Wow! Talk about controversy!
It's not just in F1 people!!
First of all, congratulations to Alain Prost for winning the title (his 3rd in the last 6 years), he was definitely the best driver of the year, not driving the best car (that was the Skoda), and deserved it!
To fill people in, the situation was that going into the last round, there were 3 drivers in contention for the title - Benjamin Riviere who was leading, Prost in 2nd and Jean Philippe Dayraut in 3rd. After an immense qualifying Prost put himself on pole by a huge margin (some 2.5 seconds quicker than 2nd), and after points given in quali he was now leading the title going into his race. And then it got complicated!!
Jacques Villeneuve was starting alongside Prost and basically took him out at the first corner (coincidence that he drives for Skoda, as does Riviere, and if Prost didn't finish then Riviere would be champion?). So for a lap it looked like Riviere was champion... and then the decision was taken to bring the red flag out as Prost's car was deemed to be in a dangerous place. So under the rules of the series, all cars are allowed to take the restart in their original grid positions IF they can be repaired within 10 minutes. Prost's car couldn't be fixed within the 10 minute rule, but they instead allowed a full 45 minutes for his car to eventually be fixed and he was allowed to restart on pole!!
It gets funnier still as Villeneuve was demoted to the back of the grid (the Stewards must have suspected the potentially deliberate team plot as mentioned above), but this then promoted Riviere - Prost's direct rival - to 2nd on the grid beside Prost!
Both got off the line cleanly and Prost managed to hold off Riviere for the whole race - both finishing well clear of the field for Prost to take the title!!
What a drama! I feel sorry for anybody that sadly has missed out by not watching the series and especially that final!!
Again, congratulations to Alain Prost - a champion again only 3 weeks away from his 57th birthday! (And another congratulations to his son Nicolas who won the independent category too!).
My favourite F1 drivers of the past 25 yrs. (Note - it is possible to like rivals!): Lauda, Prost, Senna, Rosberg, Mansell, Alboreto, Piquet Snr., Barbazza, Alesi, Zanardi, Hakkinen, Hill, M.Schumacher, Coulthard, Raikkonen, Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel...