Alain Prost four-time Formula 1 champion is becoming ambassador of Renault.
More than 30 years after the start of the relationship between the four-time F1 champion and Renault, the two partners have decided to give a new dimension to their collaborative effort. By accepting to become a brand ambassador, Alain Prost will place all his technical expertise, professionalism and renown at the service of Renault and its products. Throughout the year he will take part as a Renault driver in sports demonstrations and also as a representative at events organized or attended by Renault.
“Renault’s history is intimately linked to that of motorsport and I have a deep attachment to the brand, with which I achieved some of the greatest successes in my sporting career, Alain Prost said. I accepted this mission with pleasure and I intend to accomplish it with professionalism.”
“We are delighted that Alain Prost has accepted the role as our brand ambassador. Carlos Tavares, Chief Operating Officer said. As a four-time Formula 1 champion renowned the world over for his technical expertise, Alain is without a doubt one of the most demanding ‘customers’ that Renault has ever had! He is the best-qualified personality for talking about the progress made by Renault in the last few years on quality, technological innovation and performance.”
Alain Prost has taken the wheel of a Renault Duster on 23 February at the Race Stars in Moscow. The event marks the first appearance of the “Professor” as an ambassador of the Renault brand.
|Alain Prost and Renault in a few dates
1976: Formula Renault French champion.
1977: Formula Renault European champion.
1981: Formula 1 driver for Renault-Elf Team. First podium finish at the Argentine Grand Prix. First victory at French Grand Prix.
1982: Victory in first two Grand Prix races of the season. Fourth-ranked driver.
1983: Second in Formula 1 drivers’ championship.
1993: World champion Formula 1 driver with Williams-Renault.
2009: First Trophée d’Andros race in Dacia Duster.
2012: Victory in Trophée d’Andros at the wheel of Dacia Lodgy “Glace”
F1weekly podcast number 448
Motorsports Mondial special weekend edition
Nasir has a conversation with Ann Bradshaw.
Probably the best known F1 Press Officer is Ann Bradshaw .
“Over the years I suppose a lot of people have seen me on television, I actually have a fan club in Japan which started after they made a documentary about me. When we went to Suzuka I was mobbed by fans. I was photographed holding babies and autographing photos and arms and legs. When I was at Williams it was a standing joke that I was more famous than the drivers.”
Will you buy a US(ed) F1 car from this man?
Boy, does he have a deal for you? Especially if you are a young American driver. “Shame on Formula One for not nurturing your talents”, he lambasted the system that brought you Senna, Schumacher, Clark and Fangio.
He will give you all the bells and whistles. Live TV-cameras to witness the creation of your Grand Prix gizmo. Best of all, he is going to do it “differently” than Ferrari and McLaren.
So differently he plans to have Danica perform the ’93 Donington miracle and Kyle Busch-whack Vettel.
The down payment on your deal is only $8m. Call your country’s tourism board for a journey into the far away la-la land. Sands of time are moving fast towards the Middle East for the season opener. The desert Kingdom of Bahrain has a paucity of precipitation, but this time it just might rain on his parade.
He did all the talk with his grid walk, now his silence is deafening, just like the oft-quoted “Skunk Works”. If the smell of rumors is true, the operation is Hurley-ing towards a no show and his F1 entry may be Balkanized to accommodate a Serbian entry.
Toast, but no extra shrimp on the barbie!
— Nasir Hameed
Lewis Hamilton tops the first free practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Williams confirms engine deal with Cosworth.
Fernando Alonso with an emotional goodbye to Renault F1.
F1weekly podcast number 387
Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.
Nico Rosberg is leaving Williams looking for a winning car.
Rubens Barrichello takes his first pole in five years at his home GP.
Mark Webber saves the day for Red Bull with a front row start in Brazil.
Adrian Sutil does an outstanding job grabbing third spot for Force India.
Jenson Button could only manage 14th on the grid caught out in full wets.
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:24.100 1:21.659 1:19.576
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:24.722 1:20.803 1:19.668
3. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:24.447 1:20.753 1:19.912
4. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:24.621 1:20.635 1:20.097
5. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:23.047 1:21.378 1:20.168
6. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:24.591 1:20.701 1:20.250
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:22.828 1:20.368 1:20.326
8. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:23.072 1:21.147 1:20.631
9. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:23.161 1:20.427 1:20.674
10. Alonso Renault (B) 1:24.842 1:21.657 1:21.422
11. Glock Toyota (B) 1:24.335 1:21.960
12. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:24.773 1:22.231
13. Grosjean Renault (B) 1:24.394 1:22.477
14. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:24.297 1:22.504
15. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:24.645
16. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:25.009
17. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:25.052
18. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:25.192
19. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:25.515
20. Fisichella Ferrari (B) 1:40.703
The Daly Express
A quick conversation with Derek and Conor Daly.
Derek Daly, the Shamrock Speedster, was born in Dublin in 1953. Working in the iron ore mines of Australia he surfaced with enough cash to buy a racing car. He forged ahead and in 1977 won the British Formula 3 Championship in his rookie year, scoring five consecutive wins in the last five rounds. His first and final Formula 1 outings both came in the United States, the 1978 Long Beach Grand Prix and the parking lot special, the 1982 Las Vegas Grand Prix respectively.
Daly also drove in Indy cars and won the Sebring 12-hours in 1990 & ’91.
Conor is the latest racing edition of the Daly Express. The 17-year old started racing seven years ago and, after a championship winning career in karting, he is now rapidly climbing the single-seater ladder. In 2008, he won the Skip Barber National Championship with five wins. Representing Team USA he also won the Walter Hayes FF 1600 Trophy at Silverstone. This year Conor is competing in Star Mazda series.
The Daly family resides in Noblesville, Indiana.
Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.
Special interviews with Derek and Conor Daly.
Nico Rosberg tops the time sheets in second practice.
Jackie Stewart: "irresponsible" of the UK not to safeguard future of British Grand Prix.
Friday second practice times:
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.339 36
2. Alonso Renault (B) 1:33.530 + 0.191 25
3. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:33.616 + 0.277 37
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:33.661 + 0.322 29
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:33.676 + 0.337 32
6. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:33.694 + 0.355 35
7. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:33.763 + 0.424 30
8. Glock Toyota (B) 1:33.764 + 0.425 37
9. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:33.885 + 0.546 30
10. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.899 + 0.560 36
11. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:33.994 + 0.655 30
12. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:34.025 + 0.686 23
13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:34.127 + 0.788 37
14. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:34.366 + 1.027 26
15. Piquet Renault (B) 1:34.411 + 1.072 29
16. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:34.564 + 1.225 34
17. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:34.605 + 1.266 31
18. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:34.670 + 1.331 28
19. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:34.764 + 1.425 35
20. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:34.790 + 1.451 33