The March team had a mixed 1987, turning some heads with Ivan Capelli’s point in Monaco and finishing well when they finished, but also having problems with reliability and only finishing six times. There was an air of optimism for 1988 though – the new March 881 chassis penned by young designer Adrian Newey looked fast, and was paired with the Judd V8 engine. The team expanded to two cars, retaining long-time servant Capelli and bringing in Mauricio Gugelmin from Formula 3000

88capelli15. Ivan Capelli it

The fun-loving Italian had turned heads so far in Formula One, and had scored his first point in 1987. He had reason to look forward to 1988 too. Now a team leader, he could concentrate on improving his skills and maybe seeing if a top drive could be lined up…



88gugelmin16. Maurício Gugelmin br

Born in Brazil’s far south, young Gugelmin came from a wealthy family and got into racing very early – competing in his brother’s old car by 8, into karts by 12 and Brazilian Formula Fiat at 17. By 1982, at 19, he was ready to follow in the footsteps of idols Fittipaldi and Piquet by moving to Europe to further his career. He raced Formula Ford 1600 while sharing a house in Surrey with another young Brazilian, Ayrton Senna. In 1985, he joined West Surrey Racing in Formula 3 and took the title at his first attempt. He was considered by Lotus for the second seat in 1986 but lost out to Johnny Dumfries and his 1987 season in Formula 3000 wasnt successful. Nonetheless, March came calling for 1988 and he was to get his big break.


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