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Alain Prost - F1 World Champion
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Four Time World Champion Alain Prost Graces Monaco's Paddock

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - Considered one of the best Formula 1 drivers ever, French four-time Formula 1 World Champion Alain Prost (left in photo), Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur (France), was photographed in the paddock in Monaco yesterday prior to the F1 qualification session. Alain Prost is still the driver who can put on the driving gloves methodically, climb into the car with precision, then take it out on the track and gradually build up the pace until all trail behind him. Well all but one who is no longer with us, and that was Alain's true rival, the late Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian who himself was a three-time F1 World Champion.

Alain Prost won the Formula 1 World Championship in the years 1985, 1986, 1989, and 1993 driving a McLaren TAG for his first two titles, a McLaren Honda in 1989, and then finishing his Formula 1 driving career with a fouth F1 World Championship in a Williams Renault in 1993. Along with Sir Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost was known as a penultimate F1 driver who put safety first; yet when the track conditions merited full-blown racing, he was unbeatable.

Prost's driving precision on the track may even have been better than Juan Manuel Fangio, who won five world championships in the 1950's, though this is very difficult to judge. For sheer speed and determination, however, and the ability to pass cars in the field, none came close to Ayrton Senna, except for F1 driver Michel Schumacher, who was an incredible seven-time F1 World Champion, and also clearly merits the title of one of the greatest F1 drivers ever.

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