His thirteen seasons in the F1, in which he got 51 wins y four titles, added to his time as owner of his own team and as an advisor in other teams, allow the French Alain Prost be a word more than authorized when talking about past, present and future of the highest category.
On the eve of the start of a new championship, Prost, special adviser to Alpine, gave his point of view of F.1 in an extensive talk with Guru GowrappanCEO Verizon Media Group, a division of Verizon Communications hosting a trusted media ecosystem with premium brands like Yahoo y TechCrunch.
In the extensive heads up, which you can see in the video that accompanies this article, Prost and Gowrappan talk about how F.1 coped with the coronavirus pandemic, but they also share opinions on the changes that the specialty has undergone in The last decades.
Prost recalled his days as a pilot and explained the differences that exist today. “It is a completely different environment in terms of tools. You still have the car, the steering wheel, the engine and the technology, which has evolved in a big way; but the biggest difference is information and data. Now we know everything about tires, brakes, aerodynamics, engines, consumption… Information and data have completely changed life and our work ", Assured.
Nicknamed The Professor for his analytical way of practicing sports, Prost acknowledged that he feels comfortable today because he is passionate about data, although he confessed that you must know how to use it: “I love the statistics, the numbers, the percentages; It is something I want to know, although you must understand that the information may not be true all the time, even with that, I do not want to lose my perception for the numbers, if you only trust the data, you lose that feeling, you need to commit to both . I tend to move within both of us. "
On his learnings amid the coronavirus pandemic and what to expect this year, Alain highlighted: “2021 will be another intermittent year due to COVID-19, but it is also a year to build the new car for 2022. That the team is fully up and running is interesting and important, although we know it will be a difficult championship. Beating Mercedes or Red Bull will not be easy. The important thing in life and in any area of it is to be there, it does not matter if you achieve success in one, two or three years, the important thing is to make the progression to reach it ”.