NOVEMBER 27, 2023

Prost enjoyed Verstappen dominance in 2023

F1 legend Alain Prost admits he has enjoyed watching Max Verstappen utterly dominate the 2023 season.

Max Verstappen, Abu Dhabi GP 2023
© Red Bull

Until now, the most dominant performance in Formula 1 history was when Prost and Ayrton Senna famously won all but one of the races in 1988 for McLaren - representing a 94 percent winning hit-rate.

But Red Bull's 21 wins out of 22 raised that winning percentage to a new all-time record - a 95.5 percent winning hit-rate.

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali admits he'd like a more competitive contest in 2024.

Next year I'm hoping for more cars that can fight with each other, he told Sky Deutschland at the Abu Dhabi finale.

In qualifying here we had all 20 cars within a second. That means we can hope for a season where driver skill makes the difference. That's the important thing for us.

Quadruple world champion Prost, however, says that despite Verstappen's dominance, he enjoyed following the 2023 season.

I watched as a fan as I'm no longer involved with any team, said the 68-year-old.

"Many people have said it's been negative because one team and one driver dominate. But I always recognise when there are performances like Red Bull and Max.

When someone dominates like that, it's the sum of the work that is necessary that you are seeing. And all you can say is congratulations, the Frenchman added.

If you want to get to that level, you have to work better. I understand if it is frustrating at times, but on a personal level I thought it was great.

As for new triple consecutive world champion Verstappen, Prost thinks the Dutchman's racing rivals will be hard-pressed to catch up with him any time soon.

As drivers, we all have our driving styles and approaches, he said. "Max is still very young, but the focus he had on his career from the start and the passion for motorsport are very important.

He always says what he wants and thinks. You don't often see someone so dedicated to their sport. There's something very special about him - he's always getting faster and gaining more and more experience.