Ferrari stick with their turbo engine for 1988, with an update of the F1/87 chassis clunkily dubbed the F1/87/88C. The team had spent all of 1987 tinkering with the car only for it to come good at the last few races of the season, culminating in Berger’s wins in Japan and Australia – so “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” would seem to be the motto. The car was slightly lower thanks to the smaller fuel tanks per the new regulations, while the engine had likewise been tuned to work with the lower boost limits but otherwise the team were confident in their setup, and also took an unchanged driver line-up into the new year.
27. Michele Alboreto
Now entering his fifth season with the Scuderia, Alboreto seems to be on a downward trajectory. In 1984 he matched Arnoux and in 1985 he beat Johansson, but in 1986 Johansson had the better results (and yet was still the one to go) and in 1987 Berger wiped the floor with him. This is the last year of Alboreto’s contract with the Maranello team and if he wants it extended he’s got some work to do.
28. Gerhard Berger
The last Austrian to drive a Ferrari, one Herr Lauda, did very well for himself, and the signs are good for Gerhard Berger to go the same way. A maiden win for himself and Benetton in 1986, then two more for the Scuderia in 1987 is three more than established star Alboreto has had in the same time, and he will enter 1988 brimming with confidence.