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Alain Prost

Knowledge Identifier: +Alain_Prost


Alain Prost

French racing driver add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1955.

Countries: (26%), France (20%), United Kingdom (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Formula One, Ayrton Senna, Australian Grand Prix

Linked to: McLaren, Scuderia Ferrari, Equipe Ligier, TF1




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Alain Prost was born in 1955 add something


In 1974 he left school to become a full-time racer, supporting himself by tuning engines and becoming a kart distributor add something


Prost went on to win the 1977 Formula Renault European championship before moving up to Formula Three in 1978 add something


Automobiles Martini - Future four time World Drivers' Champion Alain Prost used a Renault powered Martini to win the 1978 and 1979 French Formula Three Championship while driving for famed French team Oreca


In 1979 he won both the French and European F3 championships, by which time he was on the shopping lists of several Formula One teams add something


Renault Sport - In 1979, Alain Prost won the FIA European Formula Three Championship with a Renault engine prepared by Oreca


After carefully considering his options, he chose to sign with McLaren for 1980 add something


During the 1980s and early 1990s, Prost formed a fierce rivalry with mainly Ayrton Senna, but Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell add something


He progressed through motor sport's junior ranks, winning the French and European Formula Three championships, before joining the McLaren Formula One team in 1980 at the age of 25 add something


In 1980 I finished three or four times in seventh place add something


Prost began his career with McLaren in 1980 alongside Ulsterman John Watson add something


Prost lived in his hometown, Saint-Chamond, until he and his Renault team fell out in the early 1980s add something


Prost was partnered with fellow Frenchman René Arnoux for 1981 add something


Brazilian Grand Prix - In 1981, Carlos Reutemann disobeyed team orders to let his teammate Alan Jones by and took the victory; the following year Piquet finished 1st and Keke Rosberg finished 2nd but because of the FISA-FOCA war, Piquet and Rosberg were both disqualified for being underweight in post-race scrutineering, and the race victory was given to 3rd placed Alain Prost, who would go on to win at Jacarepagua 4 more times


Italian Grand Prix - The 1981 Italian Grand Prix was won by rising star Alain Prost, and that race saw Briton John Watson have a huge accident at the second Lesmo Curve which took out Italian Michele Alboreto


German Grand Prix - The 1981 event saw a tremendous battle between Jones and rising star Alain Prost in a Renault, with Jones passing Prost in the stadium due to interference by Prost's backmarker teammate Rene Arnoux; but the race was won by Brazilian Nelson Piquet after Jones went into the pits with problems with his Williams


Gerhard Berger - The departure of Alesi and Berger from Ferrari to Benetton spelt the end of the number 27 and 28 era for Ferrari that stretched back to 1981 with Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi only interrupted by the signing of 1989 world champion Alain Prost for the 1990 season


He has since commented that "When I went to Renault the journalists wrote good things about me, but by 1982 I had become the bad guy add something


Prost won the first two Grands Prix of the 1982 season in South Africa, where Prost recovered from losing a wheel, and Brazil, where he finished 3rd but was awarded the win after Piquet and Keke Rosberg were disqualified add something


Australian Grand Prix - Brazilian Roberto Moreno dominated this era, winning three of the four races, ceding only the 1982 race to future four-time World Champion Alain Prost


Australian Grand Prix - Frenchman Alain Prost is the only driver to win the Australian Grand Prix in both non-championship and World Championship formats, having won the race in 1982, 1986, and again in 1988


Jacques Laffite - He finished second to fellow Frenchman Alain Prost in 1982, and third behind Brazilian Roberto Moreno and Australian John Smith in 1983


Arnoux left Renault in 1983, and American Eddie Cheever replaced him as Prost's partner add something


In April 1983 the Prost family moved to Sainte-Croix, Switzerland, and shortly after to Yens, Switzerland add something


