Honda had announced that it would not be supplying Williams with engines in 1988, despite the fact the Japanese company still had one year to go on its contract. Introduced in 1987 to restrict turbo boost to 4. Prost was able to close up to Mansell and on lap seven the Frenchman went ahead. He reasoned it was better to go out in the lead rather than just drone around in the wake of the McLarens. In the last turbo Formula One race until the season, Bernd Schneider failed to qualify his Zakspeed, while Nicola Larini failed to pre-qualify the Osella.
Ahh, that old standby of the animation industry: The god damned shrinking episode. Even when I was six, I hated those three. The second row featured Ayrton Senna's Lotus-Honda and Nelson Piquet in the second Williams while fifth place went to Thierry Boutsen Benetton with Gerhard Berger Ferrari , Teo Fabi Benetton and Michele Alboreto Ferrari following the first four rows. Berger too slowed suddenly as he tried to pass the Williams and so there was serious congestion behind with the result that Patrese hit Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron. Taking over animation duties for this season is A-1 Productions out of South Korea.
I maintained that list for a few months, and then changed my Reddit account. Senna tried to regain the place but his tires would not allow him to challenge and so they finished with Piquet winning the race. Desperate to defeat the Turtles, he forms the Crooked Ninja Turtle Gang to frame them for various robberies and draw his foes out of hiding. Canada saw the first on-track fight for the lead between the two McLaren drivers. Johansson hit the back of Cheever and Brundle hit the rear of the McLaren.
In the closing laps Patrese dropped back because he had used too much fuel and so Alboreto was second until he lost boost pressure and Senna went ahead again. At the second round of stops Piquet stalled in the pitlane and lost just under 10 secs and so Mansell was able to win. The Constructors' Championship was comfortably won by Williams, with McLaren second, Lotus third and Ferrari fourth. It was also the only time neither McLaren qualified on the front row as Alboreto qualified second. Oh, and then… and then… Michaelangelo in drag! The third row of the grid was shared by the two Benetton-Fords of Thierry Boutsen and Teo Fabi while row four was an all-Ferrari affair with Michele Alboreto just ahead of Gerhard Berger. Robotnik racing to collect the four Chaos Emeralds, the last of which granted the wearer supreme power.
This moved Alboreto to second and Piquet to third and the order stayed the same until Piquet overtook Alboreto on lap 29. We were probably spoiled with the beautiful animation we received in season one, but these episodes are still a tad unsightly. On the contrary, it has many of my favorite episodes and introduces basically one awesome action figure-shilling character after another. Gerhard Berger qualified second behind Senna who took his record 7th straight pole position , with Alboreto third and Prost only managing fourth on the grid on his least favorite track on the calendar. Mansell took the flag just under half a minute ahead of Senna with Alboreto third. And part of that 11 minutes involves various antics at a carnival, as the Turtles are unwittingly cast as clowns because s--t, I dunno.
Finally on lap 54 Prost got a good run out of the final turn and was able to out brake Berger going into Sainte Dévote. Stefan Johansson had a big fright in practice when he found a deer in the middle of the road and hit it at high speed. This would be the last Austrian Grand Prix for 10 years; the race would return to the same shortened venue in 1997. Piquet took pole position with Mansell a tenth behind him but Ayrton Senna was beaten the third place by Gerhard Berger's Ferrari. True to his word, Berger led the race by using maximum turbo boost in his engine and had passed Prost for the lead on lap 14.
He had been in fourth place at the time just in front of Patrese, but had not been able to truly challenge Piquet who was able to use Honda power on the 900-metre-long Brabham Straight to keep his former teammates at bay. Fusing it to his helmet, he gains the power to mentally transmute matter into anything he can think of. Funny how lots of these are not in use any more in F1. At the end of the first lap, however, Berger took the lead and with Senna fighting off Piquet for third place the race began to settle down. Then there were red flags after Warwick Arrows-Megatron had a huge accident at the final corner when something broke at the back of his car as a result of Nakajima running into him earlier.
Senna had decided to go through without a stop and those behind him were left to battle with one another while Mansell drove on to victory. By then Alboreto had got ahead of Senna and so was in second place with Senna third and Patrese fourth. Now, only Splinter can rescue his students from the Shredder and Baxter Stockman. Mansell quickly retook second from Prost and closed up on Piquet but overtaking was another issue until Piquet made a mistake and ran wide on lap 46 and Mansell went ahead. Behind the Prost-Senna 1—2 came a Ferrari 3—4 with Alboreto finishing behind his teammate, while and finished 5th and 6th after a race long dice in their Arrows-Megatron turbos. This was hoped to give Honda teams an advantage as all other turbo engines had been originally designed for previous years higher boost levels and greater fuel allowance.
At , after Alain Prost set the fastest lap, Senna refused to accept that his teammate could be driving faster than he was, especially after Senna out qualified Prost by over a second. Both had to be separated Second place belonged to Alboreto with Prost third, Boutsen fourth and Fabi fifth after Berger went out with an engine failure. Team boss Peter Warr moved quickly and signed Nelson Piquet, who was unhappy that Frank Williams would not give him clear number one status at Williams. In the race Berger took the lead at the start and was never threatened, winning a dominant victory; this was Ferrari's first victory since the 1985 German Grand Prix. The order remained unchanged until lap 44 when Alboreto disappeared with an engine problem and then in the closing laps Prost moved ahead of Boutsen. In the episode following this one, Baxter meets his undoing at the hands of Shredder and Krang, making this episode feel like an awkward fit in the flow of the season. Senna was fourth with Boutsen fifth and Prost sixth.
Senna looked fine until lap 43 when he was lapping Piercarlo Ghinzani's Ligier and went off across a sand trap at the Parabolica. Piquet's race ended with an engine failure in the closing laps and so fourth place went to Alboreto with Boutsen fifth and Satoru Nakajima sixth. Prost scored 105 points during the year, but only 87 points were counted toward the championship. Rounding out the points were Berger, Gugelmin and Patrese. The top six cars were all sitting very close and when the rain started to fall, so did Prost.