Alain ProstTuesday, December 11, 2018
Four-time Formula One drivers’ champion held the record for most grand prix victories from 1987 until 2001, when he was beaten by Michael Schumacher. The French racing driver’s maternal grandparents are Armenian. His grandmother fled from the genocide to France, where she met her husband and gave birth to Marie-Rose Karatchian, Prost’s mother.
Alain Marie Pascal Prost Ruiz, born February 24, 1955 in Saint-Chamond, Loire, France, from an Armenian mother is one of the most successful Formula One drivers of all time. During his Formula One career, which lasted from 1980 to 1993, he won 51 Grands Prix (a record until Michael Schumacher overtook this total in 2001) and won four World Drivers Championships.
The rivalry between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna is said by many to be one of the most exciting ones between two drivers clearly a class ahead of any other in their day. See the resources for a link to an interview with Prost about Senna, a topic that Prost usually steadfastly refuses to discuss.
- Legion d'Honneur (France, '85)
- Champion of Champions Trophy (Grand Prix Former Drivers Club, '88)
- OBE (Britain, '93)
- World Sports Awards of the Century (November, '99)
- The Professor
- The Calculator
- Fast Son of a Bitch (by Niki Lauda)
- The King of Rio (6 wins in Brazil, 5 in Rio de Janeiro)
- Nationality: French
- Height: 5'4"
- Characteristics: Charmingly crooked nose, broken on several occasions
- Spouse: name Anne-Marie Prost
- No. of children: 2 sons, Nicolas and Sacha
- Place of living: Nyon, Switzerland
- Career achievements:
- 85,86,89,93 F1 World Champion
- 83,84,88,90 World Runner-up
- Competed in 199 Grands Prix
- 51 GP wins
- 798.5 championship points
- 106 podium finishes
- 41 fastest laps
- record 6 home GP wins
- running "Prost GP" from 1997 to 2001
From 1997 to 2001 he owned and managed the Prost Grand Prix racing team. The team went bankrupt in early 2002.