayrton Senna claim his sixth victory of the season and the lead in the Championship, as McLaren-Honda teammate Alain Prost battled through the field.
Indeed, Senna had had a perfect start to the weekend, once again claiming pole position as teammate Prost only managed to claim seventh on the grid. Senna's closest challenger was a slight surprise, being in the form of Nigel Mansell and the #5 Williams-Judd, with non-turbo cars dominating the top ten on the tight, narrow circuit.
Off the line it was Mansell who made the best initial getaway, briefly launching ahead of Senna before the Brazilian's Honda engine catapulted him back ahead into the first corner. Mansell briefly entertained a challenge around the outside of the hairpin, although Senna was able to power away again and establish his lead.
With that the battle for the lead was over, although Mansell remained tucked in behind the McLaren as his teammate Riccardo Patrese watched on. Elsewhere, Prost had made a miserable getaway and dropped out of the top ten, although the Frenchman was able to battle back up to ninth before the end of the opening tour.
Mansell's hopes of victory were ended with a spin on lap twelve, the Brit having lost downforce when running too close to the back of Senna through turn seven. Patrese took over the charge only for his pace to falter with an engine issue, while Mansell rejoined behind a now fourth placed Prost.
Indeed, Prost would move through to second over the following laps, spending most of the second half of the race chasing teammate Senna. A series of fastest laps would carry the Frenchman onto the Brazilian's tail, with a daring move past Senna while lapping Yannick Dalmas and Gabriele Tarquini almost getting him into the lead.
That, however, was as close as Prost would come to taking victory, with a worsening vibration causing him to ease off in the closing stages. That allowed Thierry Boutsen to briefly challenge for second before the Frenchman managed to overcome the issue and ease clear.
With that the race was run, with Senna cruising home half a second clear of Prost to claim victory and the Championship lead. Boutsen was a lonely third, a minute clear of Berger, while Maurício Gugelmin and Riccardo Patrese claimed the remaining points.
Alain Prost had been left with a three point Championship 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 having moved 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 having left 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.
The full entry list for the 1988 Hungarian Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 1988 Hungarian Grand Prix are outlined below:
|3||20||Thierry Boutsen||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||1:30.780||1:27.970||+0.335s|
|5||19||Alessandro Nannini||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||1:29.779||1:28.493||+0.858s|
|10||36||Alex Caffi||Dallara-Ford Cosworth||1:32.887||1:29.891||+2.346s|
|11||24||Luis Pérez-Sala||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:33.494||1:30.103||+2.468s|
|16||23||Pierluigi Martini||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:33.597||1:31.123||+3.488s|
|17||29||Yannick Dalmas||Lola-Ford Cosworth||1:33.192||1:31.200||+3.565s|
|18||22||Andrea de Cesaris||Rial-Ford Cosworth||1:48.994||1:31.523||+3.888s|
|20||30||Philippe Alliot||Lola-Ford Cosworth||1:33.132||1:31.719||+4.084s|
|21||3||Jonathan Palmer||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||1:34.001||1:31.741||+4.106s|
|22||31||Gabriele Tarquini||Coloni-Ford Cosworth||1:35.991||1:32.160||+4.525s|
|23||14||Philippe Streiff||AGS-Ford Cosworth||1:32.973||1:32.265||+4.630s|
|26||33||Stefano Modena||EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth||1:35.389||1:32.614||+4.979s|
|DNQ||32||Oscar Larrauri||EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth||1:35.990||1:32.987||+5.352s|
|DNQ||4||Julian Bailey||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||1:35.693||1:33.694||+6.059s|
- 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.
|Andrea de Cesaris||______________|
The full results for the 1988 Hungarian Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- Tenth Grand Prix entry for Julian Bailey, Maurício Gugelmin, Luis Pérez-Sala and Bernd Schneider.
- Ayrton Senna recorded the 30th pole position for a Honda engine.
- Twelfth career victory for Senna.
- McLaren secured their 65th win as a constructor.
- Honda claimed their 37th win as an engine supplier.
- Alain Prost recorded his 25th fastest lap.
- This was also the 25th fastest lap recorded by a car with #11 as its race number.
Ayrton Senna moved into the lead of the Championship for the first time all season, having matched Alain Prost's 66 point tally. Indeed, the Brazilian was technically ahead of his teammate on count-back, holding six wins to the Frenchman's four after ten races, with both set to take dropped scores later on in the campaign. Best of the rest was still Gerhard Berger in third, although with a 38 point gap between himself and the leaders the Austrian was resigned to finishing there.
In the Constructors' Championship, meanwhile, the Hungarian Grand Prix had been another McLaren-Honda benefit, with their seventh one-two of the season leaving them on 132 points. That, in turn, meant that the Anglo-Japanese alliance had moved 88 points clear of second placed Ferrari, and hence meant that McLaren-Honda could claim the crown with five races to go at the following race Belgium. Indeed, the Scuderia would have to take a one-two, with McLaren failing to finish sixth or higher, just to keep the title "fight" alive beyond the trip to Spa.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
Images and Videos:
- ↑ 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 'Hungarian GP, 1988', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr462.html, (Accessed 11/04/2019)
- ↑ 'Germany 1988: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/allemagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 10/04/2019)
- ↑ 'Pop 84 Hungarian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/536/hungary/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 11/04/2019)
- ↑ 'Pop 84 Hungarian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/536/hungary/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 11/04/2019)
- ↑ 'Hungary 1988: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/hongrie/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 11/04/2019)
- ↑ 'Hungary 1988: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/hongrie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 11/04/2019)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 '1988 Hungarian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1988&gp=Hungarian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 11/04/2019)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 '10. Hungary 1988', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/hongrie.aspx, (Accessed 11/04/2019)
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