When you win a race like this the feeling is very, very good.
When I look fast, I'm not smooth and I am going slowly. And when I look slow, I am smooth and going fast.
The real problem is that it (F1) is in a permanent state of conflict,
In 1980 I finished three or four times in seventh place. Alain P
I'm brave to say that I won't take this sort of risk.
I have no problem with the people who work hard to get success. But I think people are very jealous about success. I work very hard and they don't appreciate that.
So in fact the only thing you can judge in this sport its the longterm. You can judge a career or a season, but not one race.
That is an important part of my success. Another big part of my success is that I hated not to finish a race.
You were not in control You had no visibility: maybe there was a car in front of you, maybe not. Alain P
When I drove for British teams... they called me The Tadpole because I was too small to be a frog.
Maybe I am not French, maybe I am from nowhere.
You were not in control You had no visibility: maybe there was a car in front of you, maybe not.
I have had some problems because the French don't like people to have success, they don't like the number one.
Sometimes I think I could have got some better results if I had a different mentality; if I could have pushed hard and attacked. But then I would have had a good chance of making a mistake.
It's always better to speak the language of the team. Not only for the direct contact with everyone - sometimes it also helps you to understand the mentality of the people in the team a bit better.
I have always had this mentality because I hated to break anything on the car.
I remember in the first part of the race I was sixth and I could have gone quicker, but I had to go slow. It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done.
It's not too good to have this attitude in F1. It could be a disadvantage.
You can't always have the best team. It's always a compromise.
It's not too good to have this attitude in F1. It could be a disadvantage. Alain Pros
Do you know, why I really love my helmet that much? Because it makes me 15 centimetres taller!
It's like when people talk about driving F1 cars in the rain. I have absolutely no problem with it.
People don't understand that it was maybe my biggest pleasure to drive an F1 car when it's wet.
I like the mentality of the Americans. It's like when you talk about money.
I think maybe the English don't want to try something and look stupid, because they are a bit reserved.
Three times before 1985, I just missed the title, so winning was a relief.
Does it scare me, driving into nothing at 300kph? - Of course it does - I'm not an idiot...
When I test I never go right to the limit. Only because when you are below the limit you can go at the same speed all day, and that's the only way you can be absolutely sure about what you are testing.
Some Italians are geniuses, but you have to find a balance. Alain Pros
Without going to what I think is my limit. I always say that my ideal is to get pole with the minimum effort, and to win the race at the slowest speed possible.