Alain Prost has returned to attend the paddock permanently since he assumed the role of non-executive director of the Renault team. From the height of his experience as a driver and also as a team manager (although this last career was not brilliant), the 4-time world champion can give an authoritative opinion on what happens in the team that hosted him in the 1990-91 seasons : the Ferrari.
Montezemolo: "In 2018 Hamilton would have won with Ferrari"
In particular, the 64-year-old from Lorette said, in an interview with the agency AFP, that the internal situation of the Maranello team will not become more peaceful with the passage of time. In 2020, in fact, he hypothesized new "quarrels" between Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel: "It will be difficult for Ferrari to avoid new ones conflicts between Vettel and Leclerc. The only way to get out of it is to give them the opportunity to compete and be real rivals. Later in the season, if a driver of the two had a problem, and the other won a couple of races, then there would be room for a change of approach in relationships". Prost thus "advised" Ferrari to let its pilots free, and to use team orders only if one of them was cut off from the standings.
An armchair for two
The idea is diametrically opposed to the one proposed by Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, who believes that for Maranello it would be better to opt for a team composed of a designated number 1 and a good quality number 2; the latter able to bring points for the constructors' championship and to hold on to the rankings in the event of the leader's absence. In this regard Montezemolo cited the examples of Irvine in 1999 and Massa in 2008, missing champions by a whisker, and Barrichello in 2000, 'conqueror' of points (in particular with the victory in Germany and second place in Canada) then they returned to Michael Schumacher in the challenge against the McLarens.