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Alain Marie Pascal Prost (born 24 February 1955 in Lorette, Loire, France) is one of the most successful drivers in the history of Formula One, winning four championships (1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993), being runner-up in another four (1983, 1984, 1988 and 1990), and for taking 51 wins in the time of Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet and Niki Lauda's return. He is the only French world champion.

After retiring in Formula One in 1993, he returned back to the sport as a test driver for McLaren in 1996. Before he returned, he was testing the McLaren MP4/9 and the McLaren MP4/10 in a private test.


CareerEdit

1980: McLaren Edit

1979, following his dominace in Formula Three, the top teams finally began to take notice. He held talks with team principals Bernie Ecclestone and Teddy Mayer for drives at Brabham and McLaren respectively. Ever cautious in his negotiations, Prost turned down an offer from Teddy Mayer to race for McLaren in a third car at the 1979 United States Grand Prix West. Prost, not knowing the car or the track was unwilling to race and possibly hamper his credibility.

Following his rejection of the drive at the US Grand Prix, Teddy Mayer had switched his attention to American star, Kevin Cogan for the 1980 drive. However team sponsor, Marlboro still preferred Prost for the drive. On 29th November 1979, Mayer staged a shootout at the Le Castellet circuit between the two drivers for the seat. Prost dominated Cogan in his first drive in an F1 car. McLaren's lead driver John Watson commenting on Prost, "You didn't have to be a rocket scientist to see how good he was. The difference between him and Cogan was night and day".

The car that Prost and Watson would be driving in 1980, the McLaren M29 had been debuted mid-way through 1979. The car whilst capable of scoring in the points, often had significant aero issues and was not of the championship winning material, McLaren had developed in the past. Prost had joined the team amidst the political turmoil that invoked the team during its transition period under the old management of Teddy Mayer to its new ownership under Ron Dennis.

1981-1983: Renault Edit

1981 Edit

1982 Edit

1983 Edit

1984-1989: Return to McLaren Edit

1984 Edit

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1986 Edit

1987 Edit

1988 Edit

1989 Edit

1990-1991: Ferrari Edit

1990 Edit

1991 Edit

1992: Sabbatical Edit

1993: Williams Edit

Non-Racing Formula One Career Edit

Following his retirement, Prost had begun to reconsider whether he truely wanted to remain outside of the sport in 1994. Ron Dennis was in desperate need of a top driver to replace Senna at McLaren for 1994, and his first point of call was to attempt to placate Prost into reconsidering his retirement.

It had been clear that Prost was seriously considering a return to motorsport, when in January 1994 he released a statement noting "since rumours have been circulating about my possible return to competition, I have been wondering what people were thinking. Whatever final decision I take, for which no deadline has been fixed, I know it will not be easy."

His former boss, Frank Williams was quick to downplay any rumours of Prost's return for 1994, stating "He is not contractually free to race with any other team in 1994. He retired which is his privilege." Prost was cautious to respond, however he remained the favourite for the McLaren drive in 1994. Williams, however noted there had been no attempt from either Prost or McLaren to buy him out of his Williams contract.

In the beginning of March 1994, Prost admitted he continued to have a "great passion" for Formula One and agreed to participate in a test with McLaren before the beginning of the season. At Estoril, Prost completed six laps in the MP4/9, however found he was four seconds off Damon Hill's best time in the Williams. The result of the test provided confirmation for Prost, "I wanted to test myself, to see if I really wanted to start again. The answer is no. I'm not ready to take the risks anymore."

After confirming his retirement from racing, Prost was signed by Renault to participate in a consultancy and promotional role for their sporting activities. He had also signed as a commentator for TF1, the French television coverage of Formula One.

His first race in a non-racing capacity was at the fateful 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Ahead of the race, his great rival Ayrton Senna recorded a message for his great rival during the warm-up session "a special message to my friend Alain, we all miss you Alain." Prost was both very surprised and touched by the message. At the time Senna was killed at Tamburello corner, Prost was watching the race from the Williams pit garage, standing alonside Frank Williams.

