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ALAIN PROST

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Alain Prost

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They called him 'le professeur'. Silky smooth, fiercley intelligent and with four world titles on his CV, it was a well-deserved nickname

Prost learned how to win races with unreliable Renault from 1981-1983, but it was losing to McLaren team-mate Niki Lauda in 1984 that taught him that you also needed guile to win a title. Back-to-back crowns followed.

But it was Prost's battles with Ayrton Senna, who joined McLaren in 1988, that defined his career. Their relationship hit rock bottom at Suzuka in 1989, where a collision between the two gave Prost to take his third world title. A year later, with Prost now at Ferrari, it happened again, this time with Senna clinching the crown.

After falling out with Ferrari, Prost took a year out before returning for one more year with Williams in 1993. Needless to say, he won the title.

Alain Prost

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STATISTICS

Born24 Feb 1955
Age59
Active years1980 - 1993
Champion1985, 1986, 1989, 1993
Presences202
Starts199
Wins51
Podiums106
Poles33
Front row86
Fastest laps41
Races led84

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