Alain Prost

1955-02-24 (age 66)


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Wolff sought Prost’s advice to avoid Senna-like rivalry issues

Toto Wolff has revealed he asked Alain Prost about his rivalry with Ayrton Senna in a bid to avoid similar issues with his Formula 1 drivers at Mercedes.

Race of my Life: Prost on the 1990 Mexican GP

The latest episode in Autosport’s Race of My Life podcast series is four-time world champion Alain Prost’s remarkable victory in the 1990 Mexican Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher vs Alain Prost: How their stats compare

Today marks a double Spanish Grand Prix anniversary – with Alain Prost having triumphed on this day in the 1993 event while Michael Schumacher came out on top in 2004.

Fuel if you think it’s over: When Senna and Prost paid the price
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Fuel if you think it’s over: When Senna and Prost paid the price

The 1985 San Marino Grand Prix is part of Formula 1 folklore, with three different leaders in the last five laps – none of whom actually won!

Gallery: All McLaren F1 cars since 1966

In 1966 Bruce McLaren founded his Formula 1 team which went on to become a world beater, with 12 drivers’ championships and eight constructors’ titles, via 182 grand prix victories – making it the second most successful squad in history. Here are all of its F1 cars…

Gallery: All Ferrari F1 cars since 1950

Ferrari is the longest serving team in the Formula 1 World Championship. Founded by the legendary Enzo Ferrari, the Scuderia has competed in every season since the championship's inception in 1950. Here are all Ferrari's cars in order...

Retro: The day Hakkinen “kicked Senna’s ass” at McLaren Portuguese GP
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Retro: The day Hakkinen “kicked Senna’s ass” at McLaren

The 1993 Portuguese Grand Prix was significant for a number of reasons – not least Alain Prost’s announcement that he was retiring from the sport, the day before he wrapped up his fourth world title. But it was a big weekend for a young Finn called Mika Hakkinen, too…

Prost admits Renault “still not in a very stable situation”

Renault Formula 1 team non-executive director Alain Prost is confident the Enstone outfit can hang on to fifth place in the World Championship despite a “tough season”, during which he admits it has lacked stability.

Prost v Senna, Suzuka '89: Malice in Hondaland Prime

Prost v Senna, Suzuka '89: Malice in Hondaland

From the Autosport magazine archive, this is the full race report from the October 26 issue in 1989, when the F1 World Championship was decided after Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna collided, leading to a surprise victory for Benetton's Alessandro Nannini – but only after the stewards had intervened...

Flashback: The Prost/Senna collision that shook the world

Thirty years ago today, it happened: Lap 47 of the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix and Ayrton Senna lunges to the inside of McLaren teammate – and Formula 1 World Championship rival – Alain Prost. What happened next would not only cause huge controversy at the time, and define that year’s title, but spark a fire that would rage for years.

Prost: Hubert's death shows safety needs to be "even better"

Former world champion Alain Prost says Anthoine Hubert’s death has highlighted how motor racing needs to make safety "even better" in the future.

Prost takes non-executive director role with Renault F1 team

Alain Prost has taken a more formal role with the Renault Formula 1 operation by becoming a non-executive director of the UK company behind the team.

Ron Dennis opens up on what made Ayrton Senna “phenomenal” Prime

Ron Dennis opens up on what made Ayrton Senna “phenomenal”

In the build-up to the 25th anniversary of Ayrton Senna's death, we're paying tribute to his achievements and reassessing his career with new articles and classic material from the Autosport archive.

Dirty Dozen: F1’s most toxic teammates – ranked!

Ever since racing teams ran more than one car, each driver’s best gauge of performance has been their teammate. While some have managed to coexist in harmony, many took another route – turning competition into conflict. Here, we rank the Top 12 most toxic Formula 1 driver pairings in history…

Alain Prost: Formula 1’s overlooked colossus

There won’t be films made about him, and he certainly won’t be remembered for making a success of team ownership, but Alain Prost is one of the very greatest drivers in Formula 1 history. David Malsher pays tribute.

