Renault e.dams driver Nicolas Prost ignores occasional criticism about some of his performances in Formula E and believes that his focus is not affected by any outside elements as he readies for a fourth season.
Prost, who has won three Formula E races — Miami in Season One and two wins at Battersea Park in Season Two — is one of only nine drivers to have stood atop a Formula E podium since its inception in 2014.
Criticism and unfavorable evaluation in some quarters during Season Three has not disturbed his approach, however.
“I try not to read about that too much and listen to any critics. I just focus on my job,” Prost told e-racing365.
“This [criticism] is not easy sometimes, but you always have it. I think that in some sense the guy who is second and not the best at the moment in the team is always getting some critics.
“Obviously if you are in a winning team you get a bit more than the others. I don’t think that I did as good as I could have done last year, but on the other hand if you look at the three years [of Formula E] there are not many drivers who have done better than me.”
Prost has contributed significantly to Renault e.dams’ hat-trick of teams titles in the first three Formula E campaigns. He has also never finished lower than sixth in the standings.
Last season, the Frenchman scored 93 of the 268 points scored by the team. This total was down in comparison to Season Two, where he scored a double win in London and notched up 115 points of the 270 total accrued by the French squad.
The 36 year-old has come in for occasional criticism after failing to score a podium last season but insists that he only listens to team analysis of his performance.
“If the team says something then I listen to it a lot more, as it has a lot more meaning,” he said. “But if the team thinks that I am doing a good job I still always try to improve too, so I don’t listen to the critics to be honest.”
Prost, who is valued highly in the team for his testing and development work, believes that he and the team have made some advantages in understanding the nuances of the Michelin tires for Season Three.
“You can never be 100 percent sure until you have been to a race track, to a city track,” he said. “I think that Mahindra definitely had a bit of an advantage on everyone with the tires as they seemed to have a bit more knowledge and control than the others.
“But I think that we and the other teams have definitely made some progress, and for sure we feel much better prepared than last year.”