As new world champions are crowned each decade, previous victors steadily fade from memory. However, great ones such as Alain Prost will be remembered.
The 58-year-old Frenchman was a four-time world champion (1985, 1986, 1989, 1993), ranking behind Michael Schumacher (seven times) and Juan Manuel Fangio (five times).
He won his first three drivers’ championships with McLaren before he left for Ferrari and got fired for publicly criticising the sports car maker. Taking a sabbatical in 1992, Prost returned to Formula One in 1993 with Williams, won his fourth title and retired at the end of the season.
Nicknamed "The Professor", Prost is known for his intellectual way of driving and how he was good at conserving his brakes and tyres.
A significant controversy about his racing career was his intense rivalry with the late Ayrton Senna. It started when Senna joined Prost at McLaren in 1988 and the two then got into a series of controversial clashes, including one at the 1989Read More »from No regrets leaving F1 while in top form: Alain Prost