Thursday, June 28, 2007

Prost: Hamilton good for F1

Former F1 champion Alain Prost believes having a driver such as Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1 is good for the image of the sport. But it is also good for his team-mate and double world champion Fernando Alonso as he will has to work harder to beat his team-mate.
"Most of all, I think it is good for the sport, good for the team and good for everyone - even Alonso," Prost told Reuters. "He will learn from this and be harder and faster in the future." Prost knows exactly how it feels when you have to fight your team-mate. Prost had to fight Ayrton Senna at McLaren. "You think you are the only son and then you find out that there is another one - and then you think that maybe they like him more than you. It is so different from past years. In the past, it has been about the racing or the technology, but this is about the human factor. It is all about the psychology. And, I must say, I know just how Alonso must be feeling. "Usually, in this situation, the drivers are of different generations, but these two are separated by only two or three years. And both are new in the team. That makes it more difficult for Alonso. He wanted to go to McLaren because it was like a dream for him - he expected to feel like a number one - but now he is there he is finding he is not the only one in the family. "When you have a young driver against one who has been winning, then the people, the media and everyone all support the new and young driver. That is how it is. I think it must be very difficult for him to motivate himself in this situation. Even if it is not true that the team favour Lewis in any way - and I am sure they do not - that does not stop Alonso having that feeling."

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