The 1988 Ferrari season was Ferrari's 39th season as a constructor. In a McLaren-dominated season, they were the only team to beat the British constructor in a race, which came in Italy, after the death of team founder Enzo Ferrari.
The distinctive red Ferrari's of Berger and Alboreto qualified for this race in fourth and sixth respectively. Berger set the fastest lap and finished second with Alboreto completing it in fifth, ensuring Ferrari would be immediate contenders for the Constructor's Championship.
The race, which was held almost a month after the death of Enzo Ferrari, proved to be an emotional affair for Ferrari. After the McLaren drivers filled the front row, they were set on having a perfect season and winning every race. However, it went the way of Ferrari. Alain Prost had retired early on in the race, and Ayrton Senna collided with Williams-Judd driver Jean-Louis Schlesser, enabling Gerhard Berger to win Ferrari's first race of the year as a fitting tribute to Enzo.