Former driver and team owner Alain Prost has become a director at the Renault F1 Team, according to documents filed with the UK’s Companies House.
Alain Prost, three time F1 World Champion, has become a member of the board of directors at the Renault F1 Team, it was revealed on Monday. According to documents filed with the UK’s Companies House register, Prost was appointed as a director on the 12th of July and replaces the outgoing Thierry Bollore.
Prost, now 64, has been working with the current Renault F1 Team for just over two years, having joined them in early 2017 as a special adviser.
However, Prost’s links with Renault go back a lot further than that. He drove for the factory Renault team in the early turbocharged days between 1981 and 1983, as well as driving for Williams in 1993, winning a title with Renault power.
Becoming an ambassador for the Renault brand in 2012, Prost joined up with Jean-Paul Driot’s DAMS outfit to help create the Renault e.Dams team which met with tremendous success in the early days of the Formula E Championship. He sold his shares in the team last year, in preparation for his full departure from the Formula E team to join the factory F1 team.
Prost’s appointment means he joins Cyril Abiteboul, Thierry Cognet, Gerard Lopez and Jerome Stoll on the team’s board of directors.
It’s not the first time the French driver has been involved in running a team. Following his retirement from driving in 1993, he set a team bearing his own name that raced between 1997 & 2002 – in those days enjoying a strong relationship with French marque Peugeot. Ironically, the document outlining his new tenure at Renault has the designation ‘AP01’ – the same chassis code of Prost’s first F1 car back in 1997!