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The 1988 San Marino Grand Prix, otherwise known as the VIII Kronenbourg Gran Premio di San Marino, was the second round of the 1988 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy, on the 1 May 1988.[1] The race would see Ayrton Senna lead home a dominant one-two victory for McLaren-Honda, as the he and teammate Alain Prost lapped everyone else in the field.[1]

Senna had been the quicker during qualifying, grabbing pole position by over-three quarters of a second from Prost.[1] A huge 2.6 second gap then appeared before the third fastest car, with Nelson Piquet putting the similarly powered Lotus ahead Alessandro Nannini in the first of the Benetton-Ford Cosworths.[1]

Senna duly sprinted away at the start of the race, while Prost let the revs of his Honda engine dip too low, and hence comparatively crawled off the line.[1] He duly tumbled down to seventh, with Piquet trying in vain to keep Senna in sight during the opening tour.[1]

Indeed, the young Brazilian was quick to build a lead at the head of the field, leaving all of the attention on Prost during the early stages.[1] Indeed, Prost, having turned his boost-pressure up to max, would carve his way up the field back to second by lap eight, having danced his McLaren past Piquet's Lotus at Tosa.[1]

Prost subsequently went sprinting off after his teammate, although having used more boost pressure than expected he would be forced to conserve fuel for the rest of the race. Piquet, meanwhile, became something of a bottle neck, with the Brazilian's Lotus not handling as expected but having enough power to keep the Benettons, Gerhard Berger and the two Williams behind.

Indeed, Piquet's lack of overall performance was particularly beneficial to Nigel Mansell, who was able to leap through the Piquet train to challenge the Brazilian for third in the under-powered Williams-Judd. He would also manage to squeeze past the Lotus at Rivazza, although a loss of oil pressure a few seconds later allowed Piquet to scramble back ahead.

Alessandro Nannini was the next to challenge Piquet, although a clash of wheels at Tosa sent the Italian spinning down to seventh. His Benetton teammate Thierry Boutsen the took over the fight, just as the pair were lapped by the flying McLarens out front.

There would, however, be no changes to the order out front in the closing stages, with Senna cruising home two seconds clear of Prost in second.[1] In truth the pair, who both pulled to a stop immediately after the finish line, were extremely low on fuel as they crossed the line, but made it home regardless.[1]

Third, meanwhile, would go to a frustrated Piquet, who just kept Boutsen at bay with his turbo power.[1] Berger, meanwhile, would controversially claim fifth, cutting the Acqua Minerale chicane to pass Nannini on the final lap, with the Italian himself a very annoyed sixth.[1]

BackgroundEdit

An opening day victory in Brazil had unsurprisingly left Alain Prost at the head of the Championship, three ahead of second placed finisher Gerhard Berger. Defending World Champion Nelson Piquet, meanwhile, had opened his title defence with a third place finish, while Derek Warwick, Michele Alboreto and Satoru Nakajima had secured their first points of the campaign at the opening round.

