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Alain Prost

  • French driver
  • Born February 24, 1955

Alain Marie Pascal Prost OBE (born 24 February 1955) is a retired French racing driver and a four-time Formula One Drivers' Champion. From 1987 until 2001 Prost held the record for most Grand Prix victories and is considered as one of the greatest F1 drivers ever. Michael Schumacher surpassed Prost's total of 51 victories at the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix. In 1999, Prost received the World Sports Awards of the Century in the motor sport category.Prost discovered karting at the age of 14 during a family holiday.


I remember in the first part of the race I was sixth and I could have gone quicker, but I had to go slow. It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done.




I have always had this mentality because I hated to break anything on the car.




It's like when people talk about driving F1 cars in the rain. I have absolutely no problem with it.




I have no problem with the people who work hard to get success. But I think people are very jealous about success. I work very hard and they don't appreciate that.




When I test I never go right to the limit. Only because when you are below the limit you can go at the same speed all day, and that's the only way you can be absolutely sure about what you are testing.




It's not too good to have this attitude in F1. It could be a disadvantage.




It's always better to speak the language of the team. Not only for the direct contact with everyone - sometimes it also helps you to understand the mentality of the people in the team a bit better.




You were not in control You had no visibility: maybe there was a car in front of you, maybe not.




People don't understand that it was maybe my biggest pleasure to drive an F1 car when it's wet.




So in fact the only thing you can judge in this sport its the longterm. You can judge a career or a season, but not one race.




Without going to what I think is my limit. I always say that my ideal is to get pole with the minimum effort, and to win the race at the slowest speed possible.




You can't always have the best team. It's always a compromise.




Sometimes I think I could have got some better results if I had a different mentality; if I could have pushed hard and attacked. But then I would have had a good chance of making a mistake.




I have had some problems because the French don't like people to have success, they don't like the number one.




The people who criticise you will not be the ones taking care of your legs when you are in your wheelchair. People who never drove a car in these conditions, they just don't know.




Some Italians are geniuses, but you have to find a balance.




You want to have fun but you also want to work well. Sometimes I was quite happy at Ferrari, because we would have fun, but then they could not stop having fun and go back to the real work.




I'm brave to say that I won't take this sort of risk.




When you win a race like this the feeling is very, very good.




I like the mentality of the Americans. It's like when you talk about money.




I don't like to go over curbs, because I don't want to be hard on the car.




In 1980 I finished three or four times in seventh place.




That is an important part of my success. Another big part of my success is that I hated not to finish a race.




A German team could be quite good. But maybe they are a little bit too convinced that they are the best.




I always work the same way, starting from the beginning of the weekend, so I know at the beginning of the race, from all that I have analysed during the practice, whether I will win the race or not.




One of my biggest problems this season was with the clutch at the start of the race. I hate to risk the car.




Maybe I am not French, maybe I am from nowhere.




I was very interested in that. It is very important to have confidence as well as to build up experience.




I think maybe the English don't want to try something and look stupid, because they are a bit reserved.



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