Austria’s finest, 1993.
1984 title decider at Estoril. In the closest championship finish ever, Alain Prost wins the Grand Prix but loses the title by half a point to team mate Niki Lauda. This would be Lauda’s third and final title. Lauda would have a poor 1985 and retire at the end of the year, while Alain Prost would go on to take his first of four titles and at his retirement in 1993, was leader in the all time winner’s list with 51. Both drivers are considered amongst the finest drivers to ever race in Formula One.
The Ferrari team, 1974 Swedish Grand Prix.
Thats Niki talking to the balding man up front, Luca in the leather jacket and Clay with the moustache.
The 1985 McLaren-TAG team was well equipped with two great drivers at different ends to their careers.
Niki Lauda had just won his third world title the year before by half a point over team mate Alain Prost, who would go on to win his first of four world titles in 1985. The two drivers had greatly differing luck in 1985, with Niki Lauda stricken by unreliability whilst Prost put together a string of good results to clinch the title.
Magnifique interview from le Prof. Discussions of new turbos, driving styles and which teammate he learned most from (surprising answer too!)
Also when asked who his biggest rival was, he is all ‘lol i think you know my answer’ (He doesn’t actually say ‘lol’)
Niki. The first of a new breed of emphatically professional Formula One drivers.
Drivers to follow in his foot steps would be Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. Together, these four would win 17 Championships between them, and shape what the definition of what a Formula One driver should be. To be successful in Formula One today, one would do well to see what these men did to make it to the top. You can see it today in drivers such as Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, and Jenson Button. The term best used to describe these guys is “Complete driver” - fast, great race craft, strong work ethic and strong sense of team work (a trait that maybe escaped Alain Prost).