The 46e Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco, otherwise known as the 1986 Monaco Grand Prix, was the third round of the 1988 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Monaco on the 15 May 1988. The race would see Alain Prost inherit an unlikely victory after a poor start, as teammate Ayrton Senna embarrassingly crashed in the closing stages while holding a big lead.
It was Senna who dominated during qualifying, beating teammate Prost by 1.427 seconds to claim pole position. Another huge gap then followed before the appearance of Gerhard Berger in third, with the Austrian's Ferrari some 2.687 seconds off of Senna's pole time.
The start of the race would see Senna dart into an instant lead, aided by the fact that Prost missed a gear change. The Frenchman therefore dropped behind Berger's Ferrari on the run to Sainte Devote, allowing Senna to escape up the road.
Indeed, Senna put in a series of crushing laps during the opening stages, with Prost unable to find a way past Berger. Indeed, the Frenchman would briefly be threatened by Berger's teammate Michele Alboreto in his search to grab second, although he and Berger would eventually pull clear of the Italian.
Elsewhere, Nigel Mansell would battle with Alboreto for fourth in the Williams-Judd, and duly eased ahead of the Ferrari as Berger and Prost battled ahead. World Champion Nelson Piquet, meanwhile, would become an early retirement after a clash with Eddie Cheever, while a promising run for Alessandro Nannini in sixth was curtailed by a gearbox failure.
Indeed, barring accident or incident there would be no changes to the order until lap 54, when Prost finally elbowed his way past Berger at Sainte Devote. The Frenchman duly charged away to catch Senna, although with 50 seconds between himself and the Brazilian there was little hope of him doing so.
Senna duly upped his pace in response to Prost's move into second, resulting in boss Ron Dennis radioing him to tell him to slow down with eleven laps to go. Unfortunately for the McLaren-Honda team that call came too late, for Senna would smash into the barriers at Portier all on his own, with a disconsolate Brazilian duly walking back to his Monaco apartment.
Prost, meanwhile, was left to cruise through to claim the race win, twenty seconds clear of Berger in second. The Austrian was followed across the line by teammate Alboreto, who had elbowed Mansell into the barriers at the Swimming Pool mid-race, with Derek Warwick, Jonathan Palmer and Riccardo Patrese securing the rest of the points.
Alain Prost had seen his Championship lead grow last time out in San Marino, moving six clear of his second placed teammate Ayrton Senna. Indeed, the Brazilian's victory in Imola had catapulted him right up to the front of the field, ahead of Gerhard Berger and Nelson Piquet, while Thierry Boutsen completed the top five. Derek Warwick, Michele Alboreto, Alessandro Nannini and Satoru Nakajima were the other early-season scorers.
In the Constructors' Championship it was, unsurprisingly, McLaren-Honda that led the charge arriving in Monte Carlo, having already established a fourteen point lead. Indeed, Ferrari were the only team within a race weekend's worth of points of the Anglo-Japanese squad, and just a point ahead of third placed Lotus-Honda. Benetton-Ford Cosworth, meanwhile, had moved ahead of Arrows-Megatron, with those five constructors the only scorers prior to the trip to Monaco.
The full entry list for the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:
|6||19||Alessandro Nannini||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||1:29.093||1:27.869||+3.871s|
|10||3||Jonathan Palmer||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||1:30.679||1:28.358||+4.360s|
|12||14||Philippe Streiff||AGS-Ford Cosworth||1:29.597||1:28.527||+4.529s|
|13||30||Philippe Alliot||Lola-Ford Cosworth||1:31.375||1:28.536||+4.538s|
|15||24||Luis Pérez-Sala||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:31.662||1:28.625||+4.627s|
|16||20||Thierry Boutsen||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||1:29.539||1:28.640||+4.642s|
|17||36||Alex Caffi||Dallara-Ford Cosworth||1:33.691||1:29.075||+5.077s|
|18||32||Oscar Larrauri||EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth||1:31.861||1:29.093||+5.095s|
|19||22||Andrea de Cesaris||Rial-Ford Cosworth||1:33.183||1:29.298||+5.300s|
|21||29||Yannick Dalmas||Lola-Ford Cosworth||1:33.158||1:29.601||+5.603s|
|24||31||Gabriele Tarquini||Coloni-Ford Cosworth||1:32.792||1:30.252||+6.254s|
|DNQ||23||Adrián Campos||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:32.627||1:30.793||+6.795s|
|DNQ||4||Julian Bailey||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||1:34.192||1:30.816||+6.818s|
|EXC*||33||Stefano Modena||EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth||Excluded|
- 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 entire weekend after missing a weight check.
|20||Andrea de Cesaris|
- * Arnoux would start the race from the pit lane.
The full results for the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- 20th entry for Alex Caffi.
- 30th victory for Alain Prost.
- McLaren secured their 58th win as a constructor.
- Michele Alboreto secured his twentieth podium finish.
- Ayrton Senna recorded the 40th fastest lap set by a McLaren chassis.
Victory for the second time in three races 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 retained fourth. The top five was then completed by Michele Alboreto, with eleven drivers in total already on the board.
In the Constructors' Championship, meanwhile, Ferrari had managed to chip into McLaren-Honda's lead, 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 weekend, with another significant gap back to third placed Lotus-Honda. Elsewhere, Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth and Williams-Judd were on the board, meaning seven teams had scored in the opening three rounds.
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 'Monaco GP, 1988', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr455.html, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
- ↑ 'Monaco 1988: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/monaco/engages.aspx, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
- ↑ 'Monaco Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/529/monaco/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
- ↑ 'Monaco Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/529/monaco/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
- ↑ 'Monaco 1988: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/monaco/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 'Monaco 1988: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/monaco/classement.aspx, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
- ↑ '1988 Monaco GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1988&gp=Monaco%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 '3. Monaco 1988', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/monaco.aspx, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
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