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Canada  1988 Canadian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 5 of 16 in the 1988 Formula One season
Date June 12, 1988
Official name Molson Gran Prix du Canada
Location Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada
Course Temporary street circuit
4.421 km (2.728 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 302.910 km (188.220 mi)
Weather Sunny and hot
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:21.681
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:24.973 on lap 53
First Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Second France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Third Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford

The 1988 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on June 12, 1988 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal. It was the fifth race of the 1988 Formula One season.


Race summary

Formula One returned in Canada after a two years absence from the calendar; for the event, pits and facilities of the Gilles Villeneune circuit had been upgraded. As usual, the qualyfing session was a McLaren dominance. Ayrton Senna collected his fifth consecutive pole from Alain Prost, about 4 seconds better than the previous pole record. Williams' drivers were suffering, qualifying merely ninth and 11th. Derek Warwick took the start of despite a serious accident he suffered on the Saturday session.

Prost led from the start, away from Senna, the Ferraris and the Benettons, although after ten laps Gerhard Berger began having issues with the fuel system of his Ferrari. On lap 19 while coming up to traffic, Senna managed to pass his teammate to take again the lead. Alessandro Nannini, who was running in fourth position, retired with electric problems. On lap 23 Berger retired with engine problems, and meanwhile Nigel Mansell passed Nelson Piquet, although this would only last six laps before his engine failed. The same happened five laps later to his teammate Riccardo Patrese.

On lap 34, Michele Alboreto retired, his Ferrari experiencing a similar engine problem as Berger, allowing Thierry Boutsen to take the third place, which he maintained until the finish of the race. With many of the front runners out, minor teams had a clear chance of scoring points. By the middle of the race Philippe Streiff brought his AGS up to the fifth place, ahead of Andrea de Cesaris in the Rial, sixth. Their luck didn't last much though: Streiff retired after he spun off, while de Cesaris ran out of fuel with 3 laps to go. This allowed Ivan Capelli to put in the most surprising performance of the day, taking his March to the fifth place.

Senna won, ahead of Prost and Boutsen. Piquet was fourth albeit lapped, with Ivan Capelli finishing fifth; the final point went to Jonathan Palmer's Tyrrell.


Ayrton Senna took pole position and the race win for McLaren.
Alain Prost finished just under six seconds behind his team-mate.
Thierry Boutsen took the final podium position for Benetton.
Gerhard Berger retired his Ferrari with electrical problems on lap 22.
Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 69 1:39:46.618 1 9
2 11 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 69 + 5.934 2 6
3 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 69 + 51.409 7 4
4 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Honda 68 + 1 Lap 6 3
5 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 68 + 1 Lap 14 2
6 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 19 1
7 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 67 + 2 Laps 16  
8 31 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Coloni-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 26  
9 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Rial-Ford 66 Out of Fuel 12  
10 30 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Ford 66 Electrical 17  
11 2 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 66 + 3 Laps 13  
12 33 Italy Stefano Modena Euro Brun-Ford 66 + 3 Laps 15  
13 24 Spain Luis Perez-Sala Minardi-Ford 64 + 5 Laps 21  
14 9 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Zakspeed 63 Engine 22  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 54 Gearbox 18  
Ret 14 France Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford 41 Suspension 10  
Ret 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Judd 36 Transmission 20  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 33 Engine 4  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Judd 32 Engine 11  
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 31 Throttle 8  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Judd 28 Engine 9  
Ret 26 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ligier-Judd 24 Engine 25  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 22 Electrical 3  
Ret 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 15 Ignition 5  
Ret 32 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Euro Brun-Ford 8 Chassis 24  
Ret 4 United Kingdom Julian Bailey Tyrrell-Ford 0 Collision 23  
DNQ 23 Spain Adrián Campos Minardi-Ford    
DNQ 21 Italy Nicola Larini Osella    
DNQ 29 France Yannick Dalmas Larrousse-Ford    
DNQ 10 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed    
DNPQ 36 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford


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