“At the 1984 Portuguese Grand Prix, the last of the season, I conducted one of my most dramatic post-race interviews…”
Crushed between McLaren’s world champion team-mates Niki Lauda and Alain Prost in a tiny room crammed with the world’s media I chatted with a happy Lauda and a downcast Prost, who had lost the championship by a mere half point. But was Alain throwing a wobbly? No. In an atmosphere of mutual respect he thoughtfully expressed his disappointment and, without selfpity, gracefully conceded the title to Lauda.
I’ve talked a lot about team-mates who became bitter enemies – notably Senna and Prost, Jones and Reutemann, Piquet and Mansell and Gilles Villeneuve and Pironi. But it isn’t always like that. Over the years, many have got on well together and pulled in the same direction for the sake of their teams.
At Monza in 1956, when teams were allowed to substitute drivers during a race, Britain’s Peter Collins let Fangio take over his Ferrari and, in doing so, permitted the great Argentine to win his fourth of five championships. “I’m younger so I’ve got more time than he has,” said the selfless Collins, who was tragically killed two years later at the 1958 German GP.