Alain Prost is the second most prolific winner in the history of Formula 1, having taken 51 victories and 106 podiums in motor racing’s highest echelon.
Prost took four world championships during one of F1’s golden eras of the Eighties and early Nineties alongside the likes of Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet. He is remembered most for his enthralling battles with the legendary Ayrton Senna, with whom he fought for much of that era. Two of their contests ended in infamous clashes at the Japanese GP.
Nicknamed ‘The Professor’, Prost is famed for a smooth driving style - but he only discovered karting at the age of 14 on a family holiday. Thereafter his rise through the ranks was swift and his career overflowing with silverware. Prost ended up winning three titles for McLaren and one for Williams. He also won races for Renault and Ferrari.
After he first hung up his crash helmet, Prost switched to F1 team management, taking over the Ligier team and renaming it Prost Grand Prix - but he was unable to repeat his on-track achievements.
The Frenchman has recently returned to racing action at the Trophée Andros ice racing championship in his native country, where his two titles proved he has lost little of the pace that brought him so much glory. He made his Race Of Champions debut in 2010.
• 4-time Formula 1 world champion
• 51 grand prix wins, 106 podiums
• Double Trophée Andros ice racing champion
2010: Becomes the first former driver to sit on the F1 stewards’ panel at the Bahrain GP
1999: Prost GP’s best result as Jarno Trulli takes second place at the European GP
1980: Scores point on first F1 appearance for McLaren at the Argentine Grand Prix
1979: French and European F3 champion
1976: Dominates French Formula Renault and European Formula Renault title races
1975: French senior karting champion
• Years contested: 2010
• Alain made his Race Of Champions debut in 2010