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Alain Prost Victories
1981 France
1981 Holland
1981 Italy
1982 Brazil
1982 South Africa
1983 Austria
1983 Belgium
1983 France
1983 Great Britain
1984 Brazil
1984 Europe
1984 Germany
1984 Holland
1984 Monaco
1984 Portugal
1984 San Marino
1985 Austria
1985 Brazil
1985 Britain
1985 Italy
1985 Monaco
1986 Australia
1986 Austria
1986 Monaco
1986 San Marino
1987 Belgium
1987 Brazil
1987 Portugal
1988 Australia
1988 Brazil
1988 Spain
1988 France
1988 Mexico
1988 Monaco
1988 Portugal
1989 France
1989 Great Britain
1989 Italy
1989 United States
1990 Brazil
1990 Spain
1990 France
1990 Great Britain
1990 Mexico
1993 Canada
1993 Spain
1993 France
1993 Great Britain
1993 Germany
1993 San Marino
1993 South Africa

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Alain ProstBut for a twist of fate Alain Prost might have become a professional footballer instead of a four-time World Champion. Born in The winner of more Grand Prix victories than anyone in history remains a controversial figure when the discussion turns to the greatest drivers of all time. Some are put off by his calculating nature but I do not have any such qualms, as a sober inspection of his record can leave no doubt that he was one of the best. Without Senna’s aura or Clark’s boyish charm he went about his way winning races and titles.

Alain ProstAfter a successful career in the junior formulae he was offered a drive with McLaren in the last race of the 1979 season at Watkins Glen. To the surprise of everyone he turned them down thinking that it would be a mistake to race a Formula 1 car without proper preparation. After a test at Paul Ricard he signed with McLaren for the following season. He made his Formula 1 debut in Argentina in 1980. Driving a less than competitive car he out raced his more experienced teammate, John Watson and ended up in sixth place. But the rest of the season was marred by mechanical failures that resulted in a broken wrist and a concussion. Prost had enough and left the team in disgust. In 1981 he joined the resurgent French team Renault as number two to René Arnoux. Again he would overshadow his more experienced teammate and score his first victory at the French Grand Prix. This was followed by victories at Zandvoort and Monza. In 1983 he finished second to Nelson Piquet in the World Championship.

Great rivalries are among the glories of sport, and Malcolm Folley's book Senna Versus Prost ... examines one of the most fascinating Guardian The writing is excellent, which is no surprise coming from this seasoned journalist. The narrative is intelligent ... A familiar story is still worth telling if done well. In this case, it's mission accomplished. Motor Sport thanks to Folley, we have Alain Prost's account of a time when F1 ran red from the pit stop to the podium to enlighten us on one of racing's greatest rivalries GQ ... for a superb insight into antagonism between F1 team-mates, read Malcolm Folley's brilliant new book Senna Versus Prost, which charts the rivalry between two of the sport's greatest-ever drivers Daily Mirror With the inside track of having covered the sport for a number of years, Folley writes with authority as he weaves a picture of the sporting greats lives and rivalry Press Association Having covered the sport for a number of years, Folley writes with authority as he weaves a picture of the lives of two of the sport's greats and how their rivalry played out Daily Star Malcolm Folley's excellent book gives a blow-by-blow account of a fascinating chapter in F1 history. 4 stars, Irish Daily Star on Sunday magazine a breathtaking read Brighton Argus

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Tiring of the pressure to become the first French World Champion driving a French car he returned to McLaren. But this was a very different McLaren, having been taken over by Ron Dennis with a car designed by John Barnard. He again finished runner-up in for the title, this time to his new teammate Niki Lauda. In 1985 he finally won the first of four titles. 

Repeating in 1986 after a three-way shoot-out with Nigel Mansell and Piquet. 1988 saw him partnered with Ayrton Senna. Thus began one of the greatest rivalries in motor sports. A rivalry that was marked by off-course excursions and mutual antipathy that was thankfully resolved shortly before the great Brazilian’s death. 1990 saw him move to Ferrari and a disastrous stint that ended up in his firing from that team. Amazingly a driver of Prost's caliber had been fired from two teams, Renault and now Ferrari. After sitting out 1992 Alain Prost returned to Grand Prix racing as a member of the Williams team. Driving with such precision, it was as if he had never left, he claimed his fourth and final title. Alain Prost is now the owner of his own team, Prost – Grand Prix and is bringing the same amount of care and attention to detail that hallmarked his remarkable racing career.

Alain Prost is also one of the wealthiest racing drivers of all time with a reported net worth of $185 million. Anyone with that amount of wealth could easily afford to charter a yacht or purchase any one of the best used Princess yachts for sale. 

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