Former Scuderia Ferrari driver Alain Prost comments on the Maranello team’s disappointing outcome for the 2018 Formula 1 season, highlighting the errors made the Italian side in the second part of the year, which gave Lewis Hamilton the opportunity to win a fifth Formula 1 world championship after a battle which should have been a lot closer given Ferrari’s strong start of the season.
“I always said this year, if you are Sebastian or Lewis, you cannot have a problem of motivation because they were both four times champions, and they knew that there would be a fight between them, so they’d be the first one at five,” Alain Prost said, as reported earlier today by Autosport.
“What you ask of a driver and his team, to be world champion in this situation, is a mix of stability, being consistent, not trying to get stupid points when you can’t because you need to accept sometimes to finish second, third or fourth. If in a few places where you really need to find the time to get on pole, like Singapore, Hamilton was there. Of course he had a small bit of luck sometimes, because it’s a long season. Also when Sebastian did one or two mistakes, after that you could see Hamilton was so strong and motivated, because he knew that if Sebastian left the door open, he had to come in. Ferrari did a lot of mistakes, and Sebastian, if you think of Baku, Germany, China. Then what do you do, do you put more pressure to them? That’s why the season was really well managed by Lewis and the team.” – the four-time Formula One Drivers’ Champion concluded, as reported by Autosport.