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1988 Spanish Grand Prix

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1988 Spanish Grand Prix
Race 14 of 16 in the 1988 Formula One World Championship
Circuito de Jerez (1985-1992).svg
Race details
Date 2 October 1988
Official name XXX Gran Premio Tio Pepe de España
Location Circuito Permanente de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.218 km (2.620 miles)
Distance 72 laps, 303.696 km (188.708 miles)
Weather Sunny and hot
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Honda
Time 1:24.067
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Time 1:27.845 on lap 60
First McLaren-Honda
Second Williams-Judd
Third Benetton-Ford
Lap leaders

The 1988 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 2 October 1988 at the Circuito Permanente de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera. It was the fourteenth race of the 1988 Formula One World Championship.

The 72-lap race was won by Frenchman Alain Prost, driving a McLaren-Honda, after he started from second position. British driver Nigel Mansell finished second in a Williams-Judd, with Italian Alessandro Nannini third in a Benetton-Ford. Prost's teammate and Drivers' Championship rival, Brazilian Ayrton Senna, finished fourth having started from pole position.


After weeks of speculation, Benetton announced that British Formula 3000 driver Johnny Herbert would be joining the team in 1989 to replace Thierry Boutsen who would be joining Williams. At the time of the announcement Herbert was still in hospital recovering from his horrifying F3000 crash at Brands Hatch just a few weeks earlier. With Alessandro Nannini remaining with the team, the Italian would become the team's #1 driver for 1989.


During qualifying, Riccardo Patrese was on his hot lap when the slower Julian Bailey got on the wrong side of the track and Patrese had to slow down considerably to avoid hitting Bailey. A furious Patrese retaliated by getting in front of Bailey and brake testing his Tyrrell, the subsequent collision sending Bailey's car into the air and off the track into the gravel trap.[1] Officials at first blamed Bailey and also called his Tyrrell teammate Jonathan Palmer to the hearing for good measure on the premise that the slower Tyrrells were generally a menace and both drivers needed to be told. After a protest by Ken Tyrrell however, officials later reviewed the incident again and Patrese was fined $10,000 for his actions, although most in the Formula One paddock argued that Patrese's fine was not enough, and that he should also pay the Tyrrell team to fix the damages on Bailey's car. One unnamed driver was quoted as saying "I hope they fine him his bloody retainer. There are enough accidental shunts in this business without people actually trying to cause them....."

McLaren locked out the front row for the 10th time in 14 races in 1988 with Ayrton Senna putting his Honda powered McLaren MP4/4 on pole for the 11th time in 14 races. On this tight and twisty track it was no surprise to see 1987 race winner Nigel Mansell in third place in his Williams-Judd only 2/10ths from the pole. In fact, the nature of the circuit saw atmo cars line up from 3rd to 7th on the grid. The next best turbo behind the McLarens being the Ferrari of Gerhard Berger in 8th place, though the Austrian was only 1.399 slower than Senna with Nelson Piquet (Lotus-Honda) and Michele Alboreto qualifying in 10th and 11th places.

The Arrows cars struggled with Derek Warwick qualifying 17th and Eddie Cheever just scrambling onto the back row of the grid in 25th. The Arrows were in fact slower than Nicola Larini's Osella which qualified 14th.

The two Zakspeeds of Piercarlo Ghinzani and Bernd Schneider failed to qualify, as did Bailey and Oscar Larrauri in the EuroBrun. Gabriele Tarquini failed to pre-qualify his Coloni.

Race summary

From the 10th all-McLaren front row of the year, Alain Prost made a good start, with the Williams of Nigel Mansell drafting past Ayrton Senna into 2nd. Ivan Capelli and Thierry Boutsen tangled, damaging the Benetton's nosecone. On lap 2, Senna passed Mansell but ran wide, allowing the Englishman to retake the lead. On lap 16, Michele Alboreto retired with engine problems on his Ferrari. For the first 28 laps there was no change amongst the top seven: Prost led Mansell by half a second, while Senna had to defend third place from Riccardo Patrese and Capelli, who in turn was being challenged by Alessandro Nannini and Gerhard Berger.

Around lap 30, Nannini, Berger and Piquet all pitted for new tyres. After trailing the Williams for the first hour of the race, and doing so without a clutch since the early laps, Capelli managed to pass Patrese for fourth on lap 36 and then Senna for third on lap 39. However, his engine failed on lap 46.

