“I Hate That” – Alpine Director Threatens to Quit F1 Over Ferrari’s Latest Proposal

Published 09/19/2021, 5:12 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Massimo Pinca


Ever since 2020, Formula 1’s motive has shifted to producing better and equal racing amongst the teams by restricting technical regulations to a certain level and infusing budget cap into the sport. In addition to that, Ferrari recently revived the buzz surrounding the introduction of the reverse grid into F1.

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However, Alain Prost, former Ferrari & McLaren driver, confessed his hate towards the reverse grid. During a podcast led by the Alpine F1 team, the 4-time world champion reckoned that he would quit the sport. Why? You might ask.

Alain Prost, Grand Prix of Germany, Hockenheimring, July 28, 1991. (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)

Well, according to the Frenchman, F1 is all about dominance, meaning the best team wins. Hence, altering the tradition to increase competitiveness within teams would sabotage the effort of the best team.

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I hate that! I hate that! If they would introduce a reverse grid in Formula 1, I think I would quit the sport,” he said while featuring in the ‘Prost in the Paddock‘ podcast.

Because I think it’s the worse you can do for Formula 1. I prefer to have a domination of a team because they have done the best job rather than having that.

Prost opposes the latest Ferrari suggestion

The 66-year-old reckoned that he is open to F1 experimenting with such new concepts, but he does fear that F1 might deviate from its traditional path, which has been the case for the past 70 years.

I am very happy of that testing things, you know, if it’s possible. But, you need to understand why you want to make these decisions. What is the reason for… you know?” Prost said.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads into the first corner at the start of sprint qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Formula 1 has to stay sort of traditions that mean technology and pinnacle of the sport and we need to understand that winning team or the best team has to win because it’s the best, not because it’s the spirit at the end of Formula 1,” the Frenchman added.

Overall, while Ferrari are open to reverse grid, Mercedes and Red Bull don’t seem as interested, considering both the teams have worked quite hard over the past couple of years to lay a strong dominion, and scraping it away wouldn’t play fair to either of them.

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So, will Ferrari’s bid for the reverse grid receive the nod from F1? Well, only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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