Prost: F1 going to Bahrain was a good decision

Alain ProstJul.3 (GMM) Four-time world champion Alain Prost has claimed that hindsight proves that it was a “good decision” for Formula One to race in Bahrain, earlier this year.

But the great Frenchman, whose record of 51 wins was eclipsed only by Michael Schumacher, admits that in the days and weeks before the highly controversial event in the troubled Gulf kingdom, the right course was not so clear.

“I remember in 1985 when we went to South Africa, as a human and a driver you were attacked because you were there,” 57-year-old Prost, referring to protests against apartheid, told the Telegraph at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

“The main thing is, is it worse not to go? Or is it better to go and try and help people to make things more normal?

“I am in the middle because I did not have all the information,” Prost said.

He said he actually sympathised with both sides of the argument, but ultimately decided not to go to the Bahrain Grand Prix.

“To be honest I didn’t want to,” said Prost, “because with all the controversy it’s better to be outside.

“But I don’t want to say we shouldn’t have been there or we should have gone there.

“I think, in the end, when everything went well, you can say ‘ok, it was a good decision’,” he smiled.

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  • Bec

    It showed democracy in action.

    As the protesters and the opposition party Al Wefaq, wanted the removal of women’s rights to vote and stand for election.

    Those people that supported the protesters, also supported the subjugation of women.

    Although I suspect most western supporters actually were just jumping on the bandwagon, and had zero knowledge of what the protesters and Al Wefaq were actually up to.

  • Kimi4WC

    Race was amazing!