1988 Alternate Formula One season

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1988 Formula One season
JEVoeckler1988.jpg
Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler took the title by just 2 points over McLaren team-mate Gerhard Berger, despite Berger scoring more points over the course of the season.
Season
Races 16
Start date 26th March 1988
Start Event Flag of Brazil svg.png Nestlé Brazilian Grand Prix
End date 6th November 1988
End Event Flag of Australia svg.png Foster's Australian Grand Prix
Awards
Driver's champion Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler
Constructor's Champion Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Honda
Seasons
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1987 1989


The 1988 Formula One season was the 39th Formula One World Championship season. Gerhard Berger and McLaren returned to defend their titles. With turbocharged engines being outlawed for 1989, 1988 was seen as a transition year by many teams who opted for only incremental updates to the previous year's chassis. For 1988, FISA reduced the permitted boost to 2.5 bar and the fuel limit was reduced to 150 liters. In response to this the manufacturers focused their attention on the new regulations for 1989, the consequence being that only Honda and Ferrari designed turbocharged engines fully adapted for the 1988 regulations with the rest of the grid using detuned turbocharged engines from 1987 or normally-aspirated engines.

McLaren's decision to switch from TAG power units to Honda engines for 1988 proved to be a decision of great consequence, as the McLaren-Honda combination swept to 10 victories in the hands of Berger and Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler. Despite receiving strong competition from Ferrari, whose driver pairing of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna racked up 6 victories in total, Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler took the title by just 2 points over Berger, despite Berger scoring more points over the course of the season. The furore over Voeckler winning the title despite scoring less points led to the system of the best 11 scores counting towards the championship to be removed.

Teams and Drivers

Team Constructor Chassis Engine # Driver Rounds
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren-Honda MP4/4 Honda RA168E 1.5 V6t 1 Flag of Austria svg.png Gerhard Berger All
2 Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler All
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell-Ford 017 Ford Cosworth GBA 1.5 V6t 3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Martin Brundle All
4 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jonathan Palmer All
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Canon Williams Honda Team Williams-Honda FW12 Honda RA168E 1.5 V6t 5 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nigel Mansell 1-10, 14-16
Flag of Brazil svg.png Emerson Fittipaldi 11-13
6 Flag of Japan svg.png Kazuki Fushida All
Flag of Germany svg.png West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 881 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t 9 Flag of Italy svg.png Alessandro Nannini All
10 Flag of the Vatican City svg.png Valentino Nicchi All
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Camel Team Lotus Lotus-Ford 100 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 11 Flag of France svg.png Guillaume Gauthier All
12 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Derek Warwick All
Flag of France svg.png Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS-Ford AGS JH22 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 14 Flag of France svg.png Philippe Streiff All
15 Flag of Italy svg.png Alex Caffi All
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png USF&G Arrows Zakspeed Arrows-Zakspeed A11 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t 17 Flag of the United States svg.png Brendon Cassidy All
18 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Chris Dagnall All
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Benetton Formula Ltd Benetton-Ford B188 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 19 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thierry Boutsen 1-7, 11-16
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Robert Kagan 8-10
20 Flag of Italy svg.png Michele Alboreto All
Flag of Italy svg.png Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1I Osella 890T 1.5 V8t 21 Flag of Italy svg.png Nicola Larini All
22 Flag of Argentina svg.png Oscar Larrauri 1-8
Flag of Italy svg.png Stefano Modena 9-16
Flag of Italy svg.png Lois Minardi Team SpA Minardi-Ford M188 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 23 Flag of Italy svg.png Pierluigi Martini All
24 Flag of France svg.png Frédéric-Maxime Voeckler All
Flag of France svg.png Ligier Loto Ligier-Judd JS31 Judd CV 3.5 V8 25 Flag of France svg.png René Arnoux All
26 Flag of Italy svg.png Riccardo Patrese All
Flag of Italy svg.png Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari F1/88 Ferrari 033E 1.5 V6t 27 Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna All
28 Flag of France svg.png Alain Prost All
Flag of France svg.png Larrousse Calmels Lola-Ford LC88 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 29 Flag of Japan svg.png Aguri Suzuki 1-8
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Harvey Jones 9-16
30 Flag of Singapore svg.png Isabella Noriko All
Flag of Italy svg.png Enzo Coloni Racing Car System Coloni-Ford FC187 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 31 Flag of Brazil svg.png Roberto Moreno All
32 Flag of Italy svg.png Arsenio Matarazzo 1-10
Flag of Italy svg.png Gabriele Tarquini 11-16

