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Best of The Cahier Archive: Alain Prost

Submitted by on July 17, 2011

Prost_1980_HollandAlain Prost, “The Professor”. The French superstar started 199 Grand Prix, won 51 of them and took four world Championships along the way.

Prost’s silky smooth style was in contrast to that of his fierce rival Ayrton Senna. Prost may not have been spectacular, but many forget that Prost outscored Senna in 1988, but lost the Championship due to only the best eleven of sixteen results counting towards the championship.

There can be no denying Alain Prost was a brilliant racing driver and one of the most intelligent men to ever sit in a Grand Prix car. In many ways Prost was braver than most and this quote from the Jack Brabham school of winning sums him up. “Without going to what I think is my limit. I always say that my ideal is to get pole with the minimum effort, and to win the race at the slowest speed possible.”

This is the latest in our series of  photo specials showcasing the stunning images from the Cahier Archive. The collection, by photographers Bernard Cahier and his son Paul-Henri are part of a massive collection of 400 000 originals of which 17 000+ pictures are currently available on their website.

Images: TheCahierArchive©

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