1997-2001: Prost Grand Prix Edit

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

F1 Career HistoryEdit

Year Entrant Team Pts WDC Pos. Report
1980 United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren-Ford Cosworth 5 16th Report
1981 France Equipe Renault Elf Renault 43 5th Report
1982 France Equipe Renault Elf Renault 34 4th Report
1983 France Equipe Renault Elf Renault 57 2nd Report
1984 United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren-TAG 71.5 2nd Report
1985 United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren-TAG 73 (76) 1st Report
1986 United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren-TAG 72 (74) 1st Report
1987 United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren-TAG 46 4th Report
1988 United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren-Honda 87 (105) 2nd Report
1989 United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren-Honda 76 (81) 1st Report
1990 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 71 (73) 2nd Report
1991 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 34 5th Report
1992 France Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier-Renault Test Driver
1993 United Kingdom Canon Williams Renault Williams-Renault 99 1st Report
1996 United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Test Driver

Scores in brackets are gross scores; only best results where counted:

Between 1981 and 1990, only the best eleven scores where counted

Non-Racing Formula One CareerEdit

Year Role Employer
1994 Pundit TF1
1995 Pundit TF1
1996 Technical Advisor McLaren-Mercedes
1997 Team Principal Prost-Mugen Honda
1998 Team Principal Prost-Peugeot
1999 Team Principal Prost-Peugeot
2000 Team Principal Prost-Peugeot
2001 Team Principal Prost-Acer
2010 Race Steward FIA

StatisticsEdit

Entries 202
Starts 199
Pole positions 33
Front row starts 86
Victories 51
Podia 106
Fastest laps 41
Points 768.5 (798.5)
Laps raced 10540
kms raced 48973.423
Races led 84
Laps led 2684
kms led 12480.712
Doubles 18
Hat-tricks 8

WinsEdit

No. Race No. Race.
1 1981 French Grand Prix 27 1987 Belgian Grand Prix
2 1981 Dutch Grand Prix 28 1987 Portuguese Grand Prix
3 1981 Italian Grand Prix 29 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
4 1982 South African Grand Prix 30 1988 Monaco Grand Prix
5 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix 31 1988 Mexican Grand Prix
6 1983 French Grand Prix 32 1988 French Grand Prix
7 1983 Belgian Grand Prix 33 1988 Portuguese Grand Prix
8 1983 British Grand Prix 34 1988 Spanish Grand Prix
9 1983 Austrian Grand Prix 35 1988 Australian Grand Prix
10 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix 36 1989 United States Grand Prix
11 1984 San Marino Grand Prix 37 1989 French Grand Prix
12 1984 Monaco Grand Prix 38 1989 British Grand Prix
13 1984 German Grand Prix 39 1989 Italian Grand Prix
14 1984 Dutch Grand Prix 40 1990 Brazilian Grand Prix
15 1984 European Grand Prix 41 1990 Mexican Grand Prix
16 1984 Portuguese Grand Prix 42 1990 French Grand Prix
17 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix 43 1990 British Grand Prix
18 1985 Monaco Grand Prix 44 1990 Spanish Grand Prix
19 1985 British Grand Prix 45 1993 South African Grand Prix
20 1985 Austrian Grand Prix 46 1993 San Marino Grand Prix
21 1985 Italian Grand Prix 47 1993 Spanish Grand Prix
22 1986 San Marino Grand Prix 48 1993 Canadian Grand Prix
23 1986 Monaco Grand Prix 49 1993 French Grand Prix
24 1986 Austrian Grand Prix 50 1993 British Grand Prix
25 1986 Australian Grand Prix 51 1993 German Grand Prix
26 1987 Brazilian Grand Prix

