Alain Prost and Renault Sport F1 renew ties
Alain Prost will be taking on an advisory role with Renault Sport F1 as Renault and Prost have decided to extend their relationship for another year. Alain Prost is a four time F1 champion and has raced for top teams like McLaren and Ferrari. He held the record for most Grand Prix wins from 1987 to 2001 after which Michael Schumacher surpassed his record.
Prost made his debut with McLaren in 1980 but it was only in 1981 and after joining Renault did he notch up race wins. Staying on with Renault as an advisor will be a great boon for the team as Prost has experience relating to handling and requirements pertaining to Formula One racing. Prost said that he was happy with the way Renault was doing in the current scenario and was optimistic with the team doing well in preparation for technical challenges that they face when new engine regulations come into play next year.
Apart being seen in an advisory role, Alain Prost will also pay a big part during promotional activities and events organized by the brand. Alain Prost had this to say, “Renault has a long history within F1 and everything it has done in the sport has ultimately been a success. Indeed I have achieved some of the greatest results of my career with Renault power. Over the past year I have seen that it has kept the same passion and rigour for F1, and it has stayed true to these values as it prepares for the new V6 power unit in 2014. I will use my experience and knowledge of the sport to advise on strategic and technical challenges – it’s a very exciting time for everyone and together we represent very strong potential.”
Jean-Michel Jalinier, Renault Sport F1 President and Managing Director said, “Alain’s experience of F1 personnel and politics combined with his sharp intelligence and retained enthusiasm for the sport has already been of great benefit as we consolidate our position as an engine supplier to four teams. We will continue to draw on his knowledge this year, particularly as we prepare for the technical challenges of the 2014 engine regulations.”