Alain Prost Reveals How Ben Sulayem Beat Him to the FIA President Following Todt Exit

Published 01/18/2022, 5:26 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 14: Alain Prost, Special Advisor to Renault Sport F1 looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Alain Prost has left his role as the Non-Executive Director of Alpine. This is the second high-profile exit from the French team in the last two weeks after Marcin Budkowski left as F1 head. The four-time world champion helped to guide the team to fight in the midfield since his arrival.

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Prost was left disappointed in the manner that Alpine announced his departure. He stated he thought that the two parties would make the announcement together, but he claimed the team had no respect. Prost revealed he will not take any positions in F1 right now. Interestingly, he stated that he was close to taking the role of FIA President.

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I was very close to running as president of the FIA: Alain Prost

Mohammed Ben Sulayem replaced the departing Jean Todt as the FIA President in late December. As reported by Formula Passion, the Frenchman stated he was in contention for the FIA President post.

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” I was very close to running as president of the FIA, but by now it was too late. I have been in F1 for almost 40 years covering all possible figures, from driver to team manager, passing through the boards of directors of McLaren and Renault,” said Alain.

Alain Prost portrait during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Monaco on 25th of May, 2018 in Montecarlo, Monaco. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“I also chaired the GPWC, which is the championship that the manufacturers wanted to create at the end of the 2000s to counter Bernie Ecclestone’s power in F1 and I would have liked to have been at the head of the FIA, but at the moment, I’m not looking for anything in particular. I just want to be happy and work with people I feel in tune with,” said Prost.

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It would have been interesting if Alain Prost was the new FIA President after Jean Todt. He has the experience required for the job and is an advocate for increased safety measures in motorsports. Let’s see what lies ahead for the four-time world champion.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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