Ferrari F1-87/88C - Ferrari F1-87/88C

Ferrari F1-87/88C

Ferrari F1-87/88C

Constructor: ItalyItaly Scuderia Ferrari
Designer: OsterreichAustria Gustav Brunner
Predecessor: Ferrari F1 / 87
Successor: Ferrari 640
Technical specifications
Chassis: Monocoque
Motor: Ferrari Tipo 033A, 90 ° V6 Turbo 2.5 bar boost pressure
Long: 4400 mm
Width: 2130 mm
Height: 950 mm
Wheelbase: 2800 mm
Weight: 542 kg
Tires: Goodyear
Petrol: Agip
Driver: 27. ItalyItaly Michele Alboreto
28.OsterreichAustria Gerhard Berger
First start: 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last start: 1988 Australian Grand Prix
Starts Siege Poles SR
16 1 2 4
World Cup points: 65
Podiums: 8
Leadership laps: 27 over 119.074 km
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The Ferrari F1-87 / 88C was a Formula 1 racing car that Scuderia Ferrari used in the 1988 Formula 1 World Championship. It was Ferrari's last Turbo-powered Formula 1 racing car for 26 years.

Development history and technology

Ferrari F1 / 87

The Ferrari was a further development of the previous year's car, the Ferrari F1 / 87 . In favor of the rule change for 1989, Ferrari decided against an expensive new development and only adapted the F1 / 87 to the modified rules for 1988. These rules limited the boost pressure of the turbo engine from 4.5 to 2.5 bar . In addition, the amount of gasoline available in the race was limited to 150 liters. In the course of the season it became clear that the revised engine was very powerful, but consumed too much gasoline. The chassis was only revised in detail. The engine cover has been flattened a bit and new front and rear wings have been developed.


As in the previous season, the regular drivers of the Scuderia were the Italian Michele Alboreto with starting number 27 and the Austrian Gerhard Berger with starting number 28.

Racing history

Ferrari Type 033

The 1988 season was a trial year for Scuderia Ferrari; both driver and constructor titles were out of reach at all times. The racing car wasn't too slow, but overall it wasn't up to the McLaren MP4 / 4 . In contrast to all other engine manufacturers, Honda had developed a completely new engine instead of just adapting the existing material to the new regulations like Ferrari. As a result, McLaren was far superior to the competition and set many records. However, since most of the competing teams had switched back to naturally aspirated engines with a view to the coming season and the Lotus team, which continues to drive with turbo, again with its 100Toffered a worse overall package, Ferrari remained the only team that could generally put McLaren under pressure, and was thus practically subscribed to the places behind Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost .

Especially in the first part of the season, Ferrari suffered from the far too high fuel consumption of the engine. That was clearly evident at the British Grand Prix . Pole setter Berger led the field together with Ayrton Senna by a large margin before he had to slow down to save fuel. Senna was able to overtake Berger on lap 14, as Berger was informed that he was already running out of fuel for the last five laps. Berger's team-mate Alboreto ran out of fuel two laps before the end of the race, while Berger dropped from first to ninth place. Technical Director John Barnard gave early in the seasonnew guidelines for the engine in order to reduce consumption while maintaining the same performance. However, this was long ignored for various reasons, possibly related to Barnard's unpopularity with Ferrari's Italian workforce.

The only race that McLaren didn't win was the Italian Grand Prix , won by Gerhard Berger; It was the only Ferrari victory in 1988 and came about under strange circumstances when Alain Prost was eliminated and then Ayrton Senna collided with Williams driver Jean-Louis Schlesser while lapping. Michele Alboreto completed the double success. The race was very emotional for the team in that it was the first victory after Enzo Ferrari's death a month earlier. At the end of the season, the new V12 naturally aspirated engine was installed in the chassis of the F1-87 / 88C for test purposes and was to be used in the following season.


driver No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points Rang
1988 Formula 1 season Flag of Brazil (1968–1992).svg Flag of San Marino (1862–2011).svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 65 2.
ItalyItaly M. Alboreto 27 5 18 3 4 DNF DNF 3 17 4 DNF DNF 2 5 DNF 11 DNF
OsterreichAustria G. Berger 28 2 5 2 3 DNF DNF 4 9 3 4 DNF 1 DNF 6 4 DNF
colour abbreviation meaning
Gold victory
silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
green Placement in the points
blue Classified outside of the point ranks
violet DNF Race not finished (did not finish)
NC not classified
Rot DNQ did not qualify
DNPQ failed in pre-qualification (did not pre-qualify)
Schwarz DSQ disqualified
White DNS not at the start (did not start)
WD withdrawn
Light Blue PO only participated in the training (practiced only)
TD Friday test driver
without DNP did not participate in the training (did not practice)
INJ injured or sick
EX excluded
DNA did not arrive
C Race canceled
no World Cup participation
other P / bold Pole-Position
SR / italics Fastest race lap
* not at the finish,
but counted due to the distance covered
() Deletion results
underlined Leader in the overall ranking


  • David Hodges: Racing Cars from A – Z after 1945. Motorbuch-Verlag Stuttgart, 1st edition 1994, ISBN 3-613-01477-7 .


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