F1 » Alesi and Prost: The French dream that turned sour

Jean Alesi recalls that he knew the French national dream of Prost Grand Prix was 'in trouble' as soon as he drove the car - but as he reflects on that episode and also his Ferrari days alongside 'Le Professeur', he admits he'd do it all over again...

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January 27, 2011 5:46 PM

Two of my favorite drivers of all time. The precision and mastery with which Prost drove was awe inspiring. The passion with which Alesi drove always brought a smile to my face whether it was at Phoenix during the USGP going hammer & tongs with Senna or during his wonderful drives at the French Grand Prix.

pepik - Unregistered

January 27, 2011 6:13 PM

Prost will always be a great driver. He wasn't agressive in his driving, made very few mistakes and certainely achieved results. He raced with great drivers Lauda,Piquet,Senna and Mansell, which tells he never had a simple life in race tracks. He gave Formula 1 a great contribution, and a lesson to everyone on how to be a gentleman driver and be a winner at the same time.


January 27, 2011 6:21 PM

Prost was probably one of the first "thinking" drivers. He always knew when he was beat and when to get the car home for a good haul of points rather than risk loosing everyting in a desperate move.

It's a real shame that the Prost team didn't work out. Part of the problem was the terrible Peugot engines in 2000 then after that they had engines which wern't worthy of the term engine.

As for Alesi, he should have been a multiple race winner and a champion. The speed and talent was there. Unfortunately he specialised in joining the wrong team at the wrong time and followed his heart and not what was the most sensible route for success.


January 27, 2011 7:02 PM

The Peugeot A20 V10 did had a few teething problems at the start of its life but it wasn't a bad engine with an output of 780 hp at the time.
It was the only V10 to use a roller bearing crankshaft.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

January 27, 2011 11:08 PM

The Prost wasn't so bad in 1997 (ex Ligier/Benetton) and actually in 2001, there were some bright spots. they folded in 2002 despite having completed the car, too bad.

A lot of people have jumped on Alain's throat for that, sure he wasn't the best team principal but other aspects decided for the fate of his team. And after all, a team like Arrows folded as well, those were the years when the manufacturer F1 team were beginning to be the norm, and the explosion of costs with it.

Prost GP was supposed to be the flag carrier of the French effort in F1 following the popular Panis victory at Monaco in 1996. The French authorities actually pushed for the Prost Peugeot reunion which seemed like a golden opportunity.

Alas, things proved to be so difficult then Peugeot whose frustration with F1 was growing decided to concentrate on motorsports that culturally and technically suited them more. Meanwhile the situation of the Prost team was really deteriorating since they could not even conduc

Nanbawan - Unregistered

January 27, 2011 11:15 PM

On a side note, I'm happy to read that Prost and Alesi have mended fences over what happened in 2001.

It must be quite recent because I remember listening to a Prost interview like two years ago and he was still quite mad at Jean...

Alesi -like Herbert can testify- is a different character, he can be furious and come back at you 10 minutes later like nothing never happened...

Googolplex - Unregistered

January 28, 2011 3:39 AM

I always applaud anyone who gives it a crack. Well done Alain Prost for giving it a go as a team owner. You are not tarnished by it, but rather go further up in my opinion as someone who is prepared to still put your reputation on the line when you had nothing more to prove.

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