Since his role as Executive Director at Alpine, Alain Prost may well be focused on the quest for fifth place in the constructors championship, he does not lose a crumb of the titanic battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen for the world title. The quadruple World Champion is delighted to attend “an incredible duel” and insists on the good that this season can do for Formula 1, despite the controversies of recent days.
“My opinion is that it’s an incredible duel”, he assures the microphone of Canal +. “I think you have to take advantage of it, really. I think it’s great for our sport.” The Frenchman also confesses that the current situation is “fairly comparable” in some ways to the one he knew as a pilot during his fights against Ayrton Senna. “We were talking about a generation struggle at the time because there was a five or six year gap, and there they are more than 12 or 13”, he emphasizes. “But these are two great drivers, with different talents, but still, it’s great.”
This generational conflict, the Professor observes above all on the question of the winners between Hamilton and Verstappen, recalling that the former has “a lot of experience” and that he already has seven world titles on the clock. For his rival, the situation is obviously different since “absolutely must win at least one”, from Prost. “Because you know”, he adds, “Me, when I knew 1982, 1983, 1984, where I missed … we say to ourselves ‘Okay, now I missed the opportunities and maybe we will never have them again’. So c ‘is still quite complicated “.
Ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix this afternoon, Verstappen has 14 points ahead of Hamilton in the championship, but the momentum is on the side of Mercedes. A regain of form that Prost puts in particular on the healthy emulation which benefits Hamilton.
“Whatever happens, what I mean is that, either one or the other, they will be two amazing champions.”, he concludes. “Because their season is still great. And Max is a bit lucky for Lewis today. He has extra motivation, he can’t fall asleep, and there’s nothing better that could happen to him. after winning seven titles and over 100 victories. “