Season Calendar

Race Track Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Drive of the Race Reject of the Race
1 Flag of Brazil svg.png Nestlé Brazilian Grand Prix Autodromo Hermano da Silva Ramos March 26 Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nigel Mansell Flag of France svg.png Alain Prost Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari Flag of France svg.png AGS-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Benetton-Ford
2 Flag of San Marino svg.png Kronenbourg San Marino Grand Prix Autodromo Dino Ferrari April 17 Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Honda Flag of Japan svg.png Kazuki Fushida Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Derek Warwick
3 Flag of Monaco svg.png Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco May 1 Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari Flag of Italy svg.png Riccardo Patrese Flag of Japan svg.png Kazuki Fushida
4 Flag of Mexico svg.png Mexican Grand Prix Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez May 15 Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of Austria svg.png Gerhard Berger Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Honda Flag of Italy svg.png Pierluigi Martini Flag of France svg.png Guillaume Gauthier
5 Flag of Canada svg.png Molson Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve May 29 Flag of France svg.png Alain Prost Flag of Austria svg.png Gerhard Berger Flag of France svg.png Alain Prost Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari Flag of France svg.png Guillaume Gauthier Flag of Italy svg.png Michele Alboreto
6 Flag of the United States svg.png EniChem Detroit Grand Prix Detroit Street Circuit June 5 Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of Austria svg.png Gerhard Berger Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Honda Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jonathan Palmer Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler
7 Flag of France svg.png Rhône-Poulenc French Grand Prix Circuit Paul Ricard June 26 Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of Austria svg.png Gerhard Berger Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Honda Flag of France svg.png AGS-Ford Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna
8 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Shell Oils British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit July 3 Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of France svg.png Alain Prost Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Honda Flag of Italy svg.png Nicola Larini Flag of France svg.png Ligier-Judd
9 Flag of Germany svg.png Mobil German Grand Prix Hockenheimring July 24 Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of France svg.png Alain Prost Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari Flag of Italy svg.png Osella Flag of Austria svg.png Gerhard Berger
10 Flag of Hungary svg.png Pop 84 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring August 7 Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of France svg.png Alain Prost Flag of Austria svg.png Gerhard Berger Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Honda Flag of Japan svg.png Kazuki Fushida Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler
11 Flag of Yugoslavia svg.png Yugoslavian Grand Prix Automotodrom Grobnik August 14 Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Honda Flag of Brazil svg.png Emerson Fittipaldi Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari
12 Flag of the Soviet Union svg.png Soviet Grand Prix Bikernieki Circuit August 28 Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Chris Dagnall Everyone outside the Top 4
13 Flag of Italy svg.png Coca-Cola Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza September 11 Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of Austria svg.png Gerhard Berger Flag of Austria svg.png Gerhard Berger Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Honda Flag of France svg.png Guillaume Gauthier Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari
14 Flag of Belgium svg.png Champion Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps September 25 Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Honda Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Derek Warwick Flag of France svg.png Alain Prost
15 Flag of Japan svg.png Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit October 23 Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Martin Brundle Flag of the United States svg.png Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
16 Flag of Australia svg.png Foster's Australian Grand Prix Adelaide Street Circuit November 6 Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Honda Flag of Japan svg.png Kazuki Fushida Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari

