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Prost: Fans should feel very lucky

Friday 24-May-2013 13:41

Alain Prost won't criticise this year's Pirelli tyres, adamant they are playing a role in spicing up the show.

While in seasons past Formula One has been criticised for being too predictable, this year it's the exact opposite.

With some drivers opting for four stops in Spain and others three, it meant it wasn't until the very end that fans were assured of a Fernando Alonso victory.

This resulted in massive complaints about the rubber, prompting Pirelli to announce that they will modify the tyres ahead of next month's Canadian GP.

Prost, though, sees little reason to do so.

"In the past, and very recently, F1 was very much criticised for its lack of a show," said the four-time World Champion.

"So we should feel very lucky we have the kind of races we do these days, with the result not known until late.

"Looking ahead to next year, when we have the new engine coming, we will maybe talk a little more about that with the technology much closer to the product of the automotive industry.

"But we still need to keep the show, to keep the indecision in races, so it's going to be even better balanced.

"But at the moment I wouldn't criticise what we have today."

As for complaints from drivers that they cannot push their car to the max, the Frenchman says that was also the story in his day.

"It's difficult to compare my time to today because the cars are so advanced," he added.

"In my time, if you want to compare, we had to take care of the brakes, gearbox, fuel consumption and obviously also tyres.

"But the regulations were also very different. At one stage we had three types of rubber and we could make changes.

"I very often ran hard tyres on the left and soft tyres on the front. I even raced in Las Vegas in '81 with qualifying tyres on the front.

"It shows you cannot compare, but it also proves you need to adapt yourself, as a driver, as an engineer, to the regulations.

"It's typically Formula One."

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