If you mention Ayrton Senna, it's almost impossible to not think about Alain Prost. It goes the same way when talking about the French driver, known as The Professor. The two Formula One World Champions were inextricably linked from their first meeting in 1984 through to Prost's retirement in 1993.

Their relationship became so well known thanks to a particular kind of public venom that flourished between them, from 1989 and the Frenchman's retirement in 1993 (the above photo is from happier days, in 1988). Their on-track rivalry was the greatest in F1 since James Hunt and Niki Lauda, and it could be argued that there is no match for it today.

According to Prost, though, there was more to the relationship, and the two grew closer before the Brazilian's tragic and untimely death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. He even served as a pallbearer at Senna's funeral.

Prost writes about their brutal rivalry and what Senna's death meant to him over at Autoweek. It's really a must-read piece on this sad 20-year anniversary of Ayrton's passing. Take a look, and let us know what you think in Comments.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Andrew Rollason
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm a little worried about this: "A year later we were back at Suzuka, again to settle the championship. Now I was with Ferrari, and into the first corner Senna drove into the back of me, and he later admitted he did it on purpose." If you were to deliberately drive into someone on the road, you'd be up for all sorts of serious driving infringements.That sort of thing could result in an attempted murder charge. What did the FIA do about it? Nothing. Bright as a button at Adelaide the next round, there Senna was. Prost seems very calm in writing about someone who deliberately crashed into him and destroyed a World Championship for him.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The link to the Autoweek article is broken, here's the correct one. http://www.autoweek.com/article/20140501/f1/140439993
      • 1 Year Ago
      You really can't have Senna without Prost and you couldn't have Prost without Senna. The beauty of such a rivalry is the friendship that bonded them even as the competitive spirit threatened to destroy them. Ultimately, that's what makes both gents so compelling to have watched, not just their talents behind the wheel. And 'Senna' was awesome.
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