Alain Prost believes his F1 rival Ayrton Senna was at a loss for motivation within the speedy aftermath of Prost’s retirement from the game.
Prost retired from Method 1 on the conclusion of the 1993 season, leaving the game as World Champion as he sailed to the title with Williams.
Whereas Prost cashed in on the dominance of the Williams, his closest rival was Ayrton Senna – regardless of the Brazilian driving a considerably underpowered McLaren-Ford that also managed to complete in first on 5 events in Senna’s fingers.
Each stood on the rostrum collectively for the ultimate time on the 1993 Australian Grand Prix, as Prost departed the game for the peace of retirement, whereas Senna was to imagine Prost’s cockpit at Williams for 1994. Sadly, the transfer was met with tragedy, as Senna was killed just some months later as he crashed out of the lead of the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
Senna and Prost’s relationship is broadly thought to be the epitome of simply how bitter and spiteful an F1 rivalry can get, with the 2 titans of the game step by step falling out whereas teammates at McLaren within the mid-late Eighties.
Famously, the pair would collide within the championship decider at Suzuka in 1989 – the sight of the 2 tangled McLarens on the chicane turning into one in every of F1’s most well-known moments. Prost can be the final word beneficiary on that event, main Senna to get revenge a yr later as he collided with Prost (now driving for Ferrari) into the primary nook on the opening lap.
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Whereas the connection was toxic for the 2 rivals throughout their heady years, there have been indicators of thawing as Prost’s profession wound down. Senna would famously relay a message to Prost throughout his closing weekend at Imola, radioing in from the cockpit to say: “A particular hi there to my pricey…our pricey pal Alain, in France. All of us miss you Alain.”
Prost himself has opened up on the ultimate months of his relationship with Senna, commenting that he felt the Brazilian driver had been left somewhat misplaced by his retirement – Michael Schumacher’s rise to the entrance of F1 would solely start in Senna’s closing races.
“We communicated a lot with Ayrton the times after my retirement,” Prost stated in a particular interview for French broadcaster L’Equipe.
“I felt he was not effectively. He known as me typically. Generally twice per week.
“He by no means phoned me whereas I used to be nonetheless racing. He had, with out me, misplaced his bearings. I used to be in all probability his supply of motivation. It’s arduous to know…”
Prost can be a pallbearer at Senna’s funeral in Brazil in Could 1994, with the 2 rivals by no means fairly reaching the purpose of having the ability to flip their widespread experiences into a possible friendship as soon as the fires of competitors had been extinguished.
Talking from the vantage level of virtually 30 years later, it’s maybe this data of what might need been meaning Prost seems to be again on his time with Senna with bittersweet delight.
“We each lived an unbelievable human and psychological story,” he stated.
“You must keep on the attractive recollections.”