A funny quote of Alain's mother  

Once, when the younger Alain drove the Prost family car, his mom asked him to change places. She said: "How bad you drive!"



  Some funny quotes of Alain himself  

Alain Prost once asked the journalists: "Do you know, why I really love my helmet that much? Because it makes me 15 centimetres taller!"

Due to Nigel Roebuck, Alain once said: "Does it scare me, driving into nothing at 300kph? - Of course it does - I'm not an idiot..."

Again a quote that comes from Nigel Roebuck: When Alain was asked, if boxing did account for his crooked nose, Alain answered: "Ah, non! It has been broken four times, you know. First time in a car accident on the road, second time showing the police how the accident happened... no, no, second time on roller skates, third time falling down stairs, fourth time falling off someone's shoulders..."

In 1986, after a flight in a Mirage of the French Air Force, I set off home, only to be caught in a radar trap, doing well in excess of my speed limit. The police man looked me up and down disdainfully before asking: "Who do you think you are - Alain Prost?"

During a press conference after the Canadian Grand Prix, I was demonstrating how I had outbraked someone or other when my chair skidded. I did a backward roll and disappeared from view under the dais, to the amusement and sympathetic applause of the assembled US and Canadian press.

In Detroit, I hit the wall slap bang in front of the pits. I was disgusted at having dropped a clanger like that in full view of the stands and I scuttled off as soon as I decently could to hide my shame... When I got back to my car the following day, there was a little scrap of paper scotchtaped to the windscreen. This is standard procedure, and normally serves to remind the driver that new brake discs have been mouted or that a fresh gearbox has to be nursed. In this way, the head mechanic can alert the driver to important details he should look out for during practice. The scrap of paper had the following message: "Differential, brakes, wishbone upper left, wishbone upper right, steering, suspension, gearbox, engine, heat exchanger, underbody, wings - all new. Three hours sleep." - That was the damage I'd done the day before...

In his book "Life in the Fast Lane", Alain wrote about how hard it is to go outside in peace: "Not so very long ago, I was skiing in Meribel. I had found a huge balaclava helmet and I was wearing outsize ski goggles. Just as I was about to launch myself downhill, a perfect stranger standing next to me tapped me on the shoulder. 'Ça va, Alain?'"



  Imola 1984 - A funny "Prostist story"  

Alain Prost tells the story himself: "After the last training session for the day I went back to the hotel at 5 p.m., Willi Dungl gave me a massage and I ate something before setting the alarm clock for 7:45 am and turning in at 7 p.m. for my eleven hours of needed sleep. Suddenly, I heared the alarm clock ringing, I got up, shaved myself, and put on my driving suit. Then I took the elevator downstairs and noticed it was 20:15... So, I only slept about 45 minutes!! Fortunately, nobody has seen me - or else they would have thought: Now Prost gone mad!"



  More funny "Prostist stories"  

These two stories are told by the British Formula 1 journalist Nigel Roebuck:

Probably no one ever made the driving of a grand prix car look as easy as Alain did. He was quite uncannily smooth. I remember watching qualifying at Monaco one year with Denis Jenkinson, and we talked about who was going to be on pole. There were various possibilities and then suddenly they announced that Prost had just shattered the previous best time. "Now where the hell did that come from?" said 'Jenks'. "Didn't even notice he was out..."

Alain was astonishingly easy on equipment, and I doubt that any other great driver ever made so few mistakes. At a Donington test years ago I remember chatting with Eddie Cheever, who was looking out over the track. "I don't believe it!" Eddie said. "Prost just spun!" He was silent for a few seconds. "Oh, what the hell, he'll probably do it again in another three or four years..."



  German "Prostist joke", End 1985  

To understand this joke, you have to know that "Prost!" means "Cheers!" in German. And that Niki Lauda was Alain's teammate at this time and Alain won the Championship. The joke is very short:

"Do you know, why Niki Lauda doesn't go to parties anymore?"
"No, no idea!"
"Because all the people say "Prost!" the whole time!!"



  1986 - Another funny "Prostist story"  

Heinz Prüller wrote in his book "Grand Prix Story 86" about Alain Prost: "I usually meet him at oversea-flights. He always wears golf- or Mickey Mouse t-shirts and is the last one who comes into the plane, with sleeping-pills in his suitcase. Nobody sleeps as good and fast during oversea-flights as Alain does. Once, as an airplane had to return from the runway before the take-off, Alain already was fast asleep - they had to carry him out of the airplane."



  Funny "Prostist quotes" 1987  

In 1987, now retired, Rosberg came to most races as a TV commentator. During a Grand Prix, Rosberg exclaimed: "That McLaren understeers like a pig! Only Prost can drive it properly. I've been watching him closely, and his technique is totally different from anyone else's."



  Funny "Prostist quotes" 1988  

After another race with both McLaren-drivers (Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna) finishing in the top two, Alain said: "We can not drive slower, just to make the races more exciting."

