The 1988 season broke all sorts of records, not least of which was that McLaren won all bar one of the races that season. The very race it failed to win was the Italian Grand Prix, in which Alain Prost retired early on, and Ayrton Senna crashed out late in the race.

Senna could usually be relied upon to simply frighten backmarkers off the road, but he made a needless lunge on Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser – making his sole F1 start standing in for Williams – and clipped the Frenchman before spinning onto the kerbs.

Watch the final laps of the race here, with Murray Walker and James Hunt getting very excited indeed:

The Ferraris of Gerhard Berger Michele Alborteo took an incredulous 1-2 in front of the delighted tifosi.


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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.