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The 1988 Japanese Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XIV Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix (XIV Fujiterebi Nipponguranpuri in Japanese), was the fifteenth and penultimate round of the 1988 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan, on the 30 October 1988.[1] The race would see Ayrton Senna secure victory and his first World Championship title, as point scoring rules made it impossible for rival Alain Prost to beat his tally.[1]

Qualifying had seen Senna emerge ahead of Prost in their usual fight for pole position, with McLaren-Honda claiming another front-row lockout.[1] Best of the rest proved to be Gerhard Berger in third for Ferrari, while Ivan Capelli was a surprisingly strong fourth in his March-Judd, the best of the naturally aspirated cars.[1]

Senna stalled his car at the start of the race, although due to the camber of the Suzuka circuit was effectively able to bump-start his McLaren.[1] He hence tumbled down to fourteenth as he scrambled into action, as teammate Prost entered the first corner in an unopposed lead.[1]

Prost was initially able to escape up the road from Berger, although the Austrian soon slipped behind Capelli who duly went chasing off after Prost.[1] Senna, meanwhile, would quickly carve his way back into the top end of the field, grabbing fourth behind Berger as the field completed the fourth lap.[1]

Rain began to fall on Suzuka as the race ticked past the fourteenth lap, allowing Capelli to sweep into the lead on lap sixteen.[2] That move meant that Capelli became the first driver to lead a race in a non-turbo charged car since the 1983 Detroit Grand Prix.[2]

Unfortunately for Capelli his lead was not to last, with Prost powering back past as they came to the end of the start/finish straight a few moments later.[1] Capelli's hopes would subsequently expire a few laps later with an electrical failure, leaving Prost on his own out front.[1]

However, all was not well with Prost's McLaren, with the Frenchman having picked up a worsening gearbox issue shortly before his fight with Capelli.[1] This allowed Senna to sweep onto his tail with ease, and duly claimed the lead as the pair lapped Andrea de Cesaris.[1]

With that the race, and ultimately Championship, was run, with Senna dancing away to claim victory with a succession of fastest laps.[1] Prost claimed second thirteen seconds behind, while Thierry Boutsen survived well to claim third ahead of a distant Berger.[1]

Because of the dropped score rule used in 1988, Prost effectively scored no points in Japan, and could only claim three, with victory, in Australia.[1] That would only draw him level with Senna if the Brazilian failed to score, with the Brazilian holding eight wins to the Frenchman's seven, ensuring Senna would win on count-back.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Surprisingly there had been no change in the situation at the head of the Championship after the Spanish Grand Prix, with dropped scores coming into play. As such, Alain Prost only gained three points for his sixth victory of the season, by virtue of losing a second place worth six points from earlier in the campaign. That meant that Ayrton Senna, who would also begin losing old scores in Japan, had effectively lost no ground in Spain, in spite of finishing fourth.

Furthermore, the Brazilian racer could take the title in Japan, if he claimed victory at Suzuka. That would leave him three ahead of Prost, with the Frenchman only able to match his tally, before losing the title on count-back with seven wins to the Brazilian's eight. Conversely, Prost was unable to take the title in Japan, for he could only move eight clear of the Brazilian.

