Monaco GP 1988

MAY 15, 1988

Monaco GP, 1988

The McLaren domination continued with Ayrton Senna on pole by 1.4secs with his team mate Alain Prost second and then a gap of 1.2secs back to the best of the rest: Gerhard Berger in his Ferrari. Michele Alboreto was fourth in his Ferrari with Nigel Mansell fifth in his Williams-Judd ahead of Sandro Nannini's Benetton-Ford ahead of Gerhard Berger's Ferrari, Derek Warwick's Arrows-Megatron, Riccardo Patrese's Williams, Eddie Cheever's Arrows and Jonathan Palmer's Tyrrell. The Lotuses were off the pace with Nelson Piquet 11th and Satoru Nakajima failing to qualify.

Senna got to the first corner ahead and Prost missed a gear and so he dropped to third place behind Berger. With Prost stuck behind Berger the race was effectively over as the gap grew rapidly. Prost would remain stuck behind the Ferrari until lap 54 when he finally managed to get by. He was nearly 50 seconds behind Senna by then but immediately dropped his lap times by two seconds. Senna responded to show Prost that it was useless to even try an attack. On lap 67 Senna suddenly disappeared. He had crashed at Portier. He did not return to the pits but went straight to his apartment. Prost thus won the race with Berger second, Alboreto third, Warwick fourth, Palmer fifth and Patrese sixth.

11 Alain Prost McLaren-Honda  78 1h57m17.077s  
28 Gerhard Berger Ferrari  78 1h57m37.530s  
27 Michele Alboreto Ferrari  78 1h57m58.306s  
17 Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron  77  
Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Cosworth  77  10 
Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd  77  
29 Yannick Dalmas Lola-Cosworth  77  21 
20 Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Cosworth  76  16 
21 Nicola Larini Osella-Alfa Romeo  76  25 
10 16 Ivan Capelli March-Judd  75  22 
12 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda  66 Accident 
30 Philippe Alliot Lola-Cosworth  50 Accident 13 
15 Mauricio Gugelmin March-Judd  45 Fuel Pump 14 
Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed  43 Gearbox 23 
19 Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Cosworth  38 Gearbox/clutch 
24 Luis Sala Minardi-Cosworth  36 Drive Shafts 15 
Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd  32 Accident 
22 Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Cosworth  28 Oil Pressure 19 
25 Rene Arnoux Ligier-Judd  17 Electrics 20 
32 Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Cosworth  14 Accident 18 
18 Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron  Electronics 
26 Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd  Electrics 26 
31 Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Cosworth  Suspension 24 
Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda  Accident 11 
36 Alex Caffi Dallara-Cosworth  Accident 17 
14 Philippe Streiff AGS-Cosworth  -1 Throttle Linkage 12 
nq Satoru Nakajimi Lotus-Honda    27 
nq 10 Bernd Schneider Zakspeed    28 
nq 23 Adrian Campos Minardi-Cosworth    29 
nq Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Cosworth    30 
exc 33 Stefano Modena EuroBrun-Cosworth    31