The 1988 McLaren season was McLaren's 23rd season as a constructor. It was one of McLaren's best seasons, winning 15 out of 16 races on the calendar. Ayrton Senna won his first Drivers' Championship for the team.
Prost won, beating Berger and Senna was disqualified for changing cars. Piquet, the reigning World Champion, came home third in his first drive for Lotus, on the circuit now bearing his name.
Senna had his first win of the year, leading home a McLaren 1-2.
It all went wrong for Senna whilst leading in Monaco. After having dominated the race weekend from the beginning, the Brazilian crashed out of the race whilst looking set for a Grand Chelem, and that meant the race was won, for the 4th time in 5 years, by Prost.
Prost won from Senna.
Senna won from Prost.
Senna won his second race in a row.
Prost won from pole in his home race, marking a fourth consecutive 1-2 finish for the British team.
In the race, Prost retired on lap 24 claiming handling problems of his McLaren. It marked only the second time this year that a McLaren retired, following Senna's shunt in Monaco. Here, Senna led home Nigel Mansell.
McLaren recorded yet another 1-2 with a Senna victory.
McLaren recorded their second consecutive 1-2 finish in as many races, and the third consecutive win by Senna.
McLaren recorded their seventh 1-2 finish in eight races, and saw their fourth consecutive Senna victory.
McLaren's winning run came to an end when Prost retired and Senna collided with Jean-Louis Schlesser, allowing Gerhard Berger to win for Ferrari. It was the only time in 1988 that McLaren lost a race.
Despite the setback of losing in Italy, Prost won from pole position, but Senna could only finish sixth.
Prost sealed his 34th career victory with a fastest lap record and Mansell gaining his 2nd second-place of the year from just two finishes.
The team recorded their ninth 1-2 finish of the season, led by Senna. With victory in the race, Senna clinched the World Championship.
McLaren ended the year with their 10th 1-2 finish of the season.