Alain Prost: “Fortunately there was no social media”


Formula 1 legend Alain Prost not only celebrated many successes during his remarkable GP career. The four-time world champion also went through difficult times that he can still remember well.

When Alain Prost looks back on his career, he can look forward to many successes: The Frenchman managed to win the World Cup crown four times (1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993), 51 times he was on the highest podium, 106 times he made it into the top 3. But the now 66-year-old also went through difficult times.

In a YouTube interview with Nico Rosberg, the GP veteran remembers about his second year in Renault. In this he drove alongside the crowd favorite René Arnoux, who refused to listen to the team orders at the home game in Le Castellet in 1982 and let Alain Prost win.

Prost says: “It was a very difficult time with Renault and it all started with this French GP in 1982. The team management asked René to let me pass if the Brabham racers should stop – because their engine wasn’t the most reliable – and we went to the first positions. Because I was ahead in the World Cup. René said it wasn’t a problem. And when exactly this situation occurred in the race, he didn’t let me pass. I can understand that you don’t want that when it comes to victory, but I would have preferred if he had said that from the start. “

The public reaction to the rivalry between the two French was fierce, and in retrospect Prost admits: “It wasn’t easy to put it away, I had the same experience in Imola in 1989 with Ayrton Senna. It’s very difficult in human terms. I am a very direct person when it comes to being fair or giving my word. I found it hard to accept that the people around me are not like that. “

“As a driver, you turn to the people you love and who love you,” the former GP star knows. “But you still have to deal with the media and the press. Fortunately there was no social media back then because that would have been a disaster. “

Planned Formula 1 World Cup in 2022

23-25 February: Test drives Barcelona, ​​Spain
11-13 March: Test drives Sakhir, Bahrain
March 20: Sakhir, Bahrain
March 27: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
April 10: Melbourne, Australia
April 24th: Imola, Italy
May 8: Miami, USA
May 22nd: Barcelona, ​​Spain
May 29: Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 12: Baku, Azerbaijan
June 19: Montreal, Canada
July 3: Silverstone, Great Britain
July 10: Spielberg, Austria
July 24th: Le Castellet, France
July 31: Budapest, Hungary
August 28th: ​​Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 4th: Zandvoort, Netherlands
September 11th: Monza, Italy
September 25: Sochi, Russia
October 2: Singapore
October 9: Suzuka, Japan
October 23: Austin, USA
October 30: Mexico City, Mexico
November 13: São Paulo, Brazil
November 20: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

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