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts Pos
1980 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of the United States Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 5 16th
6th 5th DNS INJ Ret Ret Ret 6th 11th 7th 6th 7th Ret DNS
1981 Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of Argentina Flag of San Marino Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Spain Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 34 5th
Ret Ret 3rd Ret Ret Ret Ret 1st Ret 2nd Ret 1st 1st Ret 2nd
1982 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Brazil Flag of the United States Flag of San Marino Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of the Netherlands Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy Flag of the United States 34 4th
1st 1st Ret Ret Ret 7th NC Ret Ret 6th 2nd Ret 8th 2nd Ret 4th
1983 Flag of Brazil Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Europe Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 57 2nd
7th 11th 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 8th 5th 1st 4th 1st Ret Ret 2nd Ret
1984 Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Belgium Flag of San Marino Flag of France Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Europe Flag of Portugal 71.5 2nd
1st 2nd Ret 1st 7th 1st
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3rd 4th Ret Ret 1st Ret 1st Ret 1st 1st
1985 Flag of Brazil Flag of Portugal Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Belgium Flag of Europe Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Australia 73 (76) 1st
1st Ret DSQ 1st 3rd Ret 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 4th 3rd Ret
1986 Flag of Brazil Flag of Spain Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Mexico Flag of Australia 72 (74) 1st
Ret 3rd 1st 1st 6th 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 6th Ret 1st DSQ 2nd 2nd 1st
1987 Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Mexico Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 46 4th
1st Ret 1st 9th 3rd 3rd Ret 7th 3rd 6th 15th 1st 2nd Ret 7th Ret
1988 Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Mexico Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 87 (105) 2nd
1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st Ret 2nd 2nd 2nd Ret 1st 1st 2nd 1st
1989 Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 76 (81) 1st
2nd 2nd 2nd 5th 1st Ret 1st 1st 2nd 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd Ret Ret
1990 Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Mexico Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 71 (73) 2nd
Ret 1st 4th Ret 5th 1st 1st 1st 4th Ret 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st Ret 3rd
1991 Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Mexico Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 34 5th
2nd 4th DNS 5th Ret Ret 2nd 3rd Ret Ret Ret 3rd Ret 2nd 4th
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1992 Sabbatical
1993 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Brazil Flag of Europe Flag of San Marino Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 99 1st
1st Ret 3rd 1st 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st 1st 12th 3rd 12th 2nd 2nd 2nd


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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QuotesEdit

"Prost is not a great qualifier, but he has an incredible record of fastest race laps and actually winning races. He has the most staggering ability to win races." - David Hobbs. ESPN. 1990 Brazilian Grand Prix.

"This is where Prost is so good, he knows how to win races. It seems to me that this is a secret that is just alluding Senna."- David Hobbs. ESPN. 1990 Brazilian Grand Prix.

"World Champion, Alain Prost has already taken the number one Ferrari to victory in Brazil. Prost, after all those years at McLaren has settled easily into the Ferrari team." - Andrew Marriott. Eurosport. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix Build-Up.