Championship Standings

Driver's Championship

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Points 9 6 4 3 2 1
  • Only the 11 best points finishes counted towards the world championship
Pos Driver BRA
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SMR
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MON
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MEX
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CAN
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DET
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FRA
Flag of France svg.png
GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png
GER
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HUN
Flag of Hungary svg.png
YUG
Flag of Yugoslavia svg.png
SOV
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ITA
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BEL
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JAP
Flag of Japan svg.png
AUS
Flag of Australia svg.png
Pts
1 Flag of France svg.png Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler 2 1 3 2 2 3† 2 1 Ret Ret 1 Ret 5 1 Ret 1 77 (79)
2 Flag of Austria svg.png Gerhard Berger Ret 4 4 1 3 1 1 2 3 1 2 4 1 3 Ret 2 75 (84)
3 Flag of France svg.png Alain Prost 1 2 2 3 1 Ret 3 4 1 3 4 2 Ret Ret 2 Ret 66 (69)
4 Flag of Brazil svg.png Ayrton Senna 3 Ret 1 Ret 4 2 Ret Ret 2 2 3 1 Ret 2 1 3† 66
5 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Chris Dagnall 5 5 Ret 5 Ret 8† 13† 5 6 4 5 3 9 4 3 Ret 25
6 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nigel Mansell 4 3 Ret Ret 5 4 Ret 3 4 5 7 Ret 4 24
7 Flag of the United States svg.png Brendon Cassidy 6 6 Ret 4 6 5 Ret 6 5 6 7 7 2 6 4 Ret 22
8 Flag of the Vatican City svg.png Valentino Nicchi 13 8 Ret Ret 9 9 4 8 9 9 10 8 4 16 6 Ret 7
9 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Martin Brundle 9 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 8 8 8 10 3 Ret 5 Ret 6
10 Flag of France svg.png Frédéric-Maxime Voeckler Ret 10 Ret 14† Ret 10 7 14 Ret Ret 11 5 10 13 8 5 4
11 Flag of Italy svg.png Pierluigi Martini 12 11 Ret 6 13 11 5 16 11 10 12 14 14 12 9 9 3
12 Flag of Italy svg.png Alessandro Nannini 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 9 Ret 9 Ret Ret 5 11 Ret 2
13 Flag of Italy svg.png Riccardo Patrese 14 13 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 15 15 15 Ret 11 2
14 Flag of Brazil svg.png Emerson Fittipaldi 6 6 Ret 2
15 Flag of Japan svg.png Kazuki Fushida 7 7 Ret 7 7 7 Ret Ret 7 7 16 14 13 8 Ret 6 1
16 Flag of France svg.png Philippe Streiff 11 14 Ret Ret Ret 13 6 13 Ret 13 14 11 8 11 10 7 1
17 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jonathan Palmer Ret 9 Ret 8 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 11 18 Ret 17† Ret 12 Ret 1
18 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Derek Warwick 15 Ret 6 Ret 11 15 10 12 14 12 15 9 16 9 Ret 8 1
19 Flag of France svg.png Guillaume Gauthier 10 15 Ret Ret 10 12 Ret Ret 12 14 17 Ret 6 Ret 13 12 1
20 Flag of Italy svg.png Nicola Larini Ret Ret 7 9 16 18 11 9 13 18 19 DNQ 7 18 16 Ret 0
21 Flag of Italy svg.png Alex Caffi 17 12 8 10 15 14 8 DNQ Ret 15 20† Ret 11 14 7 10 0
22 Flag of Italy svg.png Michele Alboreto 16 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 9 11 16 17 Ret 13 Ret 10 14 Ret 0
23 Flag of Japan svg.png Aguri Suzuki DNQ 18 9 Ret DNQ 19 DNQ 15 0
24 Flag of Singapore svg.png Isabella Noriko Ret Ret 10 11 Ret 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ 16 17 17 17 16 0
25 Flag of France svg.png René Arnoux Ret 16 Ret Ret 14 16 12 10 15 Ret 21† Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 0
26 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Harvey Jones Ret Ret Ret 12 12 Ret Ret 14 0
27 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thierry Boutsen Ret Ret Ret 13 12 Ret Ret INJ INJ INJ Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 15 0
28 Flag of Brazil svg.png Roberto Moreno Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ 17 DNQ 14 Ret DNQ 19 Ret Ret DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ 0
29 Flag of Italy svg.png Stefano Modena Ret 16 19 Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret 0
30 Flag of Argentina svg.png Oscar Larrauri Ret 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
31 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Robert Kagan Ret Ret DNQ 0
32 Flag of Italy svg.png Arsenio Matarazzo DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
33 Flag of Italy svg.png Gabriele Tarquini DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
Pale Blue Withdrawn (WD)
Blank Did Not Enter (No text)
Excluded (EX)
Did not Start (DNS)
Did not Arrive (DNA)
Event cancelled (C)
Injured (INJ)
Bold denotes pole position
Italics denote fastest lap
Classification despite retirement
Race not run to scheduled distance

