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The 1988 Mexican Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XII Gran Premio de Mexico, was the fourth round of the 1988 FIA Formula One World Championship staged at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City on the 29 May 1988.[2] The race would see Alain Prost claim another impressive victory for McLaren-Honda, having overcome teammate Ayrton Senna at the start.[2]

The weekend arrived amid rumours that Renault were seeking a return to F1, less than two years after they cancelled all of their projects in the series.[1] Indeed, they were actively courting Williams in hopes of returning in 1989, with a 3.5 litre V10 engine in the works at their Viry factory in France.[1]

Into the Mexican Grand Prix weekend itself and the McLaren-Hondas would again dominate qualifying, with Senna claiming pole by six tenths from teammate Prost.[2] Their closest challenger proved to be Gerhard Berger in the Ferrari, who was surprisingly close to Prost's best effort, in third.[2]

Qualifying was also marred by another huge accident at the Peraltada, although Philippe Alliot, the banked right-hander's latest victim, miraculously escaped unharmed.[2] Indeed, the Frenchman was able to take the start of the race on Sunday in spite of the accident, with Lola working through the night to rebuild his car.[2]

The original race start had to be aborted after Alessandro Nannini stalled, resulting in a lap being struck from the distance.[2] When the race did getaway a few minutes later it was Prost who aced his start, sprinting clear of teammate Senna as the Brazilian hit his boost limit.[2]

Indeed, the pop-off valve that acted as a restrictor on the turbocharged cars opened too early on Senna's car, and hence allowed Nelson Piquet to sweep through into second. Piquet also briefly entertained a lunge on Prost into turn one, although the Frenchman was able to swat that aside and pull clear over the rest of the opening lap.

Senna subsequently took Piquet on the run to the Peraltada on the opening tour, effectively ending the race there and then. Indeed, the two McLarens were soon out of sight, with Senna simply unable to catch teammate Prost who had pulled over two seconds clear on the first lap alone.

Piquet's hopes of finishing on the podium were dashed by a charging Berger, who even managed to catch Senna mid-race only to be incorrectly warned that he was low on fuel. Piquet subsequently retired to hand fourth to Michele Alboreto, while the two Arrows-Megatrons scrapped with the Benetton-Ford Cosworths over the remaining points.

A low thrills race would come to an end after an hour and a half, with Prost cruising across the line seven seconds clear of Senna, extending his Championship lead.[2] Berger was the only other man on the lead lap in third ahead of Alboreto, while Derek Warwick and Eddie Cheever defeated Thierry Boutsen and Nannini to claim fifth and sixth.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Victory for the second time in three races in Monte Carlo had left Alain Prost with a healthy ten point lead in the Championship, meaning the Frenchman could already afford to miss an entire weekend. Gerhard Berger, meanwhile, had moved up into second ahead of Ayrton Senna, while Nelson Piquet had retained fourth on the Mediterranean shores. The top five was then completed by Michele Alboreto, with eleven drivers in total on the board prior to the trip across the Atlantic.