Prost remembers Senna: The bitter feud that healed

Four-time world champion Alain Prost tells of the day that everything changed in his relationship with his arch-rival Ayrton Senna, six months ahead of the legendary Brazilian's death at Imola.

Clark, Amon, and the speculation that rules motorsport history

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Jimmy Clark's death, David Malsher examines what might have been for the brilliant Scot and what should have been for Chris Amon in 1968. But first, a few more hypotheses from F1 and IndyCar history…

Gallery: All Ferrari F1 cars since 1950

Ferrari is Formula 1's longest standing team, having competed in every single world championship since 1950. Here all the F1 cars manufactured by the iconic Italian brand.

Gallery: All Williams F1 cars since 1978

Williams is one of F1's longest-standing teams and also one of the most successful ones in grand prix racing's history. Here's a gallery of all cars designed by the British outfit since 1978.

33 world champions of Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth Formula 1 title in Mexico, equalling the tally of Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel. But who else have been crowned champion in the past?

Prost: Renault was hurt by "extra pressure" from WEC clash

Alain Prost has promised that Renault e.dams will be a different team in Formula E this season because it does not face any calendar clashes with the World Endurance Championship.

Statistics: Hamilton rules in Suzuka presents statistics and interesting figures from the Japanese Grand Prix, which was won by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Autosport reveals favourite F1 car of all time after fans’ vote

McLaren’s dominant 1988 MP4/4 has won a fan vote to discover what is the most popular Formula 1 car of all time.

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PREMIUM: How Niki Lauda won F1's closest-ever title battle

The 1984 F1 title fight remains the only season where the winning margin for the champion was less than a point. Niki Lauda reveals how he denied his much-faster teammate Alain Prost a first world crown…

30 fastest qualifying laps in F1 history

Only once has a driver broken the 1m barrier in qualifying. We compile a list of the fastest ever qualifying times set in F1's history.

Top statistics from the British GP

All the statistics and figures from the 2017 British Grand Prix.

30 years ago: The drivers and teams of F1 1987

The world title was decided by Nigel Mansell's practice crash at Suzuka, and Nelson Piquet went on to claim his third F1 crown. Here were the runners and riders of F1 1987...

Prost joins Renault F1 team in advisory role

Four-time world champion Alain Prost will be a special advisor to the Renault Formula 1 team in 2017.

F1 should allow "complete freedom" of tyre choice - Prost

Formula 1 should consider a radical overhaul of its tyre rules to open up the possibility for smaller teams to pull off wild strategies and deliver shock results, reckons former champion Alain Prost.

Renault faces dilemma over 2017 focus, says Prost

Alain Prost thinks Renault faces a tougher decision in deciding whether or not to switch all its focus to 2017 because of its current struggles.

Prost: Red Bull could be surprise F1 title contenders

Alain Prost believes that Red Bull now has the chance this season of doing what he did with McLaren in 1986 – and beating the fastest car to Formula 1 title glory.

McLaren celebrates its Formula 1 heroes and history with 50th anniversary campaign – video

An online video film charts some of the pivotal moments in the McLaren's history

Hamilton/Rosberg a racing incident - Prost

Alain Prost believes that the collision between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton should be deemed a racing incident because so many factors were at play.

Prost says Renault F1 role would have made no sense

Alain Prost thinks it would have made no sense for him to play a major role in Renault's new Formula 1 team – but is open to new TV opportunities.

F1 needs solutions, not criticisms - Prost

Four-time world champion Alain Prost believes that Formula 1 needs solutions rather than criticisms, as it looks to rebuild its popularity over the next few years.

Prost: Renault F1 return can complement Formula E programme

Four-time Formula 1 World Champion Alain Prost says the mooted purchase by Renault of the Lotus Formula 1 team would link up well with the manufacturer's current Formula E commitments.

