MOTORSPORT VETERAN: Current Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was quizzed on who he rated as the sport's best ever driver. Image: AFP / Luca Bruno
London - Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has named Alain Prost as the greatest F1 driver of all time.
Having built the sport over several decades, and with his motor racing involvement stretching all the way back to the late 40s, the 85-year-old's opinion carries a great deal of weight.
So does he nominate Fangio, Senna or Schumacher?
"Better than Schumacher or Senna"
"It's hard to say," the Spanish sports daily Marca quotes the Briton as saying, "but if I had to choose one over the years, I would probably say Prost.
"He was better than Schumacher or Senna. Michael had a lot of help from the team or teammates, and at some points it was the same with Senna.
Ecclestone said: "But Prost never had such privileges. He always had competitors even within his own team."
But while Ecclestone named Prost the best, he said Jochen Rindt was his personal favourite.
The Briton said: "We were very close, as colleagues and friends, he is definitely my favourite, but not the best of all time. That's Prost."