Alain Prost 1985

“The Professor” is celebrating his 55th birthday today!

The four-time world champion held the all-time record of race victories (51 in total) until overtaken by Michael Schumacher in the 2001 season.

Known for being one of the mechanically sympathetic and canniest strategic drivers in the sport’s history, Prost had the masterful ability to win at the slowest possible speed to nurse his car to the finish line.

Sadly, his abilities as a driver did not translate to team management!

After clinching his final title in 1993 with Williams, Prost retired and bought the Ligier team in 1997.

Renaming the team eponymously, the first Prost chassis – the Peugeot-powered AP01 – was a complete dog and the team took a single point all season in 1998.

His team battled on for three more seasons before the debts became too large and he closed the team at the season’s end.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.