Constructors' Championship

Pos Constructor # BRA
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SMR
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MON
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MEX
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CAN
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DET
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FRA
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GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png
GER
Flag of Germany svg.png
HUN
Flag of Hungary svg.png
YUG
Flag of Yugoslavia svg.png
SOV
Flag of the Soviet Union svg.png
ITA
Flag of Italy svg.png
BEL
Flag of Belgium svg.png
JAP
Flag of Japan svg.png
AUS
Flag of Australia svg.png
Pts
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Honda 1 Ret 4 4 1 3 1 1 2 3 1 2 4 1 3 Ret 2 163
2 2 1 3 2 2 3† 2 1 Ret Ret 1 Ret 5 1 Ret 1
2 Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari 27 3 Ret 1 Ret 4 2 Ret Ret 2 2 3 1 Ret 2 1 3 135
28 1 2 2 3 1 Ret 3 4 1 3 4 2 Ret Ret 2 Ret
3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Arrows-Zakspeed 17 6 6 Ret 4 6 5 Ret 6 5 6 7 7 2 6 4 Ret 47
18 5 5 Ret 5 Ret 8† 13† 5 6 4 5 3 9 4 3 Ret
4 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Honda 5 4 3 Ret Ret 5 4 Ret 3 4 5 6 6 Ret 7 Ret 4 27
6 7 7 Ret 7 7 7 Ret Ret 7 7 16 14 13 8 Ret 6
5 Flag of Germany svg.png Zakspeed 9 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 9 Ret 9 Ret Ret 5 6 Ret 9
10 13 8 Ret Ret 9 9 4 8 10 9 10 8 4 16 11 Ret
6 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tyrrell-Ford 3 9 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 8 8 8 10 3 Ret 5 Ret 7
4 Ret 9 Ret 8 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 11 18 Ret 17† Ret 12 Ret
7 Flag of Italy svg.png Minardi-Ford 23 12 11 Ret 6 13 11 5 16 11 10 11 Ret 14 12 9 5 7
24 Ret 10 Ret 14† Ret 10 7 14 Ret Ret 12 5 10 13 8 9
8 Flag of France svg.png Ligier-Judd 25 Ret 16 Ret Ret 14 16 12 10 15 Ret 21† Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 2
26 14 13 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 15 15 15 Ret 11
9 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Lotus-Ford 11 10 15 Ret Ret 10 12 Ret 12 12 14 17 Ret 6 Ret 13 8 2
12 15 Ret 6 Ret 11 15 10 Ret 14 12 15 9 16 9 Ret 12
10 Flag of France svg.png AGS-Ford 14 11 14 Ret Ret Ret 13 6 13 Ret 13 14 11 8 11 10 7 1
15 17 12 8 10 15 14 8 DNQ Ret 15 20† Ret 11 14 7 10
11 Flag of Italy svg.png Osella 21 Ret Ret 7 9 16 18 11 9 13 18 Ret DNQ 7 18 16 Ret 0
22 Ret 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 19 Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret
12 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Benetton-Ford 19 Ret Ret Ret 13 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 15 0
20 16 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 9 11 16 17 Ret 13 Ret 10 14 Ret
13 Flag of France svg.png Lola-Ford 29 DNQ 18 9 Ret DNQ 19 DNQ 15 Ret Ret Ret 12 12 Ret Ret 14 0
30 Ret Ret 10 11 Ret 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ 16 17 17 17 16
14 Flag of Italy svg.png Coloni-Ford 31 Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ 17 DNQ 14 Ret DNQ 19 Ret Ret DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ 0
32 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Formula One seasons
  • 1988