In his first Formula One season – one of the most competitive periods ever seen – he finished in the points four times. For the 1981 season he signed for the Renault team. He would not have to wait long for his first win, which came on home soil in the 1981 French Grand Prix at Dijon. The victories just kept coming: he had nine during his three seasons with Renault, including at Monza, Silverstone and the Osterreichring.
In 1988, Prost contributed seven wins to his McLaren-Honda team’s season dominance with 15 victories from 16 races. However, a sensational rivalry was the headline act. New team-mate Ayrton Senna won eight races and the title, but the on – and often off-track – battles pushed each driver to new, unprecedented heights of success. The two continued McLaren’s domination throughout 1989, with Alain proving victorious that year.
Alain retired on a high at the end of the season. He has gone on to several different ventures inside and outside Formula 1, with Renault e.dams one of the most ambitious, but ultimately most successful, endeavours.