Wednesday August 22nd, 2001
Frenchman Alain Prost has admitted he wants Heinz-Harald Frentzen to stay with his team in 2002 following the German driver's debut with the Guyancourt-based outfit this year.
Frentzen landed the Prost drive after being sacked from the Jordan team before the German Grand Prix last month, and the 34-year old raced for the French team for the first time in Hungary last Sunday. Frentzen performed well in qualifying, lapping more than a second quicker than teammate Luciano Burti, but then retired from the race after losing control of his car.
Former World Champion Prost knows their tight budget this season will not allow Frentzen to shine, but the Frenchman is still confident the driver will stay with them next season.
"We need a top driver in this team who will make everything easier and better," Prost said in an interview with Autosport.com. "It's going to be difficult for him, because we know that we cannot develop the car too much.
"But his job is to do the best possible, and to push the team in a good direction, especially for the next car. Then I hope he will stay with us next year."
Published at 13:38:33 GMT