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United Kingdom  1988 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 8 of 16 in the 1988 Formula One season
Silverstone 1987.jpg
Date July 10, 1988
Official name Shell Oils British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Great Britain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.778 km (2.969 mi)
Distance 65 laps, 310.570 km (192.979 mi)
Weather Wet and cool
Pole position
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari
Time 1:10.133
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd
Time 1:23.308 on lap 48
Podium
First Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Second United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd
Third Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford

The 1988 British Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on July 10, 1988 at the Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone. It was the eighth race of the 1988 Formula One season.

Race summary

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Silverstone Circuit, many facilities had been added to the circuit, including a Press Centre complex, an internal ring road, debris fencing, many widescreens to show the public the live action as broadcasted by the BBC, and a 600 metres long tented hospitality for corporate guests. However, the weekend was tragically overshadowed by the death of the RAC Chief Executive Peter Hammond in a car crash on the way to the track.

Nigel Mansell announced that he would race for Ferrari in the 1989 season, encouraged to go to the Italian team by a series of high speed accidents on Friday as a result of problems with Williams' active suspension, as well as a streak of seven consecutive retirements. With Mansell 13th in practice and Riccardo Patrese seemingly set to fail to qualify, Williams decided to abandon the system until the end of the season. This they did overnight between the Friday and Saturday sessions of the event after previously stating that changing to the more conventional suspension was next to impossible without months of work.

The grid had an unfamiliar look. With the McLarens suffering handling problems because of the new bodywork suitable for high speed circuits coming up, the Ferraris occupied the front row of the grid. Senna and Prost qualified in 3rd and 4th place, the first time no McLaren had been on the front row of the grid since the 1987 Mexican Grand Prix. An exceptional performance put the naturally aspirated March cars in 5th and 6th. Mansell qualified in 11th place.

The race was held in pouring rain, the first wet race since the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix. Senna made an excellent start to tail polesitter Gerhard Berger, and unsuccessfully challenge him for the lead. Prost's start was awful and he fell back to 9th place. On lap 3, Ivan Capelli dropped back with electrical trouble.

By lap 14, Maurício Gugelmin, Alessandro Nannini and Mansell were fighting for 3rd place. One lap later, Senna finally took the lead under the Bridge chicane, overtaking Berger and lapping Prost, who was running really slowly, at the same time. Using his skill in wet conditions, Senna managed to pull away and build a lead. On lap 20, Mansell passed Nannini for 4th, after which the Italian spun and let Gugelmin through. Two laps later, he passed Michele Alboreto in the Ferrari for 3rd. At that time, Prost retired claiming handling problems of his McLaren.

Seeking out the wet parts of the track to cool his tyres, Mansell drove very well to set the fastest lap at an average speed of 206 km/h in difficult weather track conditions. On lap 50, he caught and passed Berger and held 2nd place until the finish, some 23 seconds behind Senna. The Austrian was suffering with a fuel deficit and was losing places rapidly. On the very last corner, he ran out of fuel and dropped from 5th down to 9th. The same problem happened to Alboreto, who ran out of fuel on lap 63.

Nannini, despite two further spins, claimed his first Grand Prix podium finish. Gugelmin collected his first World Championship points, and Nelson Piquet and Derek Warwick rounded out the top 6.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 65 1:33:16.367 3 9
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd 65 + 23.344 11 6
3 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 65 + 51.214 8 4
4 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 65 + 1:11.378 5 3
5 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda 65 + 1:20.835 7 2
6 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 64 + 1 Lap 9 1
7 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 64 + 1 Lap 13  
8 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd 64 + 1 Lap 15  
9 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 64 + 1 Lap 1  
10 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 64 + 1 Lap 10  
11 36 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 64 + 1 Lap 21  
12 33 Italy Stefano Modena Euro Brun-Ford 64 + 1 Lap 20  
13 29 France Yannick Dalmas Larrousse-Ford 63 + 2 Laps 23  
14 30 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Ford 63 + 2 Laps 22  
15 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 63 + 2 Laps 19  
16 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Ford 63 + 2 Laps 24  
17 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 62 Out Of Fuel 2  
18 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Judd 62 + 3 Laps 25  
19 21 Italy Nicola Larini Osella 60 Out of Fuel 26  
Ret 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 38 Transmission 12  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 34 Alternator 6  
Ret 11 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 24 Handling 4  
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 14 Engine 17  
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Ford 9 Clutch 14  
Ret 14 France Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford 8 Broken wing 16  
Ret 24 Spain Luis Perez-Sala Minardi-Ford 0 Suspension 18  
DNQ 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Euro Brun-Ford    
DNQ 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed    
DNQ 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd    
DNQ 10 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed    
DNPQ 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Ford      

References

Previous race:
1988 French Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1988 season
Next race:
1988 German Grand Prix
Previous race:
1987 British Grand Prix
British Grand Prix Next race:
1989 British Grand Prix
Awards
Preceded by
1987 Japanese Grand Prix
Formula One Promotional Trophy
for Race Promoter

1988
Succeeded by
1989 Japanese Grand Prix
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