Friday August 10th, 2001
Alain Prost has attacked his former driver Jean Alesi for his "childish attitude" in dealing with the dispute which led to his departure to Jordan earlier this week.
"For me, his recent remarks are grotesque and I don't want to comment on them in detail," Prost told sports daily l'Equipe in an interview. "But above all, when we fixed the terms of our separation, it was agreed that nobody would denounce the other party or would give his version of how things had happened," the former Formula One World Champion added.
"Then, minutes after we announced his departure he was giving everything away on radio. It's a childish attitude," Prost said.
Alesi, who moved to Jordan to replace sacked German driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen who then went to Prost, said on Thursday a legal letter sent by Prost had led to his decision to leave. For Prost, the letter was just a warning after Alesi's outspoken criticism of the team after Silverstone.
The Prost team boss said he was not really surprised about the outcome, since Alesi had shown the same attitude at the other teams he had driven for in his 12-year career. "He did exactly the same at Ferrari, exactly the same at Benetton and exactly the same at Sauber," said Prost.
"It happened again with us... It's the same every time. The others are all imbeciles, engineers are no good and there is no progress made on the car. He should stop it. And I don't want to say anymore...," he added.
Published at 21:48:48 GMT