‘Joyeux Anniversaire!’ – Ferrari, McLaren Come Together to Wish Their Former F1 Driver Alain Prost on His Birthday

Published 02/24/2021, 9:55 AM EST
Ferrari driver Alain Prost at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix. (Photo by Patrick Behar/Corbis via Getty Images)


A wickedly fast, highly underrated ‘Professor’ turns 66 today. That man is none other than four-time F1 world champion, Alain Prost. He drove for some of the best teams on the grid during his career – Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, and Renault.

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The Frenchman left quite an impression on those teams as well. So, naturally, on the occasion of his birthday, they took to social media platforms to send across their best wishes.

Alain Prost left for Ferrari at the end of his 1989 F1 campaign when his relationship with Ayrton Senna became too toxic at McLaren. Even though he could not help deliver the glory at the Italian outfit in the subsequent years, they have come forward to wish him on his big day.

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McLaren were not going to be left behind. After all, Prost won three of his four F1 World Championships with them. He created a lasting legacy at the Woking-based outfit. They, too, took to Twitter and wished him a very happy birthday.

Prost had an influence on Senna at McLaren before his Ferrari stint

Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna shared a rivalry like no other in the history of the sport. But before everything turned sour between the pair at McLaren, they were actually on good terms.

It was Prost who recommended Senna to the team. And according to former F1 driver Stefan Johansson, Senna must have learned the techniques from Prost.

“I am therefore convinced that even Ayrton Senna once learned things from Alain. Prost was simply very rational. Ayrton himself was much more emotional and wanted to beat Prost as quickly as possible,” said Johansson.

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 25: Alain Prost, Special Advisor to Renault Sport F1 walks to the garage before qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 25, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

“That made him loved by the fans, but I think Prost’s approach is better if you want to win a lot of titles. Prost worked in a much more structured way.”

It is true that Prost was the more methodical of the two. He was brilliant at setting up his car for the race weekend, much like Niki Lauda. He was a phenomenal driver, and it is no wonder they called him the Professor.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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