Monday, March 3, 2008

Alain Prost Needs to Pay More Attention to the News

Quote from Alain Prost ( today:

"The Ferrari will always be there, so we don't know about Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa - it depends on whether Kimi has the same motivation or not," he said. "Fernando Alonso will be just a little bit behind, but quite close."

This whole business was in an article where Prost gives his (positive) opinion about Hamilton winning the championship this year. Not that I would ever dream of counting Hamilton out of the championship, but I just think that Prost is mis-thinking/underthinking this. I don't see why Kimi Raikkonen would not be motivated this season. See here, Alain Prost:

1) Kimi Raikkonen has never been an unmotivated person. Ever.
2) Being title defender is motivation enough.
3) Kimi Raikkonen really deserved to have more titles in the past and therefore wants to win more in the future.

Also, that bit about Alonso makes me wonder if Alain Prost has been paying attention to anything that's happened this winter or been listening to anything Fernando Alonso has been saying. Example:

"We are very far, very far. I think it's looking like at the end of last year: two Ferraris, two McLarens and two BMWs, and if everything goes like that, you can almost only fight for seventh place. Thinking about the podium would be too optimistic right now, but then you arrive in the first grand prix, you start warming up in practice, your morale starts going up and you think you can be on the podium. But right now, thinking coldly, reaching the podium is a dream. In our current shape it will be hard to make it into Q3."

-Fernando Alonso

While I don't agree with the BMW part (Kubica just admitted again today that he sees serious problems with the car and since he is driving it, I'm going to go ahead and believe him), I think Alonso is frankly quite right. Renault really needs a very small miracle or a lot of luck.

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