Alain Marie Pascal Prost, is a French racing driver. A record four-time Formula One Drivers' Cham.pion, Prost has won more titles than any driver except for Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. At the age of 14, he progressed through motor sport's junior ranks, winning the French and European Formula Three championships, before joining the McLaren Formula One team in 1980 at the age of 25. He finished in the points on his Formula One début in Argentina and took his first race victory at his home Grand Prix in France. During the 1980s and early 1990s, Prost formed a fierce rivalry with mainly Ayrton Senna. In 1986, at the last race of the season, he managed to pip Mansell and Piquet of Williams to the title after Mansell retired late on in the race. Senna joined Prost at McLaren in 1988 and the two had a series of controversial clashes, including a collision at the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix that gave Prost his third Drivers' Championship. After a sabbatical in 1992, Prost joined the Williams team. With a competitive car, Prost's profile did better and won the 1993 championship and retired from driving at the end of the year.
In 1997, Prost took over the French Ligier team, running it as Prost Grand Prix until it went bankrupt in 2002. He currently competes in the Andros Trophy, which is an ice racing championship. From 1987 until 2001 Prost held the record for most Grand Prixvictories. Schumacher surpassed Prost's total of 51 victories at the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix. In 1999, Prost received the World Sports Awards of the Century in the motor sport category.