Alain Prost believes his career is “completely underrated” due to comparisons with Senna

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By winning the Brazilian Grand Prix last November, Max Verstappen took his 52nd victory in Formula 1. The Dutchman officially overtook Alain Prost to become the 4th most successful man in the category (he has since also overtaken Sebastian Vettel).

The three-time world champion, the Red Bull driver is getting closer to the Frenchman on the list of awards. The “Professor” won four titles and is considered one of the best in the history of the sport. Alain Prost is also known for his now legendary rivalry with Ayrton Senna. The two men, teammates and then rivals, waged very tense battles until the Frenchman retired at the end of 1993.

Prost had 5 world champions as teammates

The former Ferrari driver believes his rivalry with Senna has done him a disservice as his career is undervalued today.

“Sometimes I wonder how I'll be remembered. It seems like a joke, but I'm totally underrated! I don't know why, but it's kind of my brand.” Prost explains for Motor Sport magazine.

“It will stay like this forever, it's part of history. But look at my other teammates. I had five world champions as teammates, so it's a bit of a shame. Today you have social media and everyone looks back at videos of our fights. Sometimes I don't understand. My career didn't just last two or three years.”

With Niki Lauda, ‚Äč‚ÄčKeke Rosberg, Damon Hill, Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell as teammates, Alain Prost rarely had it easy. That didn't stop him beating them all except Senna in their first year together in 1988 (the Brazilian won the title ahead of Prost).

The statistics clearly show that Prost had something more than his rivals at the time, and that if he had fallen in the second period than his Brazilian rival, his record could have been even higher. Even today, the Ligerian is the only French driver who was world champion in Formula 1. And four times!


The four-time world champion looked back on his career, which he believes has not been properly evaluated. For Prost, the adversity he has faced means that the prevailing picture of his time in F1 is not accurate.

Cyprien Juilhard

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