Prost to be drivers’ rep in Bahrain

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FIA president Jean Todt has delivered on his promise of offering a former F1 driver as a steward for the Grands Prix starting with 4-time world champion Alain Prost in Bahrain.

The FIA has gone to great lengths to even provide us with a short bio:

Alain Prost, FIA Formula One World Champion (1985, 1986, 1989, 1993), OBE and
Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.

Alain Prost became involved in motorsports in his early teens when he began participating in
karting events. In 1975 he competed in the Volant Elf competition and won the Formula
Renault prize for 1976. In 1977 he won the Formula Renault European Championship. He
began competing in Formula Three racing in 1978, and in 1979 was victorious in both the
French and European Formula Three Championships.
After signing with the McLaren team in 1980 he began his Formula One career.
He won his first of four FIA Formula One World Championship titles in 1985. In 1986 he
took his second title after a points battle with the Williams-Honda team and in 1989 gained
his third FIA World Championship title. Racing for the Williams-Renault team in 1993, he
won his fourth FIA Formula One World Championship title.
Throughout the mid ninties Mr Prost acted as a sports pundit and participated in various
cycling competitions. In 1997 he purchased the Ligier Formula One team, renaming it Prost
Grand Prix. He became Team Principal of Prost Grand Prix the same year and held this role
until 2002. He has competed in the Andros Ice Race series, a French ice racing
championship, for several years, finishing second in 2003 and winning the title with Toyota
in 2006/07 and 2007/08.

Now I must confess that while the entire world was a Senna fan, I was the lone Prost fan in back in the wild and woolly Senna vs. Prost era. It was not easy being the sole Prost fan on a planet of Senna worshipers but I soldiered on and must say that I was also a big fan of Prost Grand Prix. Why? I think this is a carryover of my early youth watching F1 in the 1970’s and really liking Jacques Lafitte. I know, I’m a n anglophile at heart but I have a strong tie to French drivers for some reason that was born in the early years of being floored by the sound of the Matra and really liking Lafitte turned Prost.

This is a good move by the FIA to have a professional driver involved and not some local motoring club stooge like me calling the shots on whether Lewis Hamilton cut a chicane or Nelson Piquet Jr. deliberately crashed. It takes a person who has been there to understand what happens there.

So who will be joining him? Well none other than:

Paul Gutjahr, Enzo Spano and Mazen Al-Hill…Uh, did I mention Alain Prost will be the drivers’ representative on the stewards’ panel?

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