In the Constructors' Championship, meanwhile, it had been yet another strong weekend for McLaren-Honda, with the Anglo-Japanese alliance moving 107 points clear. Indeed, Ferrari had all but secured second in Spain in spite of the colossal gap to the leaders, moving 24 points clear with 30 left to fight for. Benetton-Ford Cosworth were the only team capable of beating them to the runner-up spot, with an eighteen point gap separating them from Arrows-Megatron in fourth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1988 Japanese 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 Japan Aguri Suzuki 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 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:42.157 1:41.853
2 11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:43.806 1:42.177 +0.324s
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:43.548 1:43.353 +1.500s
4 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Judd 1:44.583 1:43.605 +1.752s
5 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:45.171 1:43.693 +1.840s
6 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:45.156 1:43.693 +1.840s
7 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:46.915 1:43.816 +1.963s
8 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1:44.448 1:43.893 +2.040s
9 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:44.909 1:43.972 +2.119s
10 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:44.882 1:44.499 +2.686s
11 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1:45.510 1:44.555 +2.702s
12 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:45.047 1:44.611 +2.758s
13 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom March-Judd 1:45.138 1:45.156 +3.285s
14 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 1:48.393 1:45.558 +3.705s
15 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:45.845 1:46.189 +3.992s
16 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:47.828 1:45.916 +4.063s
17 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:47.638 1:46.449 +4.596s
18 14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:47.583 1:46.486 +4.633s
19 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:47.057 1:46.521 +4.668s
20 29 Japan Aguri Suzuki France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:48.448 1:46.920 +5.067s
21 36 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 1:47.813 1:46.982 +5.129s
22 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:48.769 1:47.134 +5.281s
23 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Judd 1:49.165 1:47.193 +5.340s
24 21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella 1:48.706 1:47.547 +5.694s
25 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany Zakspeed 1:49.897 1:47.599 +5.746s
26 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:49.420 1:48.589 +6.736s
DNQ 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier-Judd 1:49.127 1:48.716 +6.863s
DNQ 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 1:50.224 1:49.265 +7.412s
DNQ 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Zakspeed 1:49.706 1:50.550 +7.853s
DNQ 33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 1:49.812 1:50.047 +7.959s
DNPQ 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth 1:52.234
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 ______________
Gerhard Berger 4
______________ Ivan Capelli
Row 3 5 ______________
Nelson Piquet 6
______________ Satoru Nakajima
Row 4 7 ______________
Derek Warwick 8
______________ Nigel Mansell
Row 5 9 ______________
Michele Alboreto 10
______________ Thierry Boutsen
Row 6 11 ______________
Riccardo Patrese 12
______________ Alessandro Nannini
Row 7 13 ______________
Maurício Gugelmin 14
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 8 15 ______________
Eddie Cheever 16
______________ Jonathan Palmer
Row 9 17 ______________
Pierluigi Martini 18
______________ Philippe Streiff
Row 10 19 ______________
Philippe Alliot 20
______________ Aguri Suzuki
Row 11 21 ______________
Alex Caffi 22
______________ Luis Pérez-Sala
Row 12 23 ______________
René Arnoux 24
______________ Nicola Larini
Row 13 25 ______________
Bernd Schneider 26
______________ Julian Bailey

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 51 1:33:26.173 1 9
2 11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 51 + 13.363s 2 6
3 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 51 + 36.109s 10 4
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 51 + 1:26.714 3 3
5 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 51 + 1:30.603 12 2
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Judd 51 + 1:37.615 11 1
7 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 50 + 1 Lap 6
8 14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS-Ford Cosworth 50 + 1 Lap 18
9 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford Cosworth 50 + 1 Lap 19
10 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom March-Judd 50 + 1 Lap 13
11 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 50 + 1 Lap 9
12 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 50 + 1 Lap 16
13 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 49 + 2 Laps 17
14 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 49 + 2 Laps 26
15 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 49 + 2 Laps 22
16 29 Japan Aguri Suzuki United Kingdom Lola-Ford Cosworth 48 + 3 Laps 20
17 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Judd 48 + 3 Laps 23
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 36 Overheating 14
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 35 Ignition 15
Ret 21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella 34 Brakes 24
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 34 Driver ill 5
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Renault 24 Collision 8
Ret 36 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 22 Spun Off 21
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Judd 19 Electrical 4
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 16 Spun Off 7
Ret 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany Zakspeed 14 Driver unfit 25
DNQ 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier-Judd
DNQ 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Zakspeed
DNQ 33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth
DNPQ 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth
Source:[7]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

An eighth victory of the season 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, moving 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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Ayrton Senna 87 (88) ▲1
2 France Alain Prost 84 (96) ▼1
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 41
4 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 25 ▲1
5 Italy Michele Alboreto 24 ▼1
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet 18
7 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 17
8 Italy Ivan Capelli 16
9 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 12
10 Italy Alessandro Nannini 12
11 United States Eddie Cheever 6
12 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin 5
13 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 5
14 Italy Riccardo Patrese 5
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 184
2 Italy Ferrari 65
3 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 37
4 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 23
5 United Kingdom March-Judd 21
6 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 19
7 United Kingdom Williams-Judd 17
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:

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 '15. Japan 1988', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/japon.aspx, (Accessed 15/04/2019)
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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
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
V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
SuzukaCircuit2005
Races 197619771978–1986 • 19871988198919901991199219931994 • 1995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
See also Pacific Grand Prix
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