Ron Dennis - By the end of the year, Alain Prost, who had finished second in the 1983 Drivers' Championship with Renault but was fired after publicly criticising the team following the loss of both the Drivers' and Constructors Championships, had been signed to replace Watson


Brabham - In the 1983 season, Piquet took the championship lead from Renault's Alain Prost at the last race of the year, the South African Grand Prix to become the first driver to win the Formula One drivers' world championship with a turbo-powered car


He re-signed for McLaren for the 1984 season within days and moved his family home to Switzerland add something


The only exceptions were in 1984 when Niki Lauda won by half a point, and in Prost's first F1 season, when he was beaten by John Watson add something


Jo Ramirez - From 1984 to 2001 Ramírez was coordinator of the McLaren Formula One team, including during the infamous Prost / Senna clash of the late-1980s


Derek Warwick - He joined Renault in 1984 after Alain Prost left them at the end of 1983


Jacky Ickx - In 1984, Ickx acted as Formula One race director in Monaco, and red-flagged the race because of rain, when leader Alain Prost in a Porsche-powered McLaren was about to be caught by a young Ayrton Senna


Portuguese Grand Prix - In 21 October 1984, Portugal returned to the F1 calendar, ending the season, where Frenchman Alain Prost won the race but failed to win the Championship by half a point from his teammate, Austrian Niki Lauda who finished 2nd in the race


In 1985 Prost became the first French Formula One World Champion add something


Niki Lauda retired for good at the end of 1985, and was replaced at McLaren by 1982 Champion Keke Rosberg for 1986 add something


Prost's helmet changed in 1985, as his helmet now had the blue detail around the front, surrounding the visor and a white ring with red lines surrounding the top add something


Prost's performance in 1985 earned him the Légion d'honneur distinction in France add something


In 1986 or 1987 Prost was awarded the Legion d'Honneur by President François Mitterrand add something


Until the latter stages of the final race of the 1986 season, the Australian Grand Prix, Prost appeared set to finish second in the Championship, behind Mansell add something


With Rosberg retiring from Formula One at the end of 1986 season, Stefan Johansson filled the McLaren seat alongside Prost for the 1987 season add something


Prost had one younger brother called Daniel, who died of cancer in September 1986 add something


Despite Nelson Piquet winning the Drivers' Championship and Williams winning the Constructors' Championship, Honda decided not to supply the team with their engines, partly due to Williams' refusal to dump Nigel Mansell and hire Japanese driver and Honda test driver Satoru Nakajima , and instead supplied the McLaren team for 1988 add something


From 1987 until 2001 Prost held the record for most Grand Prix victories add something


Prost finished the 1987 season in fourth place, 30 points behind champion Nelson Piquet add something


In 1988, although Prost scored more points in total than his team-mate Ayrton Senna, only the best eleven of sixteen results counted towards the championship, which Senna won add something


The rivalry originated in 1988, when Senna joined Prost at the McLaren team add something


Ayrton Senna - In 1988, he joined Frenchman Alain Prost at McLaren-Honda


Ayrton Senna - In 1988, thanks to the relationship he had built up with Honda throughout the 1987 season with Lotus, and with the approval of McLaren's number one driver and then-double world champion, Alain Prost, Senna joined the McLaren team


Formula One - The rivalry between racers Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost became F1's central focus during 1988, and continued until Prost retired at the end of 1993


As in 1989, a controversial collision between the two settled the race add something


During 1989 Prost began to contemplate starting his own team, as his relationship with his McLaren teammate, Ayrton Senna, had turned sour add something


McLaren's domination continued throughout 1989, and the Prost-Senna struggle for supremacy put them on a collision course add something


Senna's disqualification meant that it was mathematically impossible for him to overhaul Prost's points total, and so the 1989 Championship went to the Frenchman add something


The rivalry reached its peak at the end of 1989, when the title was to be decided between Senna and Prost at Suzuka add something


As a result, Prost announced in July 1989 that he would depart from McLaren and the Frenchman quickly joined his new employers: Ferrari add something


