A Legendary sportsman
A four-time Formula One World Champion with 51 victories to his name, his racing duels have gone down in history as some of the most exciting ever. In his first Formula One season – one of the most competitive periods ever seen – he finished in the points four times. For the 1981 season he signed for the Renault team. He would not have to wait long for his first win, which came on home soil in the 1981 French Grand Prix at Dijon. The victories just kept coming: he had nine during his three seasons with Renault, including at Monza, Silverstone and the Osterreichring.
In 1984 Alain returned to McLaren and a remarkable era began. In six seasons Alain won a total of 30 races, three World Championships and was runner-up twice. He became the first French World Champion in 1985, the first back-to-back champion since Jack Brabham in 1986 and, in 1987, his 28th Grand Prix victory beat Jackie Stewart’s 14-year-old record.
In 1988, Prost contributed seven wins to his McLaren-Honda team’s season dominance with 15 victories from 16 races. However, a sensational rivalry was the headline act. New team-mate Ayrton Senna won eight races and the title, but the on – and often off-track – battles pushed each driver to new, unprecedented heights of success. The two continued McLaren’s domination throughout 1989, with Alain proving victorious that year.