Alain Prost-France's most successful Grand Prix driver

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Alain Prost-France's most successful Grand Prix driver

Postby craggle78 » Tue 02 Jan, 2007 10:35 pm

Alain Prost,But for a twist of fate Alain Prost might have become a professional footballer instead of a four-time World Champion. The winner of more Grand Prix victories than anyone in history remains a controversial figure when the discussion turns to the greatest drivers of all time. Some are put off by his calculating nature but I do not have any such qualms, as a sober inspection of his record can leave no doubt that he was one of the best. Without Senna’s aura or Clark’s boyish charm he went about his way winning races and titles. After a successful career in the junior formulae he was offered a drive with McLaren in the last race of the 1979 season at Watkins Glen. To the surprise of everyone he turned them down thinking that it would be a mistake to race a Formula 1 car without proper preparation. After a test at Paul Ricard he signed with McLaren for the following season. He made his Formula 1 debut in Argentina in 1980. Driving a less than competitive car he out raced his more experienced teammate, John Watson and ended up in sixth place. But the rest of the season was marred by mechanical failures that resulted in a broken wrist and a concussion. Prost had enough and left the team in disgust.
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In 1981 he joined the resurgent French team Renault as number two to René Arnoux. Again he would overshadow his more experienced teammate and score his first victory at the French Grand Prix. This was followed by victories at Zandvoort and Monza. In 1983 he finished second to Nelson Piquet in the World Championship. Tiring of the pressure to become the first French World Champion driving a French car he returned to McLaren. But this was a very different McLaren, having been taken over by Ron Dennis with a car designed by John Barnard. He again finished runner-up in for the title, this time to his new teammate Niki Lauda. In 1985 he finally won the first of four titles.
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Repeating in 1986 after a three-way shoot-out with Nigel Mansell and Piquet. 1988 saw him partnered with Ayrton Senna. Thus began one of the greatest rivalries in motor sports. A rivalry that was marked by off-course excursions and mutual antipathy that was thankfully resolved shortly before the great Brazilian’s death. 1990 saw him move to Ferrari and a disastrous stint that ended up in his firing from that team. Amazingly a driver of Prost's caliber had been fired from two teams, Renault and now Ferrari. After sitting out 1992 Alain Prost returned to Grand Prix racing as a member of the Williams team. Driving with such precision, it was as if he had never left, he claimed his fourth and final title.
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Alain Prost stats-

Grand Prix starts-202

Number of wins-51

Number of pole positions-33

Number of fastest laps-41

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Re: Alain Prost-France's most successful Grand Prix driver

Postby St. Mackem of Kansas » Tue 02 Jan, 2007 10:41 pm

Keep them coming Craggle, well done mate.
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Postby craggle78 » Tue 02 Jan, 2007 10:44 pm

Thanks Mackem, though I would put my boredom to some use this evening.
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Postby AlesiFan » Wed 03 Jan, 2007 3:58 pm

France's Most Successful Grand Prix Driver?

Is that not a bit like being Nepals's Most Successful Grand Prix Driver?

But I can't really be rude about Bignose.
Heart really isnt in it any more.
And I don't want to upset any fan he has out there. :wink:
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Postby St. Mackem of Kansas » Wed 03 Jan, 2007 7:36 pm

Oh come on, his nose was not big....just a bit Stephen Fry!

Prost was a weird one for sure. He never seemed as though he was going fast until the fastest lap with his name one it flashed up on the screen.

He was a master politician and new how to get a team working for him.

I recall he got a terrible amount of stick from the French press when he quit the British GP because it was too wet and he was out of the points.


I dont think he ever set the world alight with his driving style...a la Jenson Button, but he ranks up there with the best.
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Postby AlesiFan » Wed 03 Jan, 2007 10:05 pm

St. Mackem of Kansas wrote:
I recall he got a terrible amount of stick from the French press when he quit the British GP because it was too wet and he was out of the points.


I think Prost had a rather strained relationship with the folks back home.
Possibly stemming from his success all coming in an English team!
He seemed more comfortable this side of the English channel and I think he got an honourary MBE or some such gong as well didnt he?

Dont see him much these days.
Which is another point in his favour.We have quite enough ex-world champions hanging about F1 giving us their opinions every three seconds and some have won considerably less than 50 GP's!
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Postby St. Mackem of Kansas » Wed 03 Jan, 2007 10:10 pm

I wonder why the press always quote the same guys?

Never a week goes by without a Hill or Stewart quote!
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Postby John » Wed 03 Jan, 2007 10:12 pm

AlesiFan wrote:Dont see him much these days.


I saw him only last month on Motors TV (thanks stradlin21)... he was Ice Racing... and winning :lol:

Can't keep a good racer down...
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