One of Formula 1’s all-time greats turns 60 today, in the form of four-time World Champion Alain Prost.
Prost’s career remains one of the best in history, with his 51 wins second all-time only to Michael Schumacher (91). He captured the 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993 World Championships – the last coming in his final season in the sport with Williams.
His rivalry with the late Ayrton Senna was legendary, if contentious. It remains the benchmark that all other inter-team rivalries are compared to, even more than 20 years after he started his 199th and final Grand Prix.
Prost’s team ownership career in F1 didn’t pan out quite the same with only a handful of podium finishes for the Prost Grand Prix organization between 1997 and 2001.
Still, after the fact, Prost has remained very much active in bicycle and ice racing, and served as Renault’s international ambassador.
His son Nicolas has been one of the stars of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship with e.Dams, and a regular in FIA World Endurance Championship competition with Rebellion Racing.
McLaren paid tribute… sort of… to Prost’s achievements with the team in this episode of its animated series, “Tooned,” linked below.
Alain remains one of the legends and we at MotorSportsTalk wish him all the best on this day, and going forward.