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France 1988 French Grand Prix
Paulricard88
Race 7 of 16 in the 1988 Formula One season
Date 3 July 1988
Official name Rhône-Poulenc Grand Prix de France
Location Circuit Paul Ricard

3.813 km (2.369 mi)

Distance 80 laps, 305.040 km (189.543 mi)
Weather Sunny and hot
Pole Position
Driver France Alain Prost (McLaren-Honda)
Time 1:07.589
Fastest Lap
Driver France Alain Prost (McLaren-Honda)
Time 1:11.737 on lap 45
Podium
First France Alain Prost (McLaren-Honda)
Second Brazil Ayrton Senna (McLaren-Honda)
Third Italy Michele Alboreto (Ferrari)

The 1988 French Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 3 July 1988 at the Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet. It was the seventh race of the 1988 Formula One season.

ReportEdit

QualifyingEdit

The two McLarens lined up in their usual front row places, ahead of the two Ferraris, but, for the first time that season, it wasn't Ayrton Senna on pole. A newly motivated Alain Prost had stopped Senna taking a record seventh straight pole with a time of 1:07.589, half a second in front of his team mate. Behind the Ferrari-filled second row were the two normally aspirated Benetton-Fords, a great performance at a fast circuit like Paul Ricard and ahead of the two Lotus-Hondas that filled row 4.

Nigel Mansell, who 12 months earlier had sat on the pole with a time of 1:06.454 in his Williams-Honda turbo, could only manage ninth place on the grid with a time of 1:10.337 in his normally aspirated Williams-Judd.

Ligier, the leading French team in Formula One at the time, had a disastrous weekend with both René Arnoux and Stefan Johansson failing to qualify for the team's home Grand Prix, though they did have a celebration of sorts over the weekend as Arnoux turned 40 the day after the race. Also failing to qualify were the Zakspeed turbo of Piercarlo Ghinzani and the Tyrrell of Julian Bailey. Ghinzani was excluded for missing a weight check.

RaceEdit

For the first time in the season there was a genuine battle for the lead - between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, with Prost managing to maintain a 2-second advantage despite worries in the McLaren pit about overly high fuel consumption. The Benetton challenge faltered with Thierry Boutsen's retirement due to electrical problems on lap 17. On lap 22 Gerhard Berger spun to let his team-mate Michele Alboreto through to 3rd place. On lap 34 Senna pitted for tyres, followed 3 laps later by Prost whilst Riccardo Patrese's brakes failed. By lap 45, following traffic problems for Senna and a streak of fast laps, Prost had caught his team-mate and on lap 61 passed him at the inside at the Signes corner, while the Brazilian was having trouble lapping Alex Caffi and Pierluigi Martini. Senna eased off after suffering a gear linkage problem, due to which he lost gears, to follow his team-mate to the line. The Ferraris came home in 3rd and 4th - Berger had regained his 3rd place, but lost it again in the subsequent pit stop.

Nelson Piquet maintained 5th place throughout the race, holding it in the last 15 laps despite having lost second gear, with Alessandro Nannini collecting the final point. Nigel Mansell's retirement from 8th, with suspension problems, the seventh in a row, promoted the March team to 8th and 9th - a great achievement, especially in the case of Ivan Capelli who, after his crash in Detroit, was racing with a fractured left foot.

Alain Prost set the fastest lap of the race on lap 45 with a time of 1:11.737. This compared to the lap record of 1:09.548 set in the 1987 French Grand Prix by Nelson Piquet in a Williams-Honda.

Classification Edit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Grid
1 11 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:08.171 1:07.589
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:08.456 1:08.067 +0.478
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:09.032 1:08.282 +0.693
4 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:09.624 1:09.422 +1.833
5 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 1:11.170 1:09.587 +1.998
6 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:10.743 1:09.718 +2.129
7 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda 1:09.734 1:09.900 +2.145
8 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 1:11.394 1:10.250 +2.661
9 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd 1:11.112 1:10.337 +2.748
10 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:11.779 1:10.496 +2.907
11 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 1:11.339 1:10.634 +3.045
12 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Ford 1:11.854 1:10.861 +3.272
13 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 1:11.567 1:10.979 +3.390
14 36 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:13.144 1:11.211 +3.622
15 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd 1:11.671 1:11.286 +3.697
16 15 Brazil Mauricio Gugelmin March-Judd 1:11.315 1:11.404 +3.726
17 14 France Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford 1:12.004 1:11.466 +3.877
18 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 1:12.286 1:11.511 +3.922
19 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 1:12.547 1:11.747 +4.158
20 33 Italy Stefano Modena EuroBrun-Ford 1:12.997 1:12.007 +4.418
21 10 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed 1:13.527 1:12.026 +4.437
22 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:13.039 1:12.268 +4.679
23 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:13.063 1:12.316 +4.272
24 21 Italy Nicola Larini Osella 1:13.037 1:12.406 +4.817
25 24 Spain Luis Perez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:12.938 1:12.525 +4.936
26 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Ford 1:13.888 1:12.538 +4.949
DNQ 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Judd 1:12.654 1:12.736 +5.065
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Ford 1:13.839 1:12.697 +5.108
DNQ 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd 1:13.629 1:12.801 +5.212
EX 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed 1:14.797 1:12.121
DNPQ 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Ford

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 80 1:37:37.328 1 9
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 80 + 31.752 2 6
3 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 80 + 1:06.505 4 4
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 79 + 1 Lap 3 3
5 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda 79 + 1 Lap 7 2
6 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 6 1
7 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 79 + 1 Lap 8  
8 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 79 + 1 Lap 16  
9 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 79 + 1 Lap 10  
10 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 12  
11 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 78 + 2 Laps 13  
12 36 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 14  
13 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 19  
14 33 Italy Stefano Modena EuroBrun-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 20  
15 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 22  
NC 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 70 Not Classified 25  
Ret 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Ford 64 Clutch 26  
Ret 21 Italy Nicola Larini Osella 56 Halfshaft 24  
Ret 10 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed 55 Gearbox 21  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd 48 Suspension 9  
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 46 Electrical 18  
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 40 Engine 23  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd 35 Brakes 15  
Ret 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 28 Engine 5  
Ret 14 France Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford 20 Fuel Leak 17  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 11 Spun Off 11  
DNQ 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Judd    
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Ford    
DNQ 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd    
DNPQ 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Ford      
EX 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed   Excluded  

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standingsEdit

Pos. Driver Points
1rightarrow blue 1 France Alain Prost 54
1rightarrow blue 2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 39
1rightarrow blue 3 Austria Gerhard Berger 21
1uparrow green 2 4 Italy Michele Alboreto 13
1downarrow red 1 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet 13


Constructors' Championship standingsEdit

Pos. Driver Points
1rightarrow blue 1 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 93
1rightarrow blue 2 Italy Ferrari 34
1uparrow green 1 3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 14
1downarrow red 1 4 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford 13
1rightarrow blue 5 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 9
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


ReferencesEdit

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1988_French_Grand_Prix
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/1988/france.aspx
  3. http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr459.html

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