Alain's wife Anne-Marie is a big fan of Alessandro Nannini. So, Alain asked a journalist to get an autograph from Alessandro Nannini for his wife. The question of Alessandro Nannini: "Are you sure that you don't mean my sister Gianna?" (His sister Gianna Nannini is a famous singer).



  Funny "Prostist quotes" 1989  

After being called "the new Prost" in France, Jean Alesi said: "Alain is three times world champion! I am just an apprentice..."



  Funny "Prostist quotes" 1990  

The following quote comes from a fan: The warm-up to the 1990 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City hat to be stopped because of a big black dog on the track. Alain Prost obviously said about it: "The dog was behaving better than many drivers when being overtaken. Besides that, it was very fast!"



  Funny "Prostist quotes" 1991  

Alain Prost said: "The difference between me and Senna is, to BELIEVE in god or to think YOU ARE god..."

Niki Lauda said about Alain Prost: "Enzo Ferrari would have thrown him out of the team much sooner..."



  Funny "Prostist quotes" 1992  

At the third GP in 1992, Jean Alesi said: "Since both Prost and Piquet don't drive in F1 anymore, I feel myself like an orphan..."

Alain Prost said about the Ferrari driver Ivan Capelli: "Ivan has to learn how to lie to the italian press."

Williams driver Riccardo Patrese said: "Do you see Prost in the blue Williams driver suit? Blue doesn't fit him at all..."



  Funny "Prostist quotes" 1997  

After the heavy accident of Oliver Panis, Alain Prost answered the question if he thought about replacing Panis himself: "I could explain it to you for hours, but to reduce it to a common denominator - no."



  Funny "Prostist quotes" 1999  

At the French GP weekend, Corrado Provera from Peugeot said regarding the future plans of Team Prost and Peugeot: "We have decided to not yet decide anything."

When Alain was asked, if the smaller engine for 2000 will allow the team to design a completely different car regarding aerodynamics, Alain answered: "Absolutely! We are talking about centimetres!" - After that, Alain had to laugh hard!



  Funny "Prostist quotes" 2000  

In a chat after the first practice session for the Belgium Grand Prix 2000, Alain Prost was asked the following question: "Do you think F1 should be a mixed sport; men and women?" - Alain answered: "Yes, men during the day and women in the evening!"



  Funny "Prostist quotes" 2002  

In the German racing magazine sport auto, they wrote in a story about Renault in Formula One: "Prost drove for Renault from 1881 to 1983"! And I always thought that the first car races took part in 1894, so obviously 13 years after Alain's career started!

In an interview with former Team Prost driver Olivier Panis, the interviewers and Olivier took a taxi cab in London. Olivier said: "I love these taxis". The interviewer: "But they're even slower than a '98 Prost". Olivier answered laughing: "Yes, but not much slower!"



  Funny "Prostist quotes" 2004  

During the Andros Trophy ice race in Serre Chevalier (which was won by Alain), Alain did not succeed to avoid hitting another race car, which was standing in the middle of a turn. After the incident, Alain's race car looked like a pick-up truck, as he lost the back part of the car! Being asked about it in an interview with French TV-channel TF1, Alain said: "It's a typical beginner's mistake, but I'm still young and learning!"



  Funny "Prostist TV quotes"  

Murray: "And there are flames coming from the back of Prost's car as he enters the swimming pool."
James: "Well, that should put them out then."

Murray: "Senna 1st, Prost 2nd and Berger 3rd that makes up the top four!"

Murray: "Well, let's, uh, lugsh, luxurrriate in a little hypothesis and try to work out what, if anything, is wrong with Alain Prost." (Prost was being caught by Berger late in the race.) "Has he got tyre problems? Very unlikely. Is Prost having fuel trouble? Well, who knows? I think it's a bit unlikely. Is Prost having gearbox trouble? I can't tell you. And since P, uh, Prost is unlikely to come on the radio and let me know, you'll have to guess along with me..."

Murray: "Alain Prost is in a commanding second place."

Murray: "With modern technology and fantastic car-to-pits radio, Piquet now knows he can see Prost in front of him."

Murray: "Prost can see Mansell in his earphones."

Murray in Suzuka: "That was exactly the same place where Senna overtook Nannini that he didn't overtake Alain Prost."

"And it's Mansell ...Mansell...Nigel Mansell," screamed Murray in top gear while describing the 1990 Monaco Grand Prix - only to realise in a fit of apologies that viewers were actually watching Alain Prost!

Martin Brundle: "Apparently in Spain 1990 Murray, Prost was first and Nigel Mansell - Our Nige - was second in the Ferrari, and I'd like to pretend I knew that."

Murray: "There goes Panis in the Prost. For years we knew them as Ligiers, because that is what they were called."

Murray: "Yes! Jean Alesi has just gone round in 2 minutes and 2 seconds, so that's three seconds faster in the Prost than Alesi in the McLaren."


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