Ron Dennis - It was Alain Prost's actions with the winners trophy in Italy in 1989 that prompted Dennis to rule from that point on McLaren had ownership of all trophies won by the team and its drivers, with the drivers free to have replicas made of their race winning trophies for their own collections if they so desired


United States Grand Prix - The McLaren team dominated all three years, with Alain Prost winning in 1989 and Ayrton Senna in 1990 and 1991


Prost and John Barnard, formerly chief designer at McLaren, came close to founding a team in 1990; but a lack of sponsorship meant that this was not possible, so Prost moved to Ferrari add something


The Frenchman replaced Gerhard Berger at Ferrari and was partnered with Britain's Nigel Mansell for 1990 add something


Pneumatic valve springs - Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Michael_Schumacher, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve each won a Driver's championship in the 1990s with Renault engines


Brazilian Grand Prix - The first race at the new Interlagos in 1990 was won by Alain Prost, who won his 40th career race and his 6th Brazilian Grand Prix


After falling out with the Italian team at the end of 1991, Prost found himself without a drive for 1992; after the failure of extensive negotiations with Guy Ligier about buying his Ligier team, Prost decided to join Williams for 1993 add something


Before the end of a winless 1991 season Prost was fired by Ferrari for his public criticism of the team add something


There was one controversial incident in 1991, Prost's inferior Ferrari was unable to put up a challenge regularly to Senna's frontrunning McLaren add something


Max Mosley - In 1991, Mosley challenged Balestre for the presidency of FISA. Mosley said that his decision to challenge the Frenchman was prompted by Balestre's reported intervention on behalf of his countryman Alain Prost to ensure that race stewards disqualified Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna from the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix


After a sabbatical in 1992, Prost joined the Williams team, prompting reigning drivers' champion Mansell to leave for CART add something


Prost performed pre-season testing for Ligier early in 1992 and later turned down an offer to drive for the team add something


The Frenchman took a sabbatical in 1992 after being fired from Ferrari for publicly criticizing the car and the team, while the Brazilian struggled as McLaren was no longer competitive with Williams add something


British Grand Prix - After 1992, Mansell had retired from F1, and 1993 saw new Williams driver Damon Hill lead much of the race until his engine blew up, and Hill's French teammate Alain Prost took his 50th career Grand Prix win


James Hunt - Hunt criticized 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell for failing to defend his F1 title in 1993, stating that Mansell left to "avoid racing Alain Prost in the same car" and gave "two fingers to the business and the team"


Mecachrome - Renault engines powered Williams and Benetton to six consecutive Constructors' World Championships between 1992 and 1997, and five Drivers' titles with Nigel Mansell , Alain Prost , Michael Schumacher , Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve


Italian Grand Prix - Senna won again in 1992, and 1993 saw Williams drivers Alain Prost and Damon Hill battle hard, and while leading, Prost's engine failed and Hill went on to take victory


After hearing that Prost would be his teammate again in 1993, Mansell left Williams to race in the CART series add something


During the 1993 season, Prost and Senna continued their on-track rivalry add something


Prost announced his signing with Williams for the upcoming 1993 season add something


Senna had felt the same when Prost had retired at the end of 1993, when he admitted to a close friend that he had realised how much of his motivation had come from fighting with Prost add something


With a competitive car, Prost won the 1993 championship and retired from Formula One driving at the end of the year add something


Damon Hill - When Mansell's team-mate Riccardo Patrese left Williams to drive for Benetton in 1993, Hill was unexpectedly promoted to the race team alongside triple world champion Alain Prost ahead of more experienced candidates such as Martin Brundle and Mika Häkkinen


During 1994 and 1995, Prost worked as TV pundit for the French TV channel TF1 add something


On 1 May 1994, Ayrton Senna was killed during the San Marino Grand Prix add something


In 1995, when Prost was working for Renault, people began to assume that a Prost-Renault team would be formed in the near future add something


