Alain Prost went about his way winning races and titles, and when he left, he was four time world champion and had most Grand Prix victories to his name. This tells volumes about the talent of Alain Prost, who, for his thinking nature, was nicknamed 'The Professor'.
Alain Prost was born on 24 February 1955 near Saint Chamond in the
Loire region of Central France.
Prost discovered karting at the age of 14. He won a number of titles at
the motor sport's junior ranks. Then he underlined his presence in the
single seaters winning the French and European Formula Three
championships. At 25, he joined McLaren Formula 1 team in 1980. He
scored points on his debut and won France Grand Prix a year later.
However he was not happy with the way team McLaren was run and left to
In 1983 he ended second to Nelson Piquet in the World Championship. He
was runner up to Nikki Lauda in 1984. Prost won his first title in 1985.
With the course of time, Prost developed close rivalries with great
driver Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell. In 1986, he went past Mansell and
Nelson Piquet to win the title. For 1988 Senna joined Prost at McLaren.
Their cars collided at the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix giving Prost his
third Drivers' Championship. Next year they again collided, but this
time round, result was different. Prost was knocked off and Senna won
the title. Prost emerged victorious in 1989 F1 season beating many of
his rivals. Prost last won the title in 1993.
Approach to Sport
Prost was always a calculating person. He did not believe in sheer speed
and depended on his calculation to win races. He began a race
conservatively, taking it easy on the brakes and tires and then making a
late charge. His main opponent Ayrton Senna was totally different. His
tendency was to go flat out all the time. This made Senna more appealing
in the view of general spectators.
Know about the F1 career of Alain Prost, considered among the greatest drivers of all times. Achievements of Alain Prost are quite remarkable in Formula 1.