Formula One Books: Prost
Foreword from Jenson Button
The authorised biography of the enigmatic racer who fuelled the greatest F1 rivalry of all time.
Four-time Formula One Drivers' Champion Alain Prost is one of the best racing drivers of all time. Having discovered karting at the age of 14 during a family holiday, Prost progressed through motorsport's junior ranks, winning the French and European Formula Three championships, before joining McLaren in 1980 for the first of two periods with the Formula One team.
In his six seasons with McLaren, Alain Prost won 30 races and three driving titles and in 1985 became the first French World Champion. In 1986 he also became the first back-to-back champion since Jack Brabham 26 years earlier. In 1987, his 28th Grand Prix victory beat Jackie Stewart's 14-year-old record.
In 1988 his brilliant new team mate Ayrton Senna won eight races and the driving title. Thus began the sensational rivalry that conspired to push two of the sport's greatest drivers to unprecedented heights of success and controversy, and the most bitter feud in Formula One history.
In February 2015 Prost celebrated his 60th birthday. Author Maurice Hamilton has spent time with the man, who now lives quietly in Geneva, Switzerland, and interviewed him about his racing career, his legacy, his relationship with Senna and his thoughts on racing today.