Alain Marie Pascal Prost is a French retired racing driver and Formula One team owner.
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Alain Marie Pascal Prost is a French retired racing driver and Formula One team owner.
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In 1999, Alain Prost received the World Sports Award of the Century in the motor sport category.
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Alain Prost discovered karting at the age of 14 during a family holiday.
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Alain Prost finished in the points on his Formula One debut – at the San Martin Autodrome in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he took his first podium a year later – and took his first race victory a year later at his home Grand Prix in France, driving for the factory Renault team.
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In 1997, Alain Prost took over the French Ligier team, running it as Alain Prost Grand Prix until it went bankrupt in 2002.
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Alain Prost was nicknamed "The Professor" for his intellectual approach to competition.
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Alain Prost had one younger brother called Daniel, who died of cancer in September 1986.
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Alain Prost considered careers as a gym instructor or a professional footballer before he discovered kart racing at the age of 14 while on a family holiday.
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Alain Prost was married to Anne-Marie was born on 14 February 1955, and but they divorced sometime later.
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Alain Prost has a daughter, Victoria, born from his relationship with Bernadette Cottin.
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Alain Prost lived in his hometown, Saint-Chamond, until he and his Renault team fell out in the early 1980s.
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In 1986, Alain Prost was awarded the Legion d'honneur by the French President, Francois Mitterrand.
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Alain Prost's prize for winning the 1975 French senior karting championship was a season in French Formula Renault, a category in which he won the title and all but one race in 1976.
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Alain Prost went on to win the 1977 Formula Renault European championship before moving up to Formula Three in 1978.
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Alain Prost began his career with McLaren in 1980 alongside Ulsterman John Watson.
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Alain Prost added four more points to his tally during the season, scoring points at Interlagos, Brands Hatch and Zandvoort.
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Alain Prost finished the year 15th in the Drivers' Championship, equalling points with former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi.
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Alain Prost retired from the previous round in Montreal a week earlier because of rear suspension failure.
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Alain Prost has said that he left because of the large number of breakages on the car and because he felt the team blamed him for some of the accidents.
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Alain Prost was partnered with fellow Frenchman Rene Arnoux for 1981.
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Alain Prost finished in the points on four other occasions, but did not win again.
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Alain Prost believes that Arnoux, who won the race, went back on a pre-race agreement to support Alain Prost during the race.
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Alain Prost then led every lap to win what would be the first of 3 Australian Grand Prix wins.
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Alain Prost, who felt the team had been too conservative in developing the car, found himself increasingly at odds with Renault's management, who made him the scapegoat for failing to win a championship.
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The half point came from the Monaco Grand Prix, where Alain Prost had been leading, albeit with Ayrton Senna and Stefan Bellof closing on him rapidly, when Clerk of the Course Jacky Ickx stopped the race at half distance due to heavy rain, which was controversial, for Ickx displayed the red flag without consulting the race officials.
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Under Formula One regulations, Alain Prost received only half of the nine points normally awarded for a victory.
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In 1985 Alain Prost became the first French Formula One World Champion.
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Alain Prost won five of the sixteen Grands Prix during the season.
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Alain Prost finished 20 points ahead of his closest rival, Michele Alboreto.
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Until the latter stages of the final race of the 1986 season, the Australian Grand Prix, Alain Prost appeared set to finish second in the Championship, behind Mansell.
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Alain Prost had the same number of wins as Piquet, but he had four second places to Piquet's three, thus placing him second before the final race.
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The Williams team then pitted Piquet to change tyres as a safety precaution, while Alain Prost had already pitted earlier due to a puncture and did not need to change his tyres again.
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Alain Prost then held the lead ahead of a charging Piquet to the chequered flag and the Championship.
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Alain Prost became the first driver to retain the title since Jack Brabham in 1960.
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Alain Prost was cruising to victory when his car began to run out of fuel three corners from the chequered flag.
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Alain Prost commented after the race that when his car started running dry he immediately thought to himself "shit, I am going to lose this race again", referring to his 1985 disqualification at Imola.
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Alain Prost was eventually classified sixth in the race, as the seventh-placed car was a lap behind.
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Alain Prost finished sixth at the Belgian Grand Prix, where he collided with Gerhard Berger in the Benetton.
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Alain Prost never gave up though and challenged Piquet and Mansell almost until the end, winning three races and breaking Jackie Stewart's record for race victories by winning for the 28th time at the Portuguese Grand Prix.
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The Williams-Hondas had been dominant during qualifying, and Alain Prost started fifth on the grid with a time three seconds slower than Mansell's pole time.
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Alain Prost finished 40 seconds in front of Piquet, with Johansson a further 16 seconds back in third.
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Alain Prost finished the 1987 season in fourth place in the championship behind Piquet, Mansell and Lotus driver Ayrton Senna.
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Alain Prost finished first or second in every race other than his two retirements at Silverstone and Monza.
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Alain Prost won seven races and in total outscored his new teammate Senna by 11 points, despite Senna winning one more race than him.
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Alain Prost went on to be a proponent of essentially the 1990s scoring system: all points counting toward the final results, with a race winner scoring 10 .
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Alain Prost kept to the agreement after Senna won the first start.
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Alain Prost however won the restart, but was passed by Senna under brakes for Tosa.
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Alain Prost went to a friend of his, a French journalist, and told him about the broken agreement between him and Senna.
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Alain Prost, turning into the corner, turned into his teammate's path resulting in a collision and the cars sliding interlocked down the escape road.
