1988 Formula One season

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The 1988 Formula One season was the 39th of the championship. The champion was Ayrton Senna in a close battle.

Drivers & Constructors[change | change source]

The following drivers and constructors competed in the 1988 season

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver
United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Honda Lotus Lotus 100T Honda G 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet
2 Japan Satoru Nakajima
United Kingdom Tyrell Racing Organization Tyrrell Tyrrell 017 Ford Cosworth G 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer
4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey
United Kingdom Williams Grand Prix Engineering WilliamsF1 Williams FW12 Judd G 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
United Kingdom Martin Brundle
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
6 Italy Riccardo Patrese
Germany Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed Zakspeed 881 Zakspeed G 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani
10 Germany Bernd Schneider
United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International Honda McLaren McLaren MP4/4 Honda G 11 Brazil Ayrton Senna
12 France Alain Prost
France Team AGS AGS AGS JH22
AGS JH23
Ford Cosworth G 14 France Philippe Streiff
United Kingdom Leyton House March Racing Team March March 881 Judd G 15 Brazil Mauricio Gugelmin
16 Italy Ivan Capelli
United Kingdom Arrows Racing Team Arrows Arrows A10B Megatron G 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick
18 United States Eddie Cheever
United Kingdom Benetton Formula Benetton Benetton B188 Ford Cosworth G 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini
20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen
Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella Osella FA1I
Osella FA1L
Osella G 21 Italy Nicola Larini
Germany Rial Racing Rial Rial ARC1 Ford Cosworth G 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris
Italy Minardi Team Minardi Minardi M188 Ford Cosworth G 23 Spain Adrian Campos
Italy Pierluigi Martini
24 Spain Luis Perez-Sala
France Equipe Ligier Ligier Ligier JS31 Judd G 25 France René Arnoux
26 Sweden Stefan Johansson
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari F187/88C Scuderia Ferrari G 27 Italy Michele Alboreto
28 Austria Gerhard Berger
France Larrousse & Calmels F1 Lola Lola LC88 Ford Cosworth G 29 France Yannick Dalmas
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Japan Aguri Suzuki
30 France Philippe Alliot
Italy Coloni Racing Coloni Coloni FC188
Coloni FC188B
Ford Cosworth G 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini
Italy Eurobrun Racing Euro Brun Euro Brun ER188 Ford Cosworth G 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri
33 Italy Stefano Modena
Italy Scuderia Italia Dallara Dallara 188 Ford Cosworth G 36 Italy Alex Caffi

Season review[change | change source]

Round Race Date Location Winning driver Constructor Report
1 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix April 3 Jacarepaguá France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Report
2 San Marino San Marino Grand Prix May 1 Imola Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
3 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix May 15 Monaco France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Report
4 Mexico Mexican Grand Prix May 29 Hermanos Rodríguez France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Report
5 Canada Canadian Grand Prix June 12 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
6 United States United States Grand Prix East June 19 Detroit Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
7 France French Grand Prix July 3 Paul Ricard France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Report
8 United Kingdom British Grand Prix July 10 Silverstone Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
9 Germany German Grand Prix July 24 Hockenheimring Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
10 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix August 7 Hungaroring Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
11 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix August 28 Spa-Francorchamps Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
12 Italy Italian Grand Prix September 11 Monza Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari Report
13 Portugal Portuguese Grand Prix September 25 Estoril France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Report
14 Spain Spanish Grand Prix October 2 Jerez France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Report
15 Japan Japanese Grand Prix October 30 Suzuka Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
16 Australia Australian Grand Prix November 13 Adelaide France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Report

1988 Constructors Championship final standings[change | change source]

Place Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Points Wins Podiums Poles
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda MP4/4 Honda RA186E G 199 15 25 15
2 Italy Ferrari F1-87/88C Ferrari 033E G 65 1 8 1
3 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford B188 Ford DFR G 39 7
4 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron A10B (BMW) Megatron M12/13 G 23 1
5 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 100T Honda RA186E G 23 3
6 United Kingdom March-Judd 881 Judd CV G 22 2
7 United Kingdom Williams-Judd FW12 Judd CV G 20 2
8 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 017 Ford DFZ G 5
9 Germany Rial-Ford ARC1 Ford DFZ G 3
10 Italy Minardi-Ford M188 Ford DFZ G 1
11 Germany Zakspeed 881
881B
Zakspeed 1500/4 G
12 Italy Coloni-Ford FC188
FC188B
Ford DFZ G
13 France Ligier-Judd JS31 Judd CV G
14 Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo FA1I
FA1L
Alfa Romeo 890T G
15 United Kingdom Lola-Ford LC88 Ford DFZ G
16 Italy Dallara-Ford 3087
F188
Ford DFV
Ford DFZ
G
17 France AGS-Ford JH23 Ford DFZ G
18 Italy Euro Brun-Ford ER188 Ford DFZ G

