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I found a website which contains interesting quotes of both Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. See table below. Prost's integrity about risk-taking is unquestioned.

About Ayrton Senna...
What do you call a normal road driver who doesn't drive consciously?
What do you call a race driver who doesn't drive consciously?
What do you call a race driver who is proud for not driving consciously? ...

Alan Wong
January 6, 2007
Happy New Year!!

Alain Prost said:Ayrton Senna said:
I'm brave to say that I won't take this sort of risk. And suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension.
The best risk is the one you control yourself. The one I hate and would never take is the risk you can't control. It was like I was in a tunnel. Not only the tunnel under the hotel but the whole circuit was a tunnel. I was just going and going, more and more and more and more. I was way over the limit but still able to find even more.
The people who criticise you will not be the ones taking care of your legs when you are in your wheelchair. People who never drove a car in these conditions, they just don't know. I was already on pole, then by half a second and then one second and I just kept going. Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anybody else, including my team mate with the same car.
I always thought it was better to be safe and finish third or fourth than to risk a lot and win or come second. Fear is exciting for me.
I would prefer to finish sixth rather than lead and then crash or retire. I have always wanted to finish to get the experience. Then suddenly something just kicked me. I kind of woke up and realised that I was in a different atmosphere than you normally are. My immediate reaction was to back off, slow down.
That is an important part of my success. Another big part of my success is that I hated not to finish a race. I drove slowly back to the pits and I didn't want to go out any more that day. It frightened me because I was well beyond my conscious understanding. It happens rarely but I keep these experiences very much alive inside me because it is something that is important for self-preservation.
Sometimes I think I could have got some better results if I had a different mentality; if I could have pushed hard and attacked. But then I would have had a good chance of making a mistake. It's going to be a season with lots of accidents, and I'll risk saying that we'll be lucky if something really serious doesn't happen.
I pushed like mad, yet everyone was gathered around the winner and they were thinking that I was just trundling around. But that's motor racing.
I remember in the first part of the race I was sixth and I could have gone quicker, but I had to go slow. It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done.
There have been times when I have been flat-out to finish sixth, but you can't see that from the outside.
When I test I never go right to the limit. Only because when you are below the limit you can go at the same speed all day, and that's the only way you can be absolutely sure about what you are testing.
Without going to what I think is my limit. I always say that my ideal is to get pole with the minimum effort, and to win the race at the slowest speed possible.
You can't think you are going to win all the races by being quicker, because it's not possible. So you need to find another way.
I don't like to go over curbs, because I don't want to be hard on the car.
I have always had this mentality because I hated to break anything on the car.
I have forced myself to be smooth.
It's like when people talk about driving F1 cars in the rain. I have absolutely no problem with it.
People don't understand that it was maybe my biggest pleasure to drive an F1 car when it's wet.
You were not in control You had no visibility: maybe there was a car in front of you, maybe not.
From the beginning of the Friday, I worked with John Barnard and, without caring about qualifying, we worked on the best race set-up we could possibly find.
I always wanted to feel that I had enough knowledge and experience of the car that I could change its set-up on the grid and still win the race.
I always work the same way, starting from the beginning of the weekend, so I know at the beginning of the race, from all that I have analysed during the practice, whether I will win the race or not.
I don't analyse only during the race.
I stopped only once and I won the race by 30 seconds, but I'd been two seconds behind in qualifying!
I worked very hard and I played around a lot with the weight. We would prepare the cars maybe 10 or 15 kg lighter than the limit, because then I could have the rest of the weight as ballast and put it where I wanted.