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Alain Prost, 2009

Runner-up, Alain Prost (pictured in 2009)

Ayrton Senna 1988 Canada

The MP4/4, the car that lead McLaren to the 1988 World Constructors' Championship.

The 1988 Formula One season was the 39th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It began on April 3 and finished on November 13 after sixteen races. It was the final season where turbocharged engines were allowed, before their intended re-introduction in 2014.

The drivers' title was won by Ayrton Senna – his first title – after a season-long duel with McLaren-Honda teammate and then double world champion Alain Prost. Prost scored more points, but since not all results counted, Senna took the title, his best eleven results being better than Prost's. McLaren strode to the constructors' title, scoring more than three times the amount of points that second-placed Ferrari scored.

The McLaren car, the MP4/4, was absolutely dominant, allowing its drivers to win fifteen of the sixteen races. It would have been all sixteen, but for Jean-Louis Schlesser's accident with Senna at the Italian Grand Prix. At that race, Ferrari scored a 1–2, at the first Italian Grand Prix since the death of its founder, Enzo Ferrari.

Teams and DriversEdit

Entry listEdit

Constructor Chassis Tyre No. Driver Rounds Test/Reserve Drivers
Team Engine
Lotus-Honda 100T G 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet All
United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Honda Honda RA168E 1.5 V6T 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima All
Tyrrell-Ford 017 G 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer All
United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey All
Williams-Judd FW12 G 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 1–10, 13–16
United Kingdom Canon Williams Team Judd CV 3.5 V8 5 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 11
5 France Jean-Louis Schlesser 12
6 Italy Riccardo Patrese All
Zakspeed 881 G 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani All
Germany West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4T 10 Germany Bernd Schneider All
McLaren-Honda MP4/4 G 11 France Alain Prost All
United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren Honda RA168E 1.5 V6T 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna All
AGS-Cosworth JH22
JH23
G 14 France Philippe Streiff All
France Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8
March-Judd 881 G 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin All
United Kingdom Leyton House March Racing Team Judd CV 3.5 V8 16 Italy Ivan Capelli All
Arrows-Megatron A10B G 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick All
United Kingdom USF&G Arrows Megatron Megatron M12/13 1.5 L4T 18 United States Eddie Cheever All
Benetton-Ford B188 G 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini All
United Kingdom Benetton Formula Ltd Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen All
Osella FA1I
FA1L
G 21 Italy Nicola Larini All
Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella 890T 1.5 V8T
Rial-Ford Cosworth ARC1 G 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris All
Germany Rial Racing Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8
Minardi-Ford M188 G 23 Spain Adrián Campos 1–5
Italy Lois Minardi Team SpA Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini 6–16
24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala All
Ligier-Judd JS31 G 25 France René Arnoux All
France Ligier Loto Judd CV 3.5 V8 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson All
Ferrari F1/87/88C G 27 Italy Michele Alboreto All
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 033E 1.5 V6T 28 Austria Gerhard Berger All
Lola-Ford LC88 G 29 France Yannick Dalmas 1–14
France Larrousse Calmels Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 29 Japan Aguri Suzuki 15
29 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel 16
30 France Philippe Alliot All
Coloni-Ford Cosworth FC188
FC188B
G 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini All
Italy Coloni SpA Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8
EuroBrun-Ford ER188 G 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri All
Italy EuroBrun Racing Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 33 Italy Stefano Modena All
Dallara-Ford Cosworth 3087
188
G 36 Italy Alex Caffi All
Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8

Changes from last seasonEdit

Team changesEdit

Driver changesEdit

Mid-season ChangesEdit

Driver changesEdit

Driver StandingsEdit

Driver Placings
PosDriver Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Mexico Flag of Canada Flag of Detroit, Michigan Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia Pts
1st SennaDSQ1stRet2nd1st1st2nd1st1st1st1st10th6th4th1st2nd90 (94)
2nd Prost1st2nd1st1st2nd2nd1stRet2nd2nd2ndRet1st1st2nd1st87 (105)
3rd Berger2nd5th2nd3rdRetRet4th9th3rd4thRet1stRet6th4thRet41
4th Boutsen7th4th8th8th3rd3rdRetRet6th3rdDSQ6th3rd9th3rd5th27
5th Alboreto5th18th3rd4thRetRet3rd17th4thRetRet2nd5thRet11thRet24
6th Piquet3rd3rdRetRet4thRet5th5thRet8th4thRetRet8thRet3rd22
7th CapelliRetRet10th16th5thDNS9thRet5thRet3rd5th2ndRetRet6th17
8th Warwick4th9th4th5th7thRetRet6th7thRet5th4th4thRetRetRet17
9th MansellRetRetRetRetRetRetRet2ndRetRetILLILLRet2ndRetRet12
10th NanniniRet6thRet7thRetRet6th3rd18thRetDSQ9thRet3rd5thRet12
11th PatreseRet13th6thRetRetRetRet8thRet6thRet7thRet5th6th4th8
12th Cheever8th7thRet6thRetRet11th7th10thRet6th3rdRetRetRetRet6
13th GugelminRet15thRetRetRetRet8th4th8th5thRet8thRet7th10thRet5
14th PalmerRet14th5thDNQ6th5thRetRet11thRet12thDNQRetRet12thRet5
15th de CesarisRetRetRetRet9th4th10thRet13thRetRetRetRetRetRet8th3
16th Nakajima6th8thDNQRet11thDNQ7th10th9th7thRetRetRetRet7thRet1
17th Martini6th15th15thDNQRetDNQRetRetRet13th7th1
NC DalmasRet12th7th9thDNQ7th13th13th19th9thRetRetRet11th0
NC CaffiDNPQRetRetRetDNPQ8th12th11th15thRet8thRet7th10thRetRet0
NC Brundle7th0
NC StreiffRet10thRet12thRetRetRetRetRetRet10thRet9thRet8th11th0
NC Pérez-SalaRet11thRet11th13thRetNCRetDNQ10thDNQRet8th12th15thRet0
NC TarquiniRetRetRet14th8thDNPQDNPQDNPQDNPQ13thRetDNQ11thDNQDNQDNQ0
NC AlliotRet17thRetRet10thRetRet14thRet12th9thRetRet14th9th10th0
NC Johansson9thDNQRet10thRetRetDNQDNQDNQRet11thDNQRetRetDNQ9th0
NC BaileyDNQRetDNQDNQRet9thDNQ16thDNQDNQDNQ12thDNQDNQ14thDNQ0
NC LariniDNQEX9thDNQDNQRetRet19thRetDNPQRetRet12thRetRetDNPQ0
NC ArnouxRetDNQRetRetRetRetDNQ18th17thRetRet13th10thRet17thRet0
NC ModenaRetNCDSQDSQ12thRet14th12thRet11thDNQDNQDNQ13thDNQRet0
NC Schlesser11th0
NC SchneiderDNQDNQDNQRetDNQDNQRetDNQ12thDNQ13thRetDNQDNQRetDNQ0
NC LarrauriRetDNQRet13thRetRetRetDNQ16thDNQDNPQDNPQDNPQDNQDNQRet0
NC GhinzaniDNQRetRet15th14thDNQEXDNQ14thDNQRetRetDNQDNQDNQRet0
NC CamposRet16thDNQDNQDNQ0
NC Suzuki16th0
NC RaphanelDNQ0