1988 Drivers Championship final standings[change | change source]

Pos Driver BRA
Brazil
SMR
San Marino
MON
Monaco
MEX
Mexico
CAN
Canada
USE
United States
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
Points[1]
1 Brazil Ayrton Senna DSQ 1 Ret 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 10 6 4 1 2 90 (94)*
2 France Alain Prost 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 Ret 2 2 2 Ret 1 1 2 1 87 (105)*
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 2 5 2 3 Ret Ret 4 9 3 4 Ret 1 Ret 6 4 Ret 41
4 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 7 4 8 8 3 3 Ret Ret 6 3 DSQ 6 3 9 3 5 27
5 Italy Michele Alboreto 5 18 3 4 Ret Ret 3 17 4 Ret Ret 2 5 Ret 11 Ret 24
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet 3 3 Ret Ret 4 Ret 5 5 Ret 8 4 Ret Ret 8 Ret 3 22
7 Italy Ivan Capelli Ret Ret 10 16 5 DNS 9 Ret 5 Ret 3 5 2 Ret Ret 6 17
8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 4 9 4 5 7 Ret Ret 6 7 Ret 5 4 4 Ret Ret Ret 17
9 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 12
10 Italy Alessandro Nannini Ret 6 Ret 7 Ret Ret 6 3 18 Ret DSQ 9 Ret 3 5 Ret 12
11 Italy Riccardo Patrese Ret 13 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 6 Ret 7 Ret 5 6 4 8
12 United States Eddie Cheever 8 7 Ret 6 Ret Ret 11 7 10 Ret 6 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6
13 Brazil Mauricio Gugelmin Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 4 8 5 Ret 8 Ret 7 10 Ret 5
14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Ret 14 5 DNQ 6 5 Ret Ret 11 Ret 12 DNQ Ret Ret 12 Ret 5
15 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 4 10 Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 3
16 Japan Satoru Nakajima 6 8 DNQ Ret 11 DNQ 7 10 9 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 1
17 Italy Pierluigi Martini 6 15 15 DNQ Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret 13 7 1
18 France Yannick Dalmas Ret 12 7 9 DNQ 7 13 13 19 9 Ret Ret Ret 11 0
19 Italy Alex Caffi DNPQ Ret Ret Ret 8 12 11 15 Ret 8 Ret 7 10 Ret Ret 0
20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 7 0
21 France Philippe Streiff Ret 10 Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret 9 Ret 8 11 0
22 Spain Luis Perez-Sala Ret 11 Ret 11 13 Ret NC Ret DNQ 10 DNQ Ret 8 12 15 Ret 0
23 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Ret Ret Ret 14 8 DNQ 13 Ret DNQ 11 DNQ 0
24 France Philippe Alliot Ret 17 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 14 Ret 12 9 Ret Ret 14 9 10 0
25 Sweden Stefan Johansson 9 DNQ Ret 10 Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret 11 DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 9 0
26 United Kingdom Julian Bailey DNQ Ret DNQ Ret 9 DNQ 16 DNQ DNQ DNQ 12 DNQ DNQ 14 DNQ 0
27 Italy Nicola Larini DNQ DSQ 9 DNQ DNQ Ret Ret 19 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret DNPQ 0
28 France René Arnoux Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ 18 17 Ret Ret 13 10 Ret 17 Ret 0
29 Italy Stefano Modena Ret NC DSQ DSQ 12 Ret 14 12 Ret 11 DNQ DNQ DNQ 13 DNQ Ret 0
30 France Jean-Louis Schlesser 11 0
31 Germany Bernd Schneider DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ 12 DNQ 13 Ret DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ 0
32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Ret DNQ Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret DNQ 16 DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret 0
33 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani DNQ Ret Ret 15 14 DNQ DSQ DNQ 14 DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret 0
34 Spain Adrián Campos Ret 16 DNQ DNQ 0
35 Japan Aguri Suzuki 16 0
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel DNQ 0
Pos Driver BRA
Brazil
SMR
San Marino
MON
Monaco
MEX
Mexico
CAN
Canada
USE
United States
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Not classified (NC)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Blank Did not participate
Injured (INJ)
Excluded (EX)
  • Only best 11 results counted toward the championship. Prost scored 105 points during the year, but only 87 points were counted toward the championship. Senna scored 94 points, with 90 points counted toward the championship. Thus, Senna became the World Champion, although he did not score most points over the course of the year.
Place Driver Number Country Points[1] Wins Podiums Poles
1 Brazil Ayrton Senna 12 Brazil 90 (94) 8 11 13
2 France Alain Prost 11 France 87 (105) 7 14 2
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 28 Austria 41 1 5 1
4 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 20 Belgium 27 5
5 Italy Michele Alboreto 27 Italy 24 3
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet 1 Brazil 22 3
7 Italy Ivan Capelli 16 Italy 17 2
8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 17 Britain 17
9 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 5 Britain 12 2
10 Italy Alessandro Nannini 19 Italy 12 2
11 Italy Riccardo Patrese 6 Italy 8
12 United States Eddie Cheever 18 USA 6 1
13 Brazil Mauricio Gugelmin 15 Brazil 5
14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 3 Britain 5
15 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 22 Italy 3
16 Japan Satoru Nakajima 2 Japan 1
17 Italy Pierluigi Martini 23 Italy 1
18 France Yannick Dalmas 29 France 0
19 Italy Alex Caffi 36 Italy 0
20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 5 Britain 0
21 France Philippe Streiff 14 France 0
22 Spain Luis Perez-Sala 24 Spain 0
23 Italy Gabriele Tarquini 31 Italy 0
24 France Philippe Alliot 30 France 0
25 Sweden Stefan Johansson 26 Sweden 0
26 United Kingdom Julian Bailey 4 Britain 0
27 Italy Nicola Larini 21 Italy 0
28 France René Arnoux 25 France 0
29 Italy Stefano Modena 33 Italy 0
30 France Jean-Louis Schlesser 5 France 0
31 Germany Bernd Schneider 10 Germany 0
32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri 32 Argentina 0
33 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani 9 Italy 0
34 Spain Adrián Campos 23 Spain 0
35 Japan Aguri Suzuki 29 Japan 0
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel 29 France 0

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Only the best 11 results counted towards the Drivers' Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.