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V T E List of World Drivers' Champions
1950: Giuseppe Farina
1951: Juan Manuel Fangio
1952: Alberto Ascari
1953: Alberto Ascari
1954: Juan Manuel Fangio
1955: Juan Manuel Fangio
1956: Juan Manuel Fangio
1957: Juan Manuel Fangio
1958: Mike Hawthorn
1959: Jack Brabham
1960: Jack Brabham
1961: Phil Hill
1962: Graham Hill
1963: Jim Clark
1964: John Surtees
1965: Jim Clark
1966: Jack Brabham
1967: Denny Hulme
1968: Graham Hill
1969: Jackie Stewart
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Jackie Stewart
1972: Emerson Fittipaldi
1973: Jackie Stewart
1974: Emerson Fittipaldi
1975: Niki Lauda
1976: James Hunt
1977: Niki Lauda
1978: Mario Andretti
1979: Jody Scheckter
1980: Alan Jones
1981: Nelson Piquet
1982: Keke Rosberg
1983: Nelson Piquet
1984: Niki Lauda
1985: Alain Prost
1986: Alain Prost
1987: Nelson Piquet
1988: Ayrton Senna
1989: Alain Prost
1990: Ayrton Senna
1991: Ayrton Senna
1992: Nigel Mansell
1993: Alain Prost
1994: Michael Schumacher
1995: Michael Schumacher
1996: Damon Hill
1997: Jacques Villeneuve
1998: Mika Häkkinen
1999: Mika Häkkinen
2000: Michael Schumacher
2001: Michael Schumacher
2002: Michael Schumacher
2003: Michael Schumacher
2004: Michael Schumacher
2005: Fernando Alonso
2006: Fernando Alonso
2007: Kimi Räikkönen
2008: Lewis Hamilton
2009: Jenson Button
2010: Sebastian Vettel
2011: Sebastian Vettel
2012: Sebastian Vettel
2013: Sebastian Vettel
2014: Lewis Hamilton
2015: Lewis Hamilton
2016: Nico Rosberg
2017: Lewis Hamilton
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1950: Juan Manuel Fangio
1951: Alberto Ascari
1952: Giuseppe Farina
1953: Juan Manuel Fangio
1954: José Froilán González
1955: Stirling Moss
1956: Stirling Moss
1957: Stirling Moss
1958: Stirling Moss
1959: Tony Brooks
1960: Bruce McLaren
1961: Wolfgang von Trips
1962: Jim Clark
1963: Graham Hill
1964: Graham Hill
1965: Graham Hill
1966: John Surtees
1967: Jack Brabham
1968: Jackie Stewart
1969: Jacky Ickx
1970: Jacky Ickx
1971: Ronnie Peterson
1972: Jackie Stewart
1973: Emerson Fittipaldi
1974: Clay Regazzoni
1975: Emerson Fittipaldi
1976: Niki Lauda
1977: Jody Scheckter
1978: Ronnie Peterson
1979: Gilles Villeneuve
1980: Nelson Piquet
1981: Carlos Reutemann
1982: Didier Pironi
1983: Alain Prost
1984: Alain Prost
1985: Michele Alboreto
1986: Nigel Mansell
1987: Nigel Mansell
1988: Alain Prost
1989: Ayrton Senna
1990: Alain Prost
1991: Nigel Mansell
1992: Riccardo Patrese
1993: Ayrton Senna
1994: Damon Hill
1995: Damon Hill
1996: Jacques Villeneuve
1997: Heinz-Harald Frentzen*
1998: Michael Schumacher
1999: Eddie Irvine
2000: Mika Häkkinen
2001: David Coulthard
2002: Rubens Barrichello
2003: Kimi Räikkönen
2004: Rubens Barrichello
2005: Kimi Räikkönen
2006: Michael Schumacher
2007: Lewis Hamilton
2008: Felipe Massa
2009: Sebastian Vettel
2010: Fernando Alonso
2011: Jenson Button
2012: Fernando Alonso
2013: Fernando Alonso
2014: Nico Rosberg
2015: Nico Rosberg
2016: Lewis Hamilton
* Michael Schumacher was disqualified from the 1997 championship.
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Drivers
2. Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne · 14. Spain Fernando Alonso
World Champions
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi (1974) · United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (2008) · United Kingdom James Hunt (1976) · Finland Mika Häkkinen (1998, 1999) ·
Austria Niki Lauda (1984) · France Alain Prost (1985, 1986, 1989) · Brazil Ayrton Senna (1988, 1990, 1991)
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Australia Alan Jones (1980) · Finland Keke Rosberg (1982) · Brazil Nelson Piquet (1987) · United Kingdom Nigel Mansell (1992) ·
France Alain Prost (1993) · United Kingdom Damon Hill (1996) · Canada Jacques Villeneuve (1997)
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