Andre de Cortanze - At the end of 1995, he moved to Ligier, but moved to Toyota Europe when the team was sold to Alain Prost


For the team's first season, Prost kept one of Ligier's 1996 drivers, Olivier Panis, who had won the Monaco Grand Prix the previous year; Japanese driver Shinji Nakano was signed to partner Panis add something


In 1997, Prost took over the French Ligier team, running it as Prost Grand Prix until it went bankrupt in 2002 add something


On 13 February 1997, Prost bought the Ligier team from Flavio Briatore and renamed it "Prost Grand Prix" add something


Jean Alesi - Alesi moved on, initially to Sauber and later Prost, the latter being owned by his former Ferrari teammate Alain Prost after Prost had bought the Ligier team in early 1997 and re-named it


Prost became the president of Prost Grand Prix at the start of 1998 add something


The day after he bought the team, Prost signed a three-year deal with French car manufacturer Peugeot, who would supply the team with engines for the 1998 season through the 2000 season add something


In 1999, Prost received the "World Sports awards of the Century" in the motor sport category add something


They lived there until November 1999, when they moved to Nyon in the same country add something


German Michael Schumacher broke Prost's record of 51 Grand Prix wins during the 2001 season add something


Hungarian Grand Prix - In 2001, Michael Schumacher equalled Alain Prost's record 51 Grand Prix wins at the Hungaroring, in the drive which secured his 4th World Title which matched Prost's career tally


Belgian Grand Prix - Schumacher won his 52nd Grand Prix at Spa in 2001, surpassing Alain Prost's all-time record of 51 wins


Prost continued to compete in the Andros Trophy, winning the title with Toyota in 2006/07, 2007/08 and with Dacia in 2011/2012 add something


Sometimes, Prost used variants of his helmet design, in 2007 he used his original design, but with the circle top all red and a red line in the lower chin area add something


Rene Arnoux - In 2007 and 2008 he drove for the Renault H&C Classic Team, when he presented and drove Alain Prost's F1 car from 1983 at World Series by Renault events


In 2010, he used a pearl white helmet with silver flames and a blue-white-red-white-blue stripe trepassing the visor, designed by kaos design add something


Prost took part in the Race of Champions in 2010, a race organised for legends of motor sport to compete in equal machinery add something


Australian Grand Prix - As of November 2011 four times World Drivers' Champion Alain Prost from France remains the only driver to win the AGP in both World Championship and domestic formats winning the Australian Drivers' Championship 1982 race before winning in Adelaide in 1986 and 1988


In February 2012, Alain Prost was named as Renault's new international ambassador, representing the company in sports demonstrations and at events organized or attended by Renault add something


In March 2012, Alain Prost travelled to South Africa and successfully completed the Absa Cape Epic 8-day stage mountain bike race, with partner Sebastien di Pasqua add something


He intends to ride for a second time during the 2013 event add something


In October 2013 it was announced that Prost would join forces with Jean-Paul Driot's DAMS racing team to form e add something


In June 2014 the team announced that its initial driver line-up would consist of Nicolas Prost and Sebastien Buemi add something


In December 2015, Prost became a grandfather with the birth of Nicolas Prost's son Kimi add something


Sonia Leong - She was filmed for CNN International's 2015 coverage of Formula One historic battles at the Suzuka Circuit, illustrating the rivalry between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost


Australian Grand Prix - As of the 2016 edition, four times World Drivers' Champion Alain Prost from France remains the only driver to win the AGP in both World Championship and domestic formats winning the Australian Drivers' Championship 1982 race before winning in Adelaide in 1986 and 1988


In 2017 it was announced that Prost would be hired as a special adviser for the Renault Formula One Team add something


Australian Grand Prix - As of the 2017 edition, four times World Drivers' Champion Alain Prost from France remains the only driver to win the AGP in both World Championship and domestic formats winning the Australian Drivers' Championship 1982 race before winning in Adelaide in 1986 and 1988