Formula One legend Alain Prost sees no reason why the Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen combination won’t work for Ferrari next year.
Prost was involved in two of the most contentious F1 team lineups in history, with Ayrton Senna at McLaren and Nigel Mansell at Ferrari. However, he says that having two star drivers can help a team.
“Only next year will tell us, because that can work very well; there’s no question,” he said in Singapore. “It has worked well in the past. Everybody thinks about Ayrton and myself, but it has also worked well, it has worked well also for the team, because we really put the team on the top. Obviously if you have a problem, the management has to make it work. So it’s going to be more difficult, but it can work. I don’t know if it’s the right choice – we are going to see next year.”
He conceded that the fact that the drivers have such contrasting approaches could help: “It should be easier, for sure, because Kimi has a different character.”
Meanwhile, Prost agreed that modern drivers have different personalities compared to his day.
“They have changed, but it’s normal,” he said. “Society has changed. … Look at Sebastian (Vettel); he’s going to be maybe four times World Champion this year, 26 years old. I won my first race at 26, so you cannot compare. It’s a different generation.
“They never lived with accidents, the risk, so it’s also a different mentality. The way they work now with the cars and teams, it is obviously very different, it’s much more electronic, it’s much more organized; that’s why you can’t compare. But the ability, the skill, the talent, is still there. And we have a good generation of drivers.”Alain Prost, Fernando Alonso, Formula 1, Kimi Raikkonen