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Alain Prost


1955 Born February 24 in Lorette, France
1973 Wins Karting World Championship
1976 Begins racing professionally and wins Formula Renault Challenge series
1977 Wins Formula Renault Europe title and begins racing the Formula 3 series
1979 Wins French and European Formula 3 titles
1979 Signed to race the F1 series for McLaren team
1980 Places sixth and fifth, respectively, at first two Grand Prix races; breaks wrist before third
1980 Returns in May to score points at British and Dutch Grand Prix
1980 Frustrated by McLaren car failures, breaks contract to drive for Renault Sport; challenges McLaren to sue
1981 Finishes fifth in the 1981 F1 Championship
1982 Finishes fourth in the 1982 championship, but is plagued by car reliability problems
1983 Loses World Championship by two points; is fired by Renault
1984 Returns to drive for McLaren
1984 Loses World Championship by one-half of a point to teammate Niki Lauda
1985 Wins five Grands Prix and first World Championship
1986 Wins second World Championship, over Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet
1987 Finishes fourth in World Championship
1988 Loses World Championship to teammate Ayrton Senna
1989 Wins World Championship, but tension with Senna leads Prost to defect to Ferrari team
1990 Loses World Championship after controversial crash with Senna
1991 Fired from Ferrari for criticizing team
1992 Sits out 1992 season
1993 Returns to drive for Williams-Renault, wins fourth World Championship, breaks world record with fifty-one Grand Prix wins
1993 Announces retirement when Williams hires Senna
1994 Works for French television and as representative for Renault
1994 Works as consultant for McLaren team
1997 Buys Liegier team, renamed Prost Grand Prix
1998 Debut chassis proves unreliable, team has disappointing season
1999 Peugot engine proves too heavy too win
2000 Sells share of team after third losing season
2002 Begins liquidation of Prost Grand Prix team

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