1988 Canadian Grand Prix

1988 Canadian Grand Prix

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1988 Canadian Grand Prix

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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.


Formula One returned to Canada after a two years' absence from the calendar. In that time the pits and facilities of the Gilles Villeneuve circuit had been upgraded and moved further up the track. As usual, the qualifying session was to McLaren's benefit. Ayrton Senna collected his fifth consecutive pole from Alain Prost with a time of 1:21.681, this was 2.4 seconds faster than Nigel Mansell's pole time from 1986 when there were no restrictions on turbos. Both Williams' drivers were suffering, qualifying merely ninth and 11th.

Derek Warwick suffered a serious accident coming onto the new pit straight on the Saturday session when his car flew over the curbs after his Arrows lost control in the braking area for the chicane on dirt kicked up moments before by the AGS of Philippe Streiff. The Arrows bounced off the road and became airborne again before hitting what is now the "Mur du Qu├ębec" (Quebec Wall) or "The Wall Of Champions" opposite the new pits at unabated speed causing Warwick to black out. Courageously, Warwick, who had injured his back in the accident, would start from his 16th qualifying position the next day.

Race summary

Prost led from the start, away from Senna, the Ferrari and the Benettons, although after ten laps Gerhard Berger began having issues with the...
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