In the Constructors' Championship, meanwhile, Ferrari had managed to chip into McLaren-Honda's lead last time out, although the Anglo-Japanese squad's advantage was still colossal. Indeed, McLaren-Honda were thirteen points ahead of the Scuderia at the end of the Monte Carlo weekend, with another significant gap back to third placed Lotus-Honda. Elsewhere, Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth and Williams-Judd had got onto the board, meaning seven teams had scored in the opening three rounds.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1988 Mexican 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 Spain Adrián Campos 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:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:17.468 1:17.666
2 11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:18.097 1:18.301 +0.629s
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:19.725 1:18.120 +0.652s
4 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:20.380 1:18.946 +1.478s
5 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:20.328 1:19.626 +2.158s
6 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:21.694 1:20.275 +2.807s
7 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:21.691 1:20.475 +3.007s
8 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:20.740 1:21.403 +3.272s
9 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:20.775 1:21.403 +3.307s
10 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Judd 1:22.335 1:21.952 +4.484s
11 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:22.164 1:22.029 +4.561s
12 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 1:22.864 1:22.245 +4.777s
13 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:22.348 1:22.557 +4.880s
14 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1:23.246 1:22.363 +4.895s
15 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany Zakspeed 1:24.335 1:22.642 +5.174s
16 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom March-Judd 1:22.801 5:30.133 +5.333s
17 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1:24.142 1:22.972 +5.511s
18 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Zakspeed 1:25.375 1:23.078 +5.610s
19 14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:23.191 1:23.750 +5.723s
20 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Judd 1:24.315 1:23.287 +5.819s
21 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth 1:24.662 1:23.603 +6.135s
22 29 France Yannick Dalmas France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:24.279 1:23.606 +6.138s
23 36 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 1:25.564 1:23.716 +6.248s
24 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier-Judd 1:25.277 1:23.721 +6.253s
25 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:23.911 1:23.857 +6.564s
26 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 1:23.405 1:24.032 +6.564s
DNQ 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:24.390 1:24.849 +6.922s
DNQ 21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella 1:24.405 1:24.849 +6.922s
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:25.525 1:25.231 +7.763s
DNQ 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:26.696 1:26.058 +8.590s
EXC* 33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth Excluded
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.
  • * Modena was excluded from the results of the weekend for using an illegal rear-wing.[7]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Ayrton Senna
Alain Prost ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Gerhard Berger
Nelson Piquet ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Michele Alboreto
Satoru Nakajima ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Eddie Cheever
Alessandro Nannini ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Derek Warwick
Ivan Capelli ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Thierry Boutsen
Andrea de Cesaris ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Philippe Alliot*
Nigel Mansell ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Bernd Schneider
Maurício Gugelmin ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Riccardo Patrese
Piercarlo Ghinzani ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Philippe Streiff
René Arnoux ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Gabriele Tarquini
Yannick Dalmas ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Alex Caffi
Stefan Johansson ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Luis Pérez-Sala
Oscar Larrauri ______________
  • * Alliot started the race from the back of the grid.[7]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 67 1:30:15.737 2 9
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 67 +7.104s 1 6
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 67 +57.314s 3 4
4 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 5 3
5 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 66 +1 Lap 9 2
6 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 66 +1 Lap 7 1
7 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 65 +2 Laps 8
8 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 64 +3 Laps 11
9 29 France Yannick Dalmas France Lola-Ford Cosworth 64 +3 Laps 22
10 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier-Judd 63 +4 Laps 24
11 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 63 +4 Laps 25
12 14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS-Ford Cosworth 63 +4 Laps 19
13 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 63 +4 Laps 26
14 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth 62 +5 Laps 21
15 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Zakspeed 61 +6 Laps 18
16 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Judd 61 +6 Laps 10
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 58 Engine 4
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 52 Gearbox 12
Ret 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 27 Engine 6
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Judd 20 Engine 14
Ret 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany Zakspeed 16 Engine 15
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Judd 16 Engine 17
Ret 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Judd 13 Accident 20
Ret 36 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 13 Brakes 23
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom March-Judd 10 Electrical 16
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 0 Suspension 13
DNQ 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth
EXC 33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth
Source:[7]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Another impressive victory for Alain Prost allowed the Frenchman to extend his Championship lead once again, leaving Mexico with 33 points to his name. Gerhard Berger remained his closest challenger, being the only other driver to score points in all four races in 1988, although the Austrian was already fifteen points behind. Ayrton Senna, meanwhile, had moved closer to Berger in third, although he was eighteen off of his Championship leading teammate.

In the Constructors' Championship it had been a very productive afternoon for McLaren-Honda, with a one-two finish putting them onto 48 points after four races. That left them some 21 points ahead of second placed Ferrari, with those two the only two teams in double figures with a quarter of the season gone. Best of the rest were Lotus-Honda in third, although they were level on points with Arrows-Megatron.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 33
2 Austria Gerhard Berger 18
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna 15
4 Italy Michele Alboreto 9 ▲1
5 Brazil Nelson Piquet 8 ▼1
6 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 8
7 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 3
8 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 2
9 United States Eddie Cheever 1 ▲3
10 Japan Satoru Nakajima 1 ▼1
11 Italy Alessandro Nannini 1 ▼1
12 Italy Riccardo Patrese 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 48
2 Italy Ferrari 27
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 9
4 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 9
5 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 4
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 2
7 United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 '4. Mexico 1988', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/mexique.aspx, (Accessed 09/04/2019)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 'Mexican GP, 1988', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr456.html, (Accessed 09/04/2019)
  3. 'Mexico 1988: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/mexique/engages.aspx, (Accessed 09/04/2019)
  4. 'Mexican Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/530/mexico/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 09/04/2019)
  5. 'Mexican Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/530/mexico/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 09/04/2019)
  6. 'Mexico 1988: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/mexique/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 09/04/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 'Mexico 1988: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/mexique/classement.aspx, (Accessed 09/04/2019)
  8. 8.0 8.1 '1988 Mexican GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1988&gp=Mexican%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 09/04/2019)
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 Mexico Mexican Grand Prix
Circuits Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez (1963-1970, 1986-1992, 2015-present)
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