Three times world champion Alain Prost said on Friday (September 24) he was retiring from Formula One motor racing after the Australian Grand Prix at the end of the season.
1. RECENT ALAIN PROST
2. PROST DRIVING RENAULT ELF AT PAUL RICARD DRIVING SCHOOL IN 1975
3. PROST IN CAR NO. 1 WINNING FORMULA RENAULT RACE IN 1976 IN FRANCE
4. PROST IN CAR NO 66 WINNING EUROPEAN FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN FRANCE IN 1979
5. FORMULA ONE DEBUT FOR MCLAREN AT ARGENTINIAN GRAND PRIX IN JANUARY 1980 (NO 8)
6. PROST WINS HIS FIRST GRAND PRIX IN FRANCE FOR RENAULT (NO 15) IN JULY 1981
7. PROST IN A MCLAREN AT PAUL RICARD CIRCUIT, FRANCE IN DECEMBER 1984
8. PROST WINS ITALIAN GRAND PRIX (NO 2) AT MONZA, SEPTEMBER 1985
9. NIGEL MANSELL (5) TYRE BURSTS ALLOWING PROST (1) TO WIN AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX IN OCTOBER 1986 AND TAKE THE WORLD TITLE
10. JAPANESE GRAND PRIX, 1989, AND PROST (2) WINS WORLD TITLE WHEN TEAM MATE AYRTON SENNA (1) IS DISQUALIFIED AFTER WINNING RACE
11. 1990 PROST BEING WAVED AT BY FERRARI FANS AFTER WINNING GRAND PRIX IN 1990
12. JAPANESE GRAND PRIX AT SUZUKA, OCTOBER 1990 AND PROST (1) AND SENNA (27) COLLIDE AT FIRST BEND.
13. PROST TESTING WITH WILLIAMS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ESTORIL, SEPTEMBER 1992
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Background: Three times world champion Alain Prost said on Friday (September 24) he was retiring from Formula One motor racing after the Australian Grand Prix at the end of the season.
The Frenchman had earlier taken provisional pole with a qualifying lap record for Williams in the first practice for Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix.
The Australian race is scheduled to be Prost's 199th race in a long, successful and sometimes stormy career during which he has gathered a record total of 51 wins with Renault, McLaren, Ferrari and Williams. He also took pole position 32 times and set a record 40 fastest race laps.
Prost said he had made the decision a month ago and was announcing the move today to avoid "speculation and rumours".
The announcement coincides with his bitter rival Ayrton Senna saying he will leave the McLaren team at the end of the year. The Brazilian is reportedly keen to drive for Williams.
Prost hopes to clinch his fourth world drivers' title with victory in Estoril, the circuit where, in 1987, he passed Briton Jackie Stewart's record of 27 Grand Prix wins.
In July, the 38-year-old Prost became the first driver to win 50 Formula One races with victory at the British Grand Prix.
Nicknamed "The Professor" for his studious approach, he graduated to Formula One with McLaren in 1980 after successful careers in Formula Renault and Formula Three.
He won his first Grand Prix a year later in front of his home crowd and driving for French team Renault.
He won his first World Championship in 1985 and in 1986 a burst tyre knocked Nigel Mansell of the UK out of the Australian Grand Prix, allowing Prost to take the title.
His third World Championship came in 1989 and was clinched when teammate Senna was disqualified after winning the Japanese Grand Prix.
Next year Senna won the title after he collided with Prost, his only possible challenger for the title, knocking both out of the Japanese race on the first corner.
Prost, then with Ferrari, angrily complained Senna had caused the accident deliberately to wreck his chances of gaining his fourth championship.
The Italian team fired him before the end of his contract in 1991 because of his constant complaining at what he called their deficient organisation.
After a sabbatical year spent as a television commentator, Prost returned this season for Williams.