Prost: Bourdais makes excuses

Four time world champion Alain Prost has fired a broadside attack on his fellow countryman Sebastien Bourdais. On French radio today the French legend attacked the Scuderia Toro Rosso driver for making “excuses” for poor performances, and intimated that he prefers Bourdais’ team-mate Sebastian Buemi.

“Toro Rosso actually went very well in the rain,” Prost told the radio station Europe 1.

“I think it is more the fact that he [Bourdais] could not make do, especially in relation to Buemi. One gets the impression with him that he begins to look at things in a negative way very quickly,” he added.

Bourdais failed to capitalise on the Red Bull stable’s pace in China, whereas team-mate Buemi finished a fighting eighth to bring the Italian team its first point of the season.

Prost is thought to be referring to the morose interview Bourdais yesterday gave to Autosport in which he bemoaned the lack of rear grip from the new car.

“If you only look at the papers this year should be worse because the tyres are much harder. It’s harder, because you have 20% more grip at the front. It’s a little bit difficult, I can’t hide it,” said the 30-year-old.

The four-time Champ Car champion has struggled to adapt to F1, paired with the outstanding Seb Vettel last season. This year Buemi appears to be of similar ability, and Bourdais has his work cut out to convince observers – and Alain Prost – that he is up to the task.