Alain Marie Pascal Prost OBE is a retired French racing driver and a four-time Formula One Drivers’ Champion. From 1987 until 2001 he held the record for most Grand Prix victories. He is regarded to be one of the greatest F1 drivers in the history of the sport, and considered by some to be the greatest ever.
About Alain Prost in brief
Alain Marie Pascal Prost OBE is a retired French racing driver and a four-time Formula One Drivers’ Champion. From 1987 until 2001 he held the record for most Grand Prix victories. He is regarded to be one of the greatest F1 drivers in the history of the sport, and considered by some to be the greatest ever. Michael Schumacher surpassed Prost’s total of 51 victories at the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix. Prost discovered karting at the age of 14 during a family holiday. 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. He finished in the points on his Formula One début – at the San Martin Autodrome in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he took his first podium a year later. In 1999, Prost received the World Sports Award of the Century in the motor sport category. He has two sons, Nicolas and Sacha Prost, and a daughter, Victoria. From 2014 to 2018, he raced in Formula E for e- dams Renault, a team run by his father in his hometown Saint-Chamond, France. In December 2015 he became a grandfather for the first time with the birth of his son’s son Kimi d’Honneur d’Mitterne. In 1985 he was awarded the Légion d’honneur by the President of France for services to motor sport. He was also awarded an OBE by the Government of the Republic of France in December 1985 for his services to the sport of motor sport and the economy.
He also received the OBE for his work in the development of the French Olympic Games in 1988. In 1997 he took over the French Ligier team, running it as Prost Grand Prix until it went bankrupt in 2002. From 2003 to 2012 he competed in the Andros Trophy, which is an ice racing championship, taking 38 race victories and winning the championship 3 times. In April 1983, the Prost family moved to S-Croix, Switzerland. They lived there until November 1999, when they moved to Nyon, Nyon in the Nyon region of Switzerland. In the early 1980s, he moved to Saint-chamond in the département of Loire near Lyon, France of Armenian descent. He had one younger brother called Daniel, who died of cancer in September 1986. Although short, standing at 1. 67 m, Prost was an active and athletic child, who enthusiastically took part in diverse sports, including wrestling, roller skating and football. He considered careers as a gym instructor or a professional footballer before he discovered k Kart racing at the aged of 14 while on aFamily holiday. During the 1980s and early 1990s Prost formed a fierce sporting rivalry, mainly with Ayrton Senna but also Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell. After a sabbatical in 1992, he joined the Williams team, prompting Mansell, the reigning Drivers’ Champion, to leave for CART.