Four-time Formula One World Champion made his Festival of Speed debut on Friday
Many of the cars from the French legend’s 13-season Grand Prix career are on display or taking to the hillclimb course over the weekend. He was also on hand for the opening of inaugural Festival of Speed Exhibition in the Stable Yard behind Goodwood House. This special display honours the great man’s extraordinary career and the many cars he raced, from his time in Formula Three aboard a Martini-Renault to the Williams-Renault FW15C in which he claimed his final Formula One crown in 1994.
Lord March joined the first-time FoS visitor for the ceremonial opening, and commented: “A very warm welcome, et bienvenue to you Alain. It is a real privilege to have you here with us, especially after all these years of my trying to tempt you over here! I know your many British fans are very excited to see you here, too. Alain Prost has enjoyed one of the most distinguished and outstanding careers in Formula 1, resulting in an astonishing 51 victories, 33 pole positions and 106 podium finishes between 1980 and 1993. He famously drove brilliantly for the Renault, McLaren, Ferrari and Williams GP teams, and I for one will take great delight in seeing him drive the Renault RE40 from the early part of his racing career up the Festival hillclimb during the course of this weekend. I can’t wait!
“Last year Alain returned to the fold of TAG Heuer’s ambassadors and one of his first, major roles has been to assist us in curating the inaugural Festival of Speed photographic exhibition here this weekend. This remarkable exhibition tracks every milestone of Alain's path, from fledgling racer, to the most prolific Formula One winner in the sport's history at the time. The 100 images here - many of them never before been seen in public - range from the candid to the posed, perfectly encapsulating the agony and ecstasy of F1 competition during one of its most thrilling and glamorous eras. The on-track shots ably demonstrate why Alain's super-smooth driving style won him the soubriquet of 'le Professor', while spur-of-the-moment photos captured in the pit lane and during post-race celebrations reveal the respect he earned from fellow drivers and his millions of fans around the world.”