Adrian Sutil

March 22, 2010 by  
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Born in Starnberg, West Germany, on 11 January 1983, Adrian Sutil started his auto racing career with karting at the age of 14. He progressed to Swiss Formula Ford in 2002, winning all twelve events of the season. In 2003 this talented young driver achieved sixth place in the German Formula ADAC BMW Championships, and 2004 saw him driving for Team Kolles in the F3 Euroseries. In 2005 Sutil notched up two wins, two pole positions and no less than eleven podium finishes in the Formula Three Euroseries, completing the season as runner-up to Lewis Hamilton. In 2006 he won the Japanese Formula Three title and tested for Spyker as an F1 driver.

Sutil made his F1 debut with Spyker in 2007, and despite driving an uncompetitive car, his talent as a driver was evident and he was hailed as a star of the future. Continuing with Spyker, which had now become Force India, in 2008, Sutil continued to be hampered by uncompetitive machinery, nevertheless continuing to show his potential as a consistently competitive driver. Force India upped their game, and in 2009 Sutil claimed ninth place at the Melbourne season opener, achieved second grid slot in Italy (his best to date) and crossed the finish line in fourth position at Monza, earning his only point-scoring result of the year.

As the 2010 F1 Championship season gains momentum, still driving for Force India, Adrian Sutil has the opportunity to prove that he is indeed an F1 champion in the making and racing enthusiasts will no doubt be watching his career develop with great interest.

Alain Prost

February 9, 2009 by  
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Alain Prost was born near Saint Chamond in the Loire region of central France on February 24, 1955. Although Alain was a physically small boy he had unlimited energy and would give his everything as he took part in many sporting activities including football where he broke his nose several times. At the age of 14 years he discovered kart racing on a family holiday and from then on he became obsessed with it, winning several karting championships. In 1974 he left school to take up racing full time and supported himself by becoming a kart distributor and tuning engines.

In 1975 he won the French senior karting championships and as a prize was given a season in Formula Renault where he won two driving titles and moved to Formula Three. During 1978 and 1979 he won both the European and French F3 championships, which made him wanted property by several Formula One teams. With much consideration he chose to sign up with McLaren for the 1980 season. His first Formula One season was inundated with accidents, breaking his wrist in one and suffering from concussion in another. One of the points of concern was that these accidents were caused mainly from mechanical failures and the other was Alain’s increasing loss of confidence in how the McLaren team was being run. With that he broke his two-year contract and moved over to Renault.

His first Formula One win came at the 1981 French Grand Prix at Dijon and from there on he kept up his winning streak with nine wins during his time with Renault. However, a change was inevitable, so Alain Prost and his wife Anne-Marie and their son Nicolas moved to Switzerland where Prost again joined the British-based team, McLaren in 1984. His six seasons with McLaren saw him win thirty races, three driving titles and runner-up twice. During 1985 and 1986 he became the first back-to-back French World Champion since Jack Brabham ten years ago. In 1987 he beat Jackie Stewart‘s 14-year-old record when he won his 28th Grand Prix.

In 1988 between Prost and Ayrton Senna they contributed a total of 15 victories to McLaren-Honda. From then on there was intense rivalry between the two, which drove the sport’s greatest drivers to heights of success and controversy unheard of before. McLaren continued to dominate throughout 1989 but with the Prost-Senna feud reaching the stage of out-right hatred, Prost decided to leave McLaren and join Ferrari. Prost won five races in his first year with Ferrari but lost the season end championship in Japan to fellow rival, Senna.

In 1991 Alain Prost failed to win a race and due to his public criticism of the team he was fired. The year 1992 saw him as a TV commentator but Prost returned to racing in 1993 and joined William-Renault where he won several races bringing his tally up to 51 wins. When faced with having Senna as his Williams team mate Prost decided to retire and instead become a TV commentator as well as working as an advisor and test driver for McLaren.

From 1997 to 2002, Alain Prost created and ran Prost Grand Prix. Since then he has regularly taken part in the Andros Ice Race series, as well as several bicycle races.