Stewart and Prost ‘demoted’ as Senna coffin carriers, claims new TV series

Grand Prix racing legends Sir Jackie Stewart and Alain Prost were originally planned to have been at the front of the ceremony to carry Ayrton Senna’s coffin during his funeral service, claims a new TV series in Brazil.

Prost and Senna: Might bitter rivals have joined forces?

Could Ayrton Senna have really driven for Alain Prost’s Formula 1 team? As ludicrous as it sounds, when you recall their bitter racing feuds, it just might have happened had he lived longer…

e.dams-Renault proud of the teams’ title but disappointed for Sébastien Buemi

Sébastien Buemi saw the chequered flag in fifth place and lost the drivers’ title by a mere point in a race that was a real cliff-hanger!

Prost: F1 may have to agree to big changes

Former world champion Alain Prost says Formula 1 has to decide where it wants to be in 10 years - and adds that the sport could learn some lessons from the way Formula E's stakeholders are working together to promote the new series.

Pirelli on Bahrain GP: Mixed tactics ensure close battles from start to finish

Falling track and air temperatures add extra complexity to strategy decisions.

Brazilian Stock Cars: In mixed conditions, guest drivers show their pace

First practice in Goiania was split in two groups, with the second one right after a light rain.

Formula One needs a new audience - Prost

Former world champion Alain Prost believes it is key for Formula One to attract a new audience that can appreciate the sport in its current form.

Prost sees no need to penalise Mercedes

Four-time Formula One world champion Alain Prost believes there is no reason to punish Mercedes for dominating the sport.

Defined by competition

To be a champion in iracing is no easy task.

McLaren-Honda begins new era with MP4-30

McLaren and Honda are working to write a fresh chapter in Formula 1

McLaren-Honda launches 2015 F1 challenger

New Honda era begins as wraps come off eagerly-anticipated MP4-30 contender.

How will the 2014 Formula 1 season be remembered?

From a great rivalry and brand new regulations to the life threatening accident of Jules Bianchi and the financial demise of two will you look back on 2014?

Nicolas Prost clinches a podium finish for e.dams Renault

Sébastien Buemi, who set pole, had to retire when he was in the lead.

Sebastian the Fifth – Vettel, the German number 5 in Maranello

Sebastian Vettel will become the fifth German to have officially driven a Ferrari Formula 1 car.

Autocourse back in time: Ayrton Senna, profile of a champion

David Tremayne from Autocourse looks back on the legend Ayrton Senna after claiming the World Championship in 1988 in his first year with McLaren in this classic piece.

Top 20 moments of 2014, #5: Marussia/Caterham give new meaning to money problems

Looking back of the top 20 moments of 2014, the struggles of Marussia and Caterham cannot be overlooked.

Prost advice helped prevent Mercedes 'war' - Wolff

Alain Prost gave Mercedes crucial advice early this year to help avoid a repeat of his troubled pairing with Ayrton Senna in the late 80s.

Sebastien Buemi scores e-dams-Renault’s maiden victory!

The points that Nicolas Prost harvested with his seventh-place finish helped e-dams-Renault to take the lead in the teams’ ratings.

Button optimistic as McLaren retains him for 2015

Jenson Button is full of optimism for the 2015 season after finally being confirmed at McLaren today.

Eric Boullier tribute to Francois Guiter

On behalf of all at McLaren, Racing Director Eric Boullier pay tribute to Francois Guiter died on this weekend.

Prost doubts Renault can catch Mercedes in 2015

F1 legend Alain Prost doubts struggling engine supplier Renault can catch dominant Mercedes in 2015.

F1 world still guessing on Alonso's next move

Yet another week in F1 history is passing by with little more known about the future of arguably the sport's biggest name.

Rosberg appoints himself 'title hunter'

Nico Rosberg has admitted he will think more about his own interests now after Mercedes wrapped up the constructors' championship in Russia.

Andretti Autosport engineer Roger Griffiths high on Formula E

He was "a bit of a skeptic,' but now convinced it has a future.