1988 Monaco Grand Prix
|46e Grand Prix de Monaco – F1|
|Location||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Weather||Warm and dry|
|Pole Driver||Ayrton Senna|
|Fast Driver||Ayrton Senna|
|First Driver||Alain Prost|
|Second Driver||Gerhard Berger|
|Third Driver||Michele Alboreto|
The McLaren team dominated the qualifying sessions, with Ayrton Senna gaining pole by 1.4 seconds from Alain Prost and 2.7 seconds on the third placed, Gerhard Berger on Ferrari. Senna led from the start, with Berger overtaking Prost when the French missed a gearchange. The first corner at St.Devote saw a variety of accidents: Alex Caffi hit the wall, and AGS's Philippe Streiff retired from a stunning 12th place on the grid when an accelerator cable broke, and Nelson Piquet retired after colliding with Eddie Cheever.
The running order of Senna-Berger-Prost-Mansell-Alboreto-Nannini was maintained until lap 33 when Alboreto took Mansell off with a late passing manoeuvre. On lap 51, there were some dramatic moments when, at the Mirabeau turn, Philippe Alliot in the Larrousse had a violent collision with Riccardo Patrese's Williams. By lap 54 Prost had worn Berger down and took second place. He then started trading fastest laps with Senna. Assured by team manager Ron Dennis that his lead was safe, Senna slowed down. This was to be his downfall, as on lap 67 he lost concentration and spun into the barrier at Portier meaning that the race was won, for the 4th time in 5 years, by Prost. The Ferraris took 2nd and 3rd with Derek Warwick putting in a fine drive to finish 4th after a race-long battle with Jonathan Palmer. Patrese recovered from his collision to gain the final point by passing the other Larrousse of Yannick Dalmas on the last lap.
- Stefano Modena was excluded for missing a weight check.
- Fastest Lap: Ayrton Senna 1'26.321
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