Prost's Brazilian victory had left McLaren-Honda atop the Constructors' Championship after the opening race, albeit just a point ahead of Ferrari in second. Indeed, Ferrari were one of two teams to claim two points finishes at the season opener, the other being third placed Lotus-Honda, meaning they were both closer to the leaders than they otherwise would have been. Arrows-Megatron were the only other scorers in fourth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1988 San Marino 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:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:41.278 1:27.148
2 11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:41.597 1:27.919 +0.771s
3 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:44.806 1:30.500 +3.352s
4 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:45.090 1:30.590 +3.442s
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:43.394 1:30.683 +3.535s
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1:45.673 1:30.952 +3.804s
7 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:48.399 1:31.300 +4.152s
8 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:31.414 +3.993s
9 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Judd 1:47.518 1:31.519 +4.317s
10 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:45.982 1:31.520 +4.372s
11 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Judd 1:45.616 1:31.635 +4.487s
12 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:47.399 1:31.647 +4.499s
13 14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:47.465 1:32.013 +4.865s
14 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:49.081 1:32.483 +5.335s
15 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:47.215 1:32.712 +5.564s
16 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 1:33.037 +5.889s
17 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth 1:48.146 1:33.236 +6.088s
18 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:49.211 1:33.239 +6.091s
19 29 France Yannick Dalmas France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:46.062 1:33.374 +6.226s
20 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom March-Judd 1:49.306 1:33.448 +6.300s
21 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:33.874 +6.726s
22 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:49.012 1:33.903 +6.755s
23 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:47.265 1:33.972 +6.824s
24 36 Italy Alex Caffi United Kingdom Dallara-Ford Cosworth 1:48.156 1:34.204 +7.056s
25 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Zakspeed 1:48.463 1:34.567 +7.419s
26 33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 1:48.466 1:34.782 +7.634s
DNQ 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 1:54.566 1:35.077 +7.929s
DNQ 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier-Judd 1:43.633 1:35.654 +8.506s
DNQ 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Judd 1:49.054 1:36.123 +8.975s
DNQ 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany Zakspeed 1:51.498 1:36.128 +9.070s
EXC* 21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella Excluded
Source:[3][4][5]
  • 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.
  • * Larini was excluded from the weekend after his car failed pre-race scrutineering.[6]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Ayrton Senna 2
______________ Alain Prost
Row 2 3 ______________
Nelson Piquet 4
______________ Alessandro Nannini
Row 3 5 ______________
Gerhard Berger 6
______________ Riccardo Patrese
Row 4 7 ______________
Eddie Cheever 8
______________ Thierry Boutsen
Row 5 9 ______________
Ivan Capelli 10
______________ Michele Alboreto*
Row 6 11 ______________
Nigel Mansell 12
______________ Satoru Nakajima
Row 7 13 ______________
Philippe Streiff 14
______________ Derek Warwick
Row 8 15 ______________
Philippe Alliot 16
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 9 17 ______________
Gabriele Tarquini 18
______________ Luis Pérez-Sala
Row 10 19 ______________
Yannick Dalmas 20
______________ Maurício Gugelmin
Row 11 21 ______________
Julian Bailey 22
______________ Adrián Campos
Row 12 23 ______________
Jonathan Palmer 24
______________ Alex Caffi
Row 13 25 ______________
Piercarlo Ghinzani 26
______________ Stefano Modena
  • * Alboreto would start from the back of the grid after stalling on the formation lap.[6]
  • de Cesaris started from the pit lane.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 60 1:32:41.264 1 9
2 11 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 60 +2.334s 2 6
3 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 59 +1 Lap 3 4
4 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 8 3
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 59 +1 Lap 5 2
6 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 4 1
7 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 59 +1 Lap 7
8 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 59 +1 Lap 12
9 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 58 +2 Laps 14
10 14 France Philippe Streiff France AGS-Ford Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 13
11 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 18
12 29 France Yannick Dalmas France Lola-Ford Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 19
13 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Judd 58 +2 Laps 6
14 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 23
15 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom March-Judd 58 +2 Laps 20
16 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 57 +3 Laps 22
17 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 57 +3 Laps 15
18* 27T Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 54 Engine 10
NC 33 Italy Stefano Modena Italy EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth 52 +8 Laps 26
Ret 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 48 Gearbox 21
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Judd 42 Engine 11
Ret 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth 40 Fuel system 17
Ret 36 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 18 Gearbox 24
Ret 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Zakspeed 16 Gearbox 25
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Judd 2 Gearbox 9
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris West Germany Rial-Ford Cosworth 1 Suspension 16
DNQ 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri United Kingdom EuroBrun-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson France Ligier-Judd
DNQ 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Judd
DNQ 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider West Germany Zakspeed
EXC 21 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Osella
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Alboreto was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]
  • Modena was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Alain Prost saw his Championship lead extended in San Marino, moving six clear of his now second placed teammate Ayrton Senna. Indeed, the Brazilian's victory had catapulted him straight into second, 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, and had 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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 15
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 9 ▲8
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 8 ▼1
4 Brazil Nelson Piquet 8 ▼1
5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 3 ▲2
6 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 3 ▼2
7 Italy Michele Alboreto 2 Template:-2
8 Japan Satoru Nakajima 1 ▼2
9 Italy Alessandro Nannini 1 ▲1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 24
2 Italy Ferrari 10
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 9
4 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 4 ▲1
5 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 3 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 'San Marino GP, 1988', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr454.html, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
  2. 'San Marino 1988: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/saint-marin/engages.aspx, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
  3. 'Kronenbourg San Marino Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/528/san-marino/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
  4. 'Kronenbourg San Marino Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1988/races/528/san-marino/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 'San Marino 1988: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/saint-marin/classement.aspx, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 '1988 San Marino GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1988&gp=San%20Marino%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 '2. San Marino 1988', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/saint-marin.aspx, (Accessed 08/04/2019)
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
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