Mansell managed to keep Prost within arms length, but with a less powerful engine on the tight Jerez circuit, could not get past, or close enough, to the Frenchman. On lap 47 Mansell pitted but a sticking wheel nut delayed him and enabled Prost to pull ahead. Meanwhile, Nannini was going fast on his new tyres, passing both Patrese and Senna in one lap. Mansell's slow stop allowed Prost to pit on lap 50 without losing his lead (though he accidentally selected second gear and was slow getting away from his pit), and a lap later Senna also pitted for new tyres and dropped out of the points. He passed Gugelmin and Berger before finally overtaking Patrese on lap 65, who drove the entire race on one set of tyres.

Prost sealed his 34th career victory with a fastest lap record and Mansell gaining his second second-place of the year from just two finishes. Nannini collected another podium finish with Senna, Patrese and Berger completing the top six.



Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 36 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:28.378
2 21 Italy Nicola Larini Osella 1:29.293 +0.915
3 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Ford 1:30.003 +1.625
4 33 Italy Stefano Modena EuroBrun-Ford 1:30.419 +2.041
DNPQ 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Ford 1:30.459 +2.081


Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:24.775 1:24.067
2 11 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:26.735 1:24.134 +0.067
3 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd 1:25.898 1:24.269 +0.202
4 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford EX 1:24.904 +0.837
5 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:26.673 1:25.032 +0.965
6 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:26.221 1:25.115 +1.048
7 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd 1:27.504 1:25.217 +1.150
8 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:27.796 1:25.466 +1.399
9 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda 1:28.015 1:25.648 +1.581
10 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:29.034 1:26.447 +2.380
11 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:27.414 1:26.578 +2.511
12 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 1:27.927 1:26.832 +2.765
13 14 France Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford 1:28.099 1:26.971 +2.904
14 21 Italy Nicola Larini Osella 1:28.417 1:27.012 +2.945
15 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 1:28.840 1:27.171 +3.104
16 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 1:29.688 1:27.187 +3.120
17 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 1:28.473 1:27.240 +3.173
18 36 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:27.907 1:27.350 +3.283
19 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Judd 1:29.157 1:27.351 +3.284
20 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:27.826 1:27.407 +3.340
21 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd 1:28.009 1:27.474 +3.407
22 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:27.582 1:27.548 +3.481
23 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Ford 1:28.315 1:27.798 +3.731
24 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:28.694 1:27.833 +3.816
25 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 1:29.305 1:27.859 +3.792
26 33 Italy Stefano Modena EuroBrun-Ford 1:30.759 1:27.977 +3.910
DNQ 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed 1:31.144 1:28.194 +4.127
DNQ 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Ford 1:31.366 1:28.664 +4.597
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Ford 1:30.125 1:29.066 +4.999
DNQ 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed 1:29.824 1:29.503 +5.436
  • Note: Boutsen's time from Q1 excluded as front wing end plates were 5mm longer than allowed.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 72 1:48:43.851 2 9
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd 72 + 26.232 3 6
3 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 72 + 35.446 5 4
4 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 72 + 46.710 1 3
5 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd 72 + 47.430 7 2
6 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 72 + 51.813 8 1
7 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 72 + 1:15.964 11  
8 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda 72 + 1:17.309 9  
9 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 72 + 1:17.655 4  
10 36 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 71 + 1 lap 18  
11 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 71 + 1 lap 16  
12 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 70 + 2 laps 24  
13 33 Italy Stefano Modena EuroBrun-Ford 70 + 2 laps 26  
14 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 69 + 3 laps 12  
Ret 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd 62 Wheel 21  
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 60 Chassis 25  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 45 Engine 6  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 41 Chassis 17  
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Ford 37 Engine 23  
Ret 14 France Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford 16 Engine 13  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 15 Engine 10  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 15 Gearbox 20  
Ret 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 14 Spun off 15  
Ret 21 Italy Nicola Larini Osella 9 Suspension 14  
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 4 Chassis 22  
Ret 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Judd 0 Throttle 19  
DNQ 10 West Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed    
DNQ 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Ford    
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Ford    
DNQ 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed    
DNPQ 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Ford

Championship standings after the race

  • Bold text indicates World Champions.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Drivers could only count their best 11 results; numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored. Points accurate at final declaration of results. The Benettons were subsequently disqualified from the Belgian Grand Prix and their points reallocated.


  1. ^ 1988 Spanish GP - Patrese / Bailey
  2. ^ "1988 Spanish Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Spain 1988 - Championship • STATS F1". Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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