Alain Prost was in his own country. Referencing this, he affirmed with a timid smile: “To race at home is the cherry on top”.
After two consecutive wins by Ayrton Senna in the 1988 season (in Canada and the USA), Formula One was back in Europe for the French Grand Prix. Alain Prost was in his own country. When asked to comment on this, he gave his timid smile and stated that “racing at home is the cherry on top”.
Prost led the tournament with 45 points, while Senna had 33. Besides lagging behind in the standings, Ayrton wanted to change his spotty record at Paul Ricard. His McLaren teammate had won in France in 1981 and 1983, while Senna’s best result in his rival`s home-turf had been a humble 4th place in 1987.
Senna had secured the pole position in each of the six races up until then, and he was looking to add to that number at Paul Ricard. Prost wouldn’t let him. The Frenchman broke a 2-year curse, scoring a pole-position for the first time since the 1986 Monaco Grand Prix.
The #11 McLaren’s quickest lap left everyone in attendance speechless. Posting a time of 1min07s589, Prost was 0s479 faster than Ayrton, who would be starting next to him on Sunday.
A. de Cesaris
position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated
He (Prost) should thank my car for the the two times the gearshift broke. That was the real “cherry on top.