Unlike in his 1984 Monaco debut, when the public in general had no Idea of who he was, by 1988 Ayrton Senna was one of the greatest names in F1. AS the favorite to win, and riding McLaren’s amazing winning streak, he took the pole position on Saturday by posting a time of 1min23s998. While that result wasn’t exactly a surprise, the fact that he had beaten two-time champion Alain Prost – who was also his teammate – by 1s427 surely was.
The Brazilian drove like He was in another dimension – which isn’t just a figure of speech. Senna himself described the practice sessions for the 1988 Monaco GP as an incredible experience that even scared him a little, since it was “way beyond his conscious understanding”.
A. de Cesaris
final position (retired on lap 66)
position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated
Everything was OK, but there are great risks to take and you have to use every inch of the track here in Monaco.