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Alain Prost, thinking the World Championship was over, climbed out of his stalled car.
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Alain Prost actually won the Italian Grand Prix, after Senna's engine blew with only 9 laps remaining.
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Alain Prost had a replica trophy made for Dennis but it sat in a cupboard for over 6 years.
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Alain Prost claimed that Senna's foot-tapping style with the accelerator helped keep the RA109-E's revs up in the engine's mid-range where most of the power was, while Prost's smoother style dropped the engines into low revs where they had a pick-up problem.
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Alain Prost's car was running less wing than Senna's which theoretically would give him greater top speed, Prost's McLaren was not able to pass Senna's on the long front straight even though he came off the final Peraltada Curve clearly faster than Senna and had the benefit of a tow.
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In stark contrast, late in the race when Senna was lapping Alain Prost, Senna was easily able to power past Alain Prost on the straight.
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Alain Prost signed to join Ferrari in 1990, becoming the first driver signed to the team after the death of team founder Enzo Ferrari in 1988.
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Mansell recalls one incident where at the 1990 British Grand Prix, the car he drove didn't handle the same as in the previous race where he had taken pole position, and later found out from team mechanics that Alain Prost saw Mansell as having a superior car and had them swapped without Mansell knowing.
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At the first corner Senna, as admitted a year later, intentionally drove his race car into Alain Prost's, taking them both out of the race and sealing the title in his favour.
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Mansell left the Scuderia due to his unstable relationship with Alain Prost, to rejoin Williams for the 1991 Formula One season.
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Alain Prost won no races, only getting onto the podium five times.
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Alain Prost took this out on the team, publicly criticising the team and the Ferrari 643, and subsequently had his contract terminated before the end of the season, immediately prior to the Australian Grand Prix.
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Alain Prost was replaced by Italian driver Gianni Morbidelli for the final race of the 1991 season and by another Italian, Ivan Capelli, for the following season.
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Alain Prost went on a sabbatical year in 1992, which was dominated by Nigel Mansell in a Williams-Renault.
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Alain Prost performed pre-season testing for Ligier early in 1992 and later turned down an offer to drive for the team.
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Alain Prost had a clause in his contract which prevented rival Ayrton Senna from joining the team that year.
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Alain Prost won his fourth and final title in a year when he was regularly challenged by teammate Hill and by Ayrton Senna.
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Shortly before the Portuguese Grand Prix in October 1993, Alain Prost announced he would not defend his world title, because the clause in his contract did not extend to 1994 and Senna would be able to join Williams for the upcoming season, and instead opted to retire.
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At the season's end Alain Prost held the record for most Grand Prix victories, a record that stood for almost a decade.
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Alain Prost was surprised by the gesture, as Senna had declined a handshake at the previous race.
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Alain Prost managed to edge Senna outwards, taking the lead as they went into the first corner, but remained angered by Senna's manoeuvre.
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At the start, Senna got away in the lead and Alain Prost followed him through the first corner without getting in his way.
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At the restart, Alain Prost got away the better of the two but Senna forced his way past him at the first corner, breaking the pair's agreement at the start of the race, leaving Alain Prost furious.
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The information was actually confirmed during the French GP press conference when Ron Dennis said that Alain Prost's car was consistently using more fuel, but not getting more power, than Senna's engine.
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At the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, Alain Prost battled Senna for 4th place, but he felt Senna defended too aggressively and at the first chicane forced Alain Prost to take avoiding action by using the escape road.
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Alain Prost announced his signing with Williams for the upcoming 1993 season.
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Senna too had wanted to join Williams, as they were the most competitive, but Alain Prost had a clause in his contract excluding Senna as a teammate.
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Alain Prost was escorted by police to the Interlagos circuit for the 1993 Brazilian Grand Prix due to the hostility of Brazilians towards him.
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Alain Prost stated that when Senna died "a part of himself had died ", because their careers had been so bound together.
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Senna had felt the same when Alain 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 Alain Prost.
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Alain Prost uses a helmet design based on the three colours of the French flag, blue, white and red, with his name along the side.
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Alain 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 .
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Alain Prost kept a similar design for his entry at Ferrari and Williams.
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On 13 February 1997, Alain Prost bought the Ligier team from Flavio Briatore and renamed it "Alain Prost Grand Prix".
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The day after he bought the team, Alain Prost signed a three-year deal with French car manufacturer Peugeot, who would supply the team with engines from 1998 until 2000.
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Alain Prost came back at the end of the season to race in the last three Grands Prix.
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Alain Prost GP finished sixth in the Constructors' Championship in its first season, with 21 points.
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Alain Prost became the president of Alain Prost Grand Prix at the start of 1998.
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Alain Prost hired John Barnard as a technical consultant, Barnard's B3 Technologies company helping Loic Bigois with the design of the Alain Prost AP02.
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Alain Prost restructured the team, hiring Joan Villadelprat as the managing director and replacing Jenkins with Henri Durand as the team's new technical director.
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The money ran out at the start of the 2002 season and Alain Prost was out of business, leaving debts of around $30 million.
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Alain Prost became an Ambassador for Uniroyal, a position he would keep until May 2006.
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Alain Prost was the first such driver to take on this role, at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix.
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Alain Prost took part in the Race of Champions in 2010, a race organised for legends of motor sport to compete in equal machinery.
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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.
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Alain Prost first completed the race in 2012 with partner Sebastien di Pasqua and then again in 2013, and started but did not finish the race in 2014.
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