The three-week interval between the Hungarian and the Belgian Grand Prixes was marked by the loss of a legend: Enzo Ferrari died on August 14th, 1988. The 90 year-old founder of the Italian team was one of the most respected figures in Motor Sports.
Before the Spa-Francorchamps qualifying sessions, Williams confirmed that Nigel Mansell wasn’t going to race, since he had contracted the measles from his children. The driver was already feeling ill in the previous GP, but this time he would spend the weekend resting. Martin Brundle, Ayrton Senna’s greatest rival in the British Formula 3, was invited to drive the car on his countryman’s behalf.
The incredible fight for the title, between Senna and Prost, was summed up by the draw in the standings: both drivers had 66 points. The Brazilian had won three consecutive races (England, Germany and Hungary), and had in Spa his best shot at taking the lead. Despite the draw, Senna had a considerable advantage: he had six wins that year, against the Frenchman’s four – and that would turn out to be vital in 1988, since the rulebook stipulated that just 11 of the 16 results counted towards the final standings.
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position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated
If he thinks that I’m going to rest on my laurels, he’s wrong. (responding to a provocation from Alain Prost after his victory).