Prost attacks Ferrari

Alain Prost has criticised Ferrari for favouring Michael Schumacher over team-mate Rubens Barrichello - and reckons that the Italian team wouldn't have won this year's championship if it had provided equal opportunities for both its drivers

Prost attacks Ferrari

The four-time champion, who drove for Ferrari in 1990 and 1991, readily acknowledges that Schumacher is an "exceptional" driver, but believes that circumstances favour the German too much.

"What annoys me most is the way certain drivers sign No 1 contracts leaving the No 2 with nothing to do but lick their boots," Prost told AUTOSPORT's sister publication F1 Racing. "There is no natural, internal rivalry. Michael is an exceptional driver but the circumstances have worked very much in his favour.

"He has never been up against really sharp opposition either in his own team or outside. Ferrari would never have won if they had been grooming two drivers for success."

Prost believes that at example of Ferrari's policy occurred at the start of this year's United States Grand Prix this year. The Frenchman reckons that Barrichello made a deliberately slow start from second to delay the cars on the right hand side of the grid. Meanwhile Schumacher, who qualified down in seventh on the left of the circuit, was able to make up four places.

"The start at Indianapolis this season made me pretty sick," said Prost. "It may have been the only chance they had of winning but Ferrari do go a bit far sometimes."

There is an in-depth interview with Alain Prost on his ice-racing future in this week's AUTOSPORT magazine, on sale tomorrow. Subscribers to the magazine can read this, and the rest of the magazine, on-line now though our new AUTOSPORT First View service.

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