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1988

Machine: McLaren MP4/4 / Tyre: GOOD YEAR / Car No.12

It was one of the most special season for him. HONDA changed the partner from Williams to McLaren in this season. McLaren made the most competitive team itself by Senna jointing to Alain Prost. Senna was welcome to the jointed number-one driver, however, Prost actually was the number one driver because of his actual result as the world chmapion in 1985 and 1986 season. No matter how Ayrton was the actual second driver, he ran the most competitive weapon on the circuit, showing his remarkable ability right and left.
The isolated second driver succeeded in titling for the first time(Ref. Maiden Champion) with his eight victories from San Marino GP, holding Prost to seven wins. Senna da Silva talked his emotion at that time as follows: It was my best moment in my life when I had passed the finishing line and taken the chequered flag!
Senna's first title provoked the ex-champion driver to reduce to the last extremity, and Prost criticized the team through the mass media that HONDA supplied better engine to Senna than him. Then he kept the distance himself to the second driver. The discord between two genius drivers ironically resulted to liven up the whole Formula-One. On the other hand Senna was suffering badly from the first dirver's political attack.

Rd.DateGPMachineEngineQualifyFinalNotes
14/3BrazilMcLaren MP4/4.03Honda V6T1DisqualifiedBreach of regulations
25/1San MarinoMcLaren MP4/4.111
35/15Monaco1RCrash
45/29Mexico12
56/12Canada11
66/19DetroitMcLaren MP4/4.211
77/3France22
87/10UKMcLaren MP4/4.531
97/24Germany11
108/7Hungary11
118/28Belgium11
129/11Italy110Not finished
139/25Portugal26
1410/2Spain14
1510/30Japan11
1611/13AustraliaMcLaren MP4/4.212

World Championship Classification: WINNER with 90 points
Number of races lead:12
Number of laps lead: 552 laps(53.64%)
Number of kilometers lead: 2,671
Points per race, average: 5.875
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