“Ayrton Senna misplaced his bearings with out me,” reminisces former F1 rival and teammate Alain Prost

Alain Prost believes that his F1 retirement led to his rival Ayrton Senna shedding motivation within the sport.

4-time Formulation 1 world champion Prost retired on the finish of the 1994 season, successful the title with Williams Racing. Whereas he made probably the most of a dominant automobile, Senna was with a McLaren-Ford workforce that did not put collectively the fitting automobile.

Regardless of that, the Brazilian did his greatest to problem for podium finishes, even successful 5 instances. The 2, in truth, have been teammates at McLaren within the Eighties. Their relationship wasn’t the warmest, with each clashing a number of instances through the years.

Each drivers final shared a podium on the 1993 Australian Grand Prix earlier than Senna changed the retired Prost at Williams in 1994.

Regardless of the evident animosity at their peak, they mellowed down by the tip of Prost’s profession. Within the Frenchman’s remaining profession race, Senna addressed him from his cockpit saying:

“A particular whats up to my pricey… our pricey buddy Alain, in France. All of us miss you, Alain.”

Prost, in an interview with L’Equipe, acknowledged that Ayrton Senna ‘misplaced his bearings’ following his retirement. He stated (through PlanetF1):

“We communicated a lot with Ayrton the times after my retirement. I felt he was not properly. He known as me usually. Typically twice every 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 onerous to grasp…”

Trying again at their careers, Prost stated:

“We each lived an unimaginable human and psychological story. It’s a must to keep on the gorgeous recollections.”

Veteran F1 journalist compares Ayrton Senna to Lewis Hamilton

Veteran F1 journalist Peter Windsor has claimed that Ayrton Senna had a Lewis Hamilton-like driving model, although the Brazilian driver was at a ‘greater stage’.

Explaining his assertion, Windsor acknowledged that whereas the Brazilian had a ‘Hamilton-like’ linear model of driving, he was higher than the seven-time world champion in sure areas. He stated (through SilverArrows.web):

“I feel Ayrton Senna was pretty linear truly in the way in which he drove, which was very Lewis-like, however his nook entries weren’t as early as Alain Prost’s to my eye.”

“And Ayrton all the time had that enterprise of the throttle blipping the place he simply needed to really feel that second to get the ability on, whereas Lewis and Michael by no means had to do this with a purpose to discover that second. So you might suppose, what made Ayrton so nice? Effectively, what made Ayrton so nice was his unimaginable precision.”

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