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1988 Belgian Grand Prix

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The 1988 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on August 28, 1988 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. It was the eleventh race of the 1988 Formula One season.

Race summary

This was the first race after the death of Enzo Ferrari. Nigel Mansell was forced to miss the race due to chicken pox and was replaced by Martin Brundle. The McLarens once again dominated the qualifying sessions, occupying the whole front row for the 7th time in 11 races, though neither Ayrton Senna nor Alain Prost could match Michele Alboreto on the uphill Kemmel Straight as he pushed his Ferrari to Script error: No such module "convert".. This was the first race in 1988 where neither of the new EuroBrun cars made the field.

Throughout 1988, Senna had copied Prost's car settings feeling that the Frenchman had a better handle on setting up the McLaren. At Spa Prost decided at the last minute to alter the settings on his car in a bid to gain an advantage. Unfortunately for the Frenchman this had a detrimental result and he was unhappy with the balance and handling of his car in the race, compared to Senna with Prost's original settings who reported no such problems. At the start, pole sitter Senna had too much wheelspin and Prost was able to take the lead. However, the first time through Eau Rouge Senna was clearly quicker and easily retook the lead after he slipstreamed Prost on the Kemmel straight and out braked him at Les Combes. Senna simply powered off into the distance while Prost, struggling with a car that was no longer handling to his liking, dropped back for a safe second place.

Gerhard Berger managed to get his Ferrari up to 3rd, challenging Prost briefly before pitting on lap 3 with electrical problems. He managed to rejoin and set the fastest lap before retiring on lap 12. Due to Berger's retirement, Thierry Boutsen climbed to 4th behind Michele Alboreto and ahead of a thrilling battle between Alessandro Nannini, Satoru Nakajima, Nelson Piquet, and the two Arrows. Piquet passed teammate Nakajima on lap 17 and the Japanese pitted with an acute misfire from a jammed plug, which caused him to retire. In the meantime, Ivan Capelli climbed from 9th to 6th.

On lap 36 Alboreto's engine blew up, sending him out of the race from 3rd. Just 2 laps later Nannini capped his progresses by passing Piquet with a move at the Source hairpin. The Brazilian was suffering from brake bias problems. While attempting to keep the correct balance of the brakes, he wore his tyres, which ultimately caused him to run wide off the track. In the process, grass gathered in the sidepods and caused the engine to overheat. On lap 42, Capelli passed Piquet to seize 5th place.

McLaren's 1-2 sealed the Constructors' Championship for the British team, with Benetton coming home third and fourth. Capelli and Piquet rounded out the points. McLaren-Honda won the Constructor's Championship earlier than anyone else had, with five races left. In a post-race interview, Prost virtually conceded the championship to Senna who had won his fourth race in succession and had taken the championship lead for the first time, though those who knew Prost didn't believe he would give up so easily.

Both Benettons were later disqualified for using irregular fuel, so the third podium spot went to Capelli, and the two Arrows of Derek Warwick and Eddie Cheever went into the points. The disqualification of the Benettons was not made official until long after the season had finished, so many published records list them as having finished third and fourth. The three points Arrows gained from the disqualification brought the team to fifth in the Constructors' Championship.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 12 23x15px Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:53.718 2:15.196
2 11 23x15px Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:54.128 no time +0.410
3 28 23x15px Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:54.581 2:17.115 +0.863
4 27 23x15px Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:55.665 2:15.667 +1.947
5 6 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd 1:57.138 2:15.358 +3.420
6 20 23x15px Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 1:57.455 2:15.236 +3.737
7 19 23x15px Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:57.535 2:17.077 +3.817
8 2 Template:Country data JPN Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 1:57.616 2:14.739 +3.898
9 1 23x15px Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda 1:57.821 2:15.027 +4.103
10 17 23x15px Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 1:57.925 2:16.770 +4.207
11 18 23x15px Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 1:57.980 2:19.908 +4.262
12 5 23x15px Martin Brundle Williams-Judd 1:58.206 2:14.517 +4.488
13 15 23x15px Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:58.361 no time +4.643
14 16 23x15px Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:58.439 2:22.821 +4.721
15 36 23x15px Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:59.736 2:18.052 +6.018
16 30 23x15px Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 1:59.906 2:21.219 +6.188
17 25 23x15px René Arnoux Ligier-Judd 2:00.037 2:19.260 +6.319
18 14 23x15px Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford 2:00.410 2:23.953 +6.692
19 22 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Ford 2:00.521 2:17.028 +6.803
20 26 23x15px Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd 2:00.857 no time +7.139
21 3 23x15px Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 2:01.078 2:20.594 +7.360
22 31 23x15px Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Ford 2:01.359 2:19.939 +7.641
23 29 23x15px Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 2:01.467 2:19.909 +7.749
24 9 23x15px Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed 2:01.899 2:22.064 +8.181
25 10 23x15px Bernd Schneider Zakspeed 2:01.938 2:19.825 +8.220
26 21 23x15px Nicola Larini Osella 2:02.029 2:17.127 +8.311
DNQ 24 23x15px Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 2:02.129 no time +8.411
DNQ 23 23x15px Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 2:02.314 no time +8.596
DNQ 33 23x15px Stefano Modena EuroBrun-Ford 2:02.322 2:19.880 +8.604
DNQ 4 23x15px Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Ford 2:02.519 no time +8.801
DNPQ 32 23x15px Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Ford

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 23x15px Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 43 1:28:00.549 1 9
2 11 23x15px Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 43 + 30.470 2 6
3 16 23x15px Ivan Capelli March-Judd 43 + 1:15.768 14 4
4 1 23x15px Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda 43 + 1:23.628 9 3
5 17 23x15px Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 43 + 1:25.355 10 2
6 18 23x15px Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 42 + 1 Lap 11 1
7 5 23x15px Martin Brundle Williams-Judd 42 + 1 Lap 12  
8 36 23x15px Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 42 + 1 Lap 15  
9 30 23x15px Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 42 + 1 Lap 16  
10 14 23x15px Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford 42 + 1 Lap 18  
11 26 23x15px Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd 39 Engine 20  
12 3 23x15px Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 39 Throttle 21  
13 10 23x15px Bernd Schneider Zakspeed 38 Gearbox 25  
DSQ 20 23x15px Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 43 Irregular fuel 6  
DSQ 19 23x15px Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 43 Irregular fuel 7  
Ret 31 23x15px Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Ford 36 Steering 22  
Ret 27 23x15px Michele Alboreto Ferrari 35 Engine 4  
Ret 6 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd 30 Engine 5  
Ret 15 23x15px Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 29 Spun Off 13  
Ret 9 23x15px Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed 25 Oil Leak 24  
Ret 2 Template:Country data JPN Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 22 Engine 8  
Ret 21 23x15px Nicola Larini Osella 14 Fuel System 26  
Ret 28 23x15px Gerhard Berger Ferrari 11 Injection 3  
Ret 29 23x15px Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 9 Engine 23  
Ret 22 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Ford 2 Collision 19  
Ret 25 23x15px René Arnoux Ligier-Judd 2 Collision 17  
DNQ 24 23x15px Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford    
DNQ 23 23x15px Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford    
DNQ 33 23x15px Stefano Modena EuroBrun-Ford    
DNQ 4 23x15px Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Ford    
DNPQ 32 23x15px Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Ford    

Standings after the race

  • Bold Text indicates World Champions.

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Points accurate at final declaration of results. The Benettons were disqualified from this race, and their points reallocated, after the end of the season.

References


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1988 Hungarian Grand Prix
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1988 Italian Grand Prix
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