Motorsport legend Alain Prost demonstrated great sportsmanship when recognizing the achievement of Max Verstappen, who equaled his record of 51 Formula 1 victories with his triumph at the Mexican GP. The Red Bull Racing driver achieved that milestone in fewer races, a testament to the talent and determination that Prost openly praises.
The Frenchman, who holds four world titles, expressed pride in still being among the five most successful drivers in history, a list led by Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher and which also includes Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. Prost, however, does not see his position threatened soon, as the closest active player is Alonso, with 32 victories.
“I’m not ashamed to say that I’m proud to be on this list,” said Prost in an interview with L’Equipe. “My story may be in print, but it was beautiful, and Max’s story is being written, and it is equally beautiful, in its own way.”
Prost, who will be present at the Abu Dhabi GP, is already planning to personally greet Verstappen, expressing not only his congratulations on the impressive feat, but also his appreciation for the Dutchman as a sportsman. “Being in the exclusive club of champions is an achievement in itself. Max is a driver I appreciate for his determination and talent,” said Prost.
With the possibility of Verstappen overtaking Vettel if he wins the next races in Brazil, Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi, Prost is preparing to witness another chapter in the young driver’s victorious history. Mutual respect between generations highlights not only the evolution of the sport, but also the character of the champions who define it.
At the Abu Dhabi GP, Prost will have the opportunity to extend his hand in recognition of Verstappen’s continued success, solidifying the respect and admiration between two Formula 1 giants.
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