Constructor StandingsEdit

Team Placings
PosTeam Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Mexico Flag of Canada Flag of Detroit, Michigan Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia Pts
1st McLaren Prost1st2nd1st1st2nd2nd1stRet2nd2nd2ndRet1st1st2nd1st 199
SennaDSQ1stRet2nd1st1st2nd1st1st1st1st10th6th4th1st2nd
2nd Ferrari Alboreto5th18th3rd4thRetRet3rd17th4thRetRet2nd5thRet11thRet 65
Berger2nd5th2nd3rdRetRet4th9th3rd4thRet1stRet6th4thRet
3rd Benetton NanniniRet6thRet7thRetRet6th3rd18thRetDSQ9thRet3rd5thRet 39
Boutsen7th4th8th8th3rd3rdRetRet6th3rdDSQ6th3rd9th3rd5th
4th Lotus Piquet3rd3rdRetRet4thRet5th5thRet8th4thRetRet8thRet3rd 23
Nakajima6th8thDNQRet11thDNQ7th10th9th7thRetRetRetRet7thRet
5th Arrows Warwick4th9th4th5th7thRetRet6th7thRet5th4th4thRetRetRet 23
Cheever8th7thRet6thRetRet11th7th10thRet6th3rdRetRetRetRet
6th March GugelminRet15thRetRetRetRet8th4th8th5thRet8thRet7th10thRet 22
CapelliRetRet10th16th5thDNS9thRet5thRet3rd5th2ndRetRet6th
7th Williams MansellRetRetRetRetRetRetRet2ndRetRetILLILLRet2ndRetRet 20
Brundle7th
Schlesser11th
PatreseRet13th6thRetRetRetRet8thRet6thRet7thRet5th6th4th
8th Tyrrell PalmerRet14th5thDNQ6th5thRetRet11thRet12thDNQRetRet12thRet 5
BaileyDNQRetDNQDNQRet9thDNQ16thDNQDNQDNQ12thDNQDNQ14thDNQ
9th Rial de CesarisRetRetRetRet9th4th10thRet13thRetRetRetRetRetRet8th 3
10th Minardi CamposRet16thDNQDNQDNQ 1
Martini6th15th15thDNQRetDNQRetRetRet13th7th
Pérez-SalaRet11thRet11th13thRetNCRetDNQ10thDNQRet8th12th15thRet
NC Lola DalmasRet12th7th9thDNQ7th13th13th19th9thRetRetRet11th 0
Suzuki16th
RaphanelDNQ
AlliotRet17thRetRet10thRetRet14thRet12th9thRetRet14th9th10th
NC Dallara CaffiDNPQRetRetRetDNPQ8th12th11th15thRet8thRet7th10thRetRet 0
NC AGS StreiffRet10thRet12thRetRetRetRetRetRet10thRet9thRet8th11th 0
NC Coloni TarquiniRetRetRet14th8thDNPQDNPQDNPQDNPQ13thRetDNQ11thDNQDNQDNQ 0
NC Ligier ArnouxRetDNQRetRetRetRetDNQ18th17thRetRet13th10thRet17thRet 0
Johansson9thDNQRet10thRetRetDNQDNQDNQRet11thDNQRetRetDNQ9th
NC Osella LariniDNQEX9thDNQDNQRetRet19thRetDNPQRetRet12thRetRetDNPQ 0
NC EuroBrun LarrauriRetDNQRet13thRetRetRetDNQ16thDNQDNPQDNPQDNPQDNQDNQRet 0
ModenaRetNCDSQDSQ12thRet14th12thRet11thDNQDNQDNQ13thDNQRet
NC Zakspeed GhinzaniDNQRetRet15th14thDNQEXDNQ14thDNQRetRetDNQDNQDNQRet 0
SchneiderDNQDNQDNQRetDNQDNQRetDNQ12thDNQ13thRetDNQDNQRetDNQ


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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 Formula One Seasons
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