F1 » Prost: McLaren need to strike back immediately


Alain Prost: I really thought that from the beginning of the year they [McLaren] would be the favourite because they started quite well, but they lost ground and it's very difficult to understand

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JOHN - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 3:47 PM

So says the man himself ('The Professor') whose sole aim back then was to win races at the slowest possible speed he could get away with, wonder what would he do now if he were racing with these tyres???

herowassenna - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 8:32 PM

Pole Postion,
2 things spring to mind,
1) Button saying he wasn't worried by Alonso for the championship.
2) Hamilton wanted to test at Mugello, yet the team said otherwise, probably because they were following Button's direction on car development.

Hamilton had a bad year last year and Button made the most of the car and tyres as they were last year, but when you look at his career, when have you ever seen Button leading a team in development?
Even in 2009, he was dominant whilst the Brawn was the best, but when it was developed further, he didn't win again because it's development was guided by Barrichello.
Brawn is no fool, he would have developed the car on comments made by the drivers.

Taipan

July 16, 2012 8:37 PM

Prost has more fastest laps than anyone other than Schumacher so the idea that he won races at the slowest speed possible is a myth.
And if he was racing today as some have suggested I'd put plenty on money on him leading the championship by this stage if he was in any of the top 4 teams.

He gave a great interview at Goodwood this year where he gave his views on the Senna documentary, as expected he was painted as the villain despite giving hours of interviews to the directors that never made the film.

stuart - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 9:20 PM

I'm forced to agree with Taipan.

For a start winning races at the slowest possible speed is what every single driver aims to do anyway. Why would you ever go fastest than you needed to?

Also, because of the lofty near mythical status Senna has somehow gained, his greatest rival will always be classed as a villain.

I think Senna was the faster driver by far but Prost's less attractive but more sensible approach won him races...but not a lot of fans!

A great driver.

herowassenna - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 9:25 PM

Your comments are fair Taipan, but Prost himself repeated what he learnt from Lauda.
The points awarded for a win are exactly the same whether he won by a second or a lap.
There never has been any reason to win by a lap, all the driver would be doing is stressing his car to the point of breaking down, something that back in the 80's was a regular occurence.
What about the years that Schumacher and Ferrari dominated F1, how many times did you see the Ferraris "race" until the completion of the second pit stop then throttle back till the end.
Times without number, I remember, Martin Brundle in commentary getting excited by Schumacher's pace falling away, losing 2 or 3 seconds a lap until he crossed the line mere seconds ahead of the next guy. He always thought the car was about to break down.

Taz

July 16, 2012 10:07 PM
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@Taipan

Good comments but prost played politics pretty brutally, to paint him as just a methodical driver who pushed when he had to is simplifying the man.

Like Piquet he'd use any questionable political tactic to gain an edge...Senna and Schumacher both did on the track but off the track I have little time for prost, just my opinion.




Nanbawan - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 10:23 PM

"he was painted as the villain despite giving hours of interviews to the directors that never made the film. "

Actually there is another cut of "Senna" that I saw in which there are much more interviews including the ones by Alain but it's true the movie cut is definitely a biased story about Senna.

It doesn't bother me as long as you know what you're watching...Yet I've heard about people in some US projections who were indeed booing Prost as the villain, and that is plain wrong IMO.

There was an intersting interview on French TV in which "Le Professeur" spoke his mind and it dealt a lot with misunderstanding. What hurt him the most was being vilified in his own country. He also revealed that he quit F1 because of Renault's decision to back Senna instead of him...

MartyMcFly - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 11:27 PM

@Nanbawan

Ignoring the Senna film which some would argue does as much good for facts as Braveheart....I know Scottish history very well, Prost had unhealthy backing from Balestre, similar scenarios are playing out in MotoGP.

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