It's Prost that claims, not me. And he clearly states that it would not have been decided by the timesheets, but beforehand.
Are you really unable to grasp that simplest of statements? Does it really hurt that much?
Anyway, nobody sane would deny that MS was a better driver to all his teammates. Just as nobody sane should deny that he enjoyed massive preferential treatment. But there you go...
IMO It was just the way Prost dowplays his chances. What I refute is, it was written in his contract. IF it was, according to him, he was about agreeing to sign the deal (in the previous version of report) but decided to call it off at a very last moment, I am sure Prost will say it very clearly.
Downplaying one own chance happens in any other sport. Nadal, being exhausted after a semi-final marathon, before Australia Final this year, downplayed his chances against Federer. Many of golfers, downplay their own chances against Woods.
Simple statement? I have never read any quotes from any drivers, particularly MS' teammates, they were contracted to be no. 2. Yes, of course he enjoyed Benetton's and Ferrari's massive preferential treatment. Because he was their leading driver. He won races when many of his teammates failed to collect a point. He won them WDC when his teammates were not even in contention.
It doesn't hurt me to the slightest. In fact, as I said, I would be very happy, IF any of his teammates will tell the world, they signed a contract that stated clearly they were no. 2 driver. To date none of them says it. Rubens and Massa clearly denied it.
Having said that, I give you another example. IMO Hamilton at McLaren and Alonso at Renault, enjoy a massive preferential treatment. Not because their teammates are contracted no. 2 driver. But, they delivered the results. They are their best chances to win races and WDC, being proven in the track. It is not written in the contract.
The only sport I know that has a written contract is Tour de France. Though it was written in his contract, in this year TdF, Lance was still given a chance until it was considered over, to challenge for the title.
That whole paragraph is just you imagination at work, trying to twist things to suit your beliefs. Nothing of that can be taken from Prosts words, sorry.
"Outqualify" is almost impossible to control and ultimately meaningless anyway. In the races, the last of MS' teammates whom I watched racing him was Martin Brundle.
And it's not at the expense of the team, but precisely the opposite. It's the way Todt (and also Briatore) like to structure their campaigns, putting everything behind one star driver and making him feel as comfortable as possible. You certainly can't argue with the success of that method.
It is my understanding reading in the context which he referred to what MS is now. It can also be argued, nothing in his words stated it was in a contract. My understanding, it was merely a suggestion (verbal) by Todt, to help (especially in testing, set up, technical feedback etc.). Nothing suggests Prost was not allowed to race him.
And now you claim qualifying position is meaningless?
And, if the policy of putting everything behind one star driver, is a success, I am sure almost every team would copy them. In fact I have read an article, that stated LdM brought Rubens in 2000 was to race MS, though Rubens wasn't MS' preferences. And now you claimed, except for Brundle being the last driver, they were not allowed to race MS. LdM didn't like the idea of too much dependent on MS to deliver.