Sunday, 3 May 2009

1988 Italian Grand Prix

The last four laps of the 1988 Italian Grand Prix from Monza. The first Italian Grand Prix since 
the death of Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari.

Prost had led the race from the first lap but began to slow on 
lap 32 with engine trouble and had to retired on lap 34. This 
left Ayrton Senna in the lead with the Ferrari's of Gerhard 
Berger and Michele Alboreto close behind. 

With for laps to go the gap was slowly coming down between 
Senna and Berger, many thinking that Senna had reserved 
his fuel to perfection, something he was always doing.

Lap 50, Ayrton Senna was closing in on the back-marker 
of Jean-Louis Schlesser who was deputising for the unwell 
Nigel Mansell. Senna tried for the inside by Schlesser turned 
in on him and took him out.

This left Gerhard Berger and Michele Alboreto to take an 
emotional Ferrari 1-2, at of all places Monza, and of all times, 
the first Italian Grand Prix since the death of Enzo Ferrari.


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