Alain Prost has made clear that he will not be "looking for a job" following his exit from Alpine, but is nonetheless open to offers to remain in Formula 1.
News of Prost's departure from the team as Non-Executive Director emerged earlier this week, in the latest part of a pre-season reshuffle that also sees Executive Director Marcin Budkowski head out of the exit door.
A four-time World Champion who went on to run his own F1 team, Prost is keen to make use of his extensive experience of the sport going forward, though says he is in no rush to find another project.
No offers yet, but Prost wants to stay involved in F1
Pondering what he might do next in an exclusive interview with RacingNews365.com, Prost said: "I have no offer yet; I am a free person.
"For sure, I have a great experience of Formula 1 and if I can still use it, I will, because it's almost my world, it's my family in a way – I know everybody. But I'm not looking for a job.
"If I have an opportunity that I can share my experience of everything, [which] is about 40 years of experience, [with] different teams and different relationships with a lot of people, the FIA and GPWC (Grand Prix World Championship, a previously proposed breakaway series) with all the constructors...
"I'm proud about what I've done. But you know, it's not that easy, and I want to have fun. The relationship with the people is very important. But I have no project at the moment. I don't know what I'm going to do.
"I tell you, it's not a problem. I mean, I'm 66 and I'm also doing different business outside. But yes, it is honest, if I can stay involved in Formula 1 in a way, that would be my goal, that's for sure."
Recent talk of running for FIA President
Prost revealed that he considered running for the role of FIA President late last year, but was too late with an application. Subsequently, Mohammed Ben Sulayem beat sole opponent Graham Stoker to the position.
Asked if he would consider making a bid in the future, or possibly helping the newly-appointed Ben Sulayem, Prost remained open-minded.
"I wanted to do it, I was ready for that, but I was too late," said Prost.
"I talked to [former President] Jean Todt, I talked to Graham, and the idea if Graham was the new President [was that] I would be involved only for Formula 1, and that was interesting.
"I had contact with Ben Sulayem in Paris just before the election, but we did not talk about that. You know, it's a new organisation, it's a new President and I have no idea about what is going to happen.
"For sure, there's a lot to do with the FIA at the moment, not only because of what happened in Abu Dhabi. It's a very difficult challenge for him."
Whatever the future holds, Prost is determined to avoid a repeat of the environment that developed around him at Alpine.
"It has to be clear. Even my role at Renault was not clear enough and people are very jealous because they want to get the light, so I'm very, very careful about it," he commented.
"That is why it's not that easy to have a clear goal, but I'm very open. As I said, I'm not looking for a job, but I'm open to listen. I already had one or two calls, for sure. I'm going to consider what could be interesting."
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