Nicolas Prost

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Nicolas Prost
Nicolas Prost - Le Mans 2012.JPG
Nicolas Prost at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans
Nationality France French
Born (1981-08-18) 18 August 1981 (age 32)
Saint-Chamond, Loire
Related to Alain Prost (Father)
2014 FIA WEC
Debut season 2012
Current team Rebellion Racing
Car no. 12
Previous series
French Formula Campus, French GT, French Formula Renault, Spanish Formula 3, Euroseries 3000, A1 GP, Le Mans Series, Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, WEC, Andros Trophy
Championship titles
2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 Rookie Spanish F3 Champion, Euroseries F3000 Champion, Electrical Andros Trophy Champion x2, Rookie Andros Trophy Champion
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
Teams Team Oreca, Speedy Racing Team Sebah, Rebellion Racing
Best finish 4th (2012)
Class wins 0

Nicolas Jean Prost (born 18 August 1981, Saint-Chamond, Loire) is a French racing driver, son of 4-time Formula 1 champion Alain Prost, currently racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Lotus Rebellion Racing. He also competes in the Andros Trophy and he is a reserve driver for Lotus F1.

Career[edit]

Despite being the oldest son of four-time Formula One World Drivers' champion Alain Prost,[1] he started his career at the late age of 22 in Formula Campus. Nicolas was a golfer, winning tournaments when he was at Columbia University.

Formula 3[edit]

In 2006, he joined Racing Engineering to contest in the Spanish Formula Three Championship. He won one race and had six podiums, which earned him 4th place in the championship as well as the best rookie title.

In 2007, he finished third in the Spanish Formula Three Championship with 2 wins, 1 pole and 7 podiums.

Formula 3000[edit]

In 2008, he joined Bull racing and won the Euroseries 3000 championship in his first year with one win, two poles and seven podiums.[1]

A1 GP[edit]

For A1 GP season 3 (2007–2008), Nicolas was the rookie driver for Team France.

For A1 GP season 4 (2008–2009), Nicolas was still the rookie driver and topped every single rookie sessions. He was promoted to racing driver for the end of the season and showed that he had the pace to fight on top. The team issued in a statement at the end of the seasons that he should be driving the entire 2009–2010 season.

24 hours of Le Mans[edit]

In 2007, he competed with Team Oreca in a Saleen S7-R with Laurent Groppi and Jean-Philippe Belloc and finished 5th in his category.

In 2009, he raced for the first time in the LMP1 category, with Speedy Racing Team Sebah. He drove a great race, especially on Sunday morning with a stunning quadruple stint which moved the car from 8th to 5th. Unfortunately, a gearbox problem later dropped the car to 14th.

After a difficult year in 2010, where he nonetheless drove the fastest lap of rebellion cars, he had a great race in 2011. Nicolas and his teammates Jani and Bleekemolen finished 6th and 1st in the unofficial petrol class.

In the 80th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2012, Prost and the Rebellion Racing Team got the fourth place in the LM-P1 class along with his co-drivers Neel Jani and Nick Heidfeld, their Lola B12/60 Coupe Toyota covered a total of 367 laps (3,108.123 miles), in the Circuit de la Sarthe. Nicolas drove the last stage of the competition.[2]

Le Mans Series[edit]

In 2009, he participated in the European Le Mans Series for Speedy Racing Team Sebah alongside Marcel Fässler and Andrea Belicchi. The trio finished 5th in the championship. Since 2010 he is racing in the European Le Mans Series for Rebellion Racing alongside Swiss racing driver Neel Jani.

Andros Trophy[edit]

During the 2009–2010 winter, Nicolas participated to the famous Andros Trophy ice racing series in the electrical car category. Nicolas clinched the championship with 5 poles, 6 wins, and 18 podiums out of 21 races. He successfully defended his title during the 2010-2011 winter.

In 2011-2012, he joined his dad in the works Dacia team and claimed the rookie title in the main series.

FIA World Endurance Championship[edit]

In 2012 and 2013, Prost competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Rebellion Racing in a LMP1-class Lola B12/60 Toyota. He will race the new Rebellion R-One in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Formula 1[edit]

In 2010, he drove a Renault F1 for the first time in Magny-Cours and impressed the team, beating his daily opponent by more than 2 seconds.

In 2011, he joined the gravity management structure and remained a driver for Lotus Renault F1. He drove some test sessions and straight line tests for the team, as well as some commercial roadshows.

In 2012, he remained a part of the Lotus Renault program and on 4 October 2012 it was announced that he would be testing with Lotus Renault Formula One during the young driver test at Abu Dhabi. [3]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Poles Wins F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 French Formula Renault Graff Racing 16 0 0 0 0 43 9th
Formula Renault Eurocup 4 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Formula Renault 3.5 Series DAMS 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
GT Exagon Engineering 4 2 0 1 2 NC NC
2006 Spanish Formula 3 Racing Engineering 16 0 1 0 5 83 4th
2007 Spanish Formula 3 Campos Racing 16 1 2 1 6 102 3rd
Le Mans 24 Hours Team Oreca (GT1) 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
2008 Euroseries 3000 Bull Racing 15 2 1 0 6 60 1st
2008-09 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team France 8 0 0 0 0 47 5th
2009 Le Mans Series Speedy Racing (LMP1) 5 0 0 0 1 14 5th
Le Mans 24 Hours 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 12th
2009-2010 Andros Trophy Team Pilot 21 5 6 7 18 250 1st
2010 FIA GT1 World Championship Matech Competition 4 0 0 0 0 0 49th
Le Mans Series Rebellion Racing (LMP1) 5 0 0 0 2 52 5th
Le Mans 24 Hours 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2010-2011 Andros Trophy Team Pilot 28 8 8 7 23 332 1st
2011 Le Mans Series Rebellion Racing (LMP1) 5 2 0 1 2 37 3rd
Le Mans 24 Hours 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup 6 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2013 Formula One Lotus F1 Team Test driver

Complete Spanish Formula 3 Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2006 Racing Engineering VAL1
1

4
VAL1
2

4
MAG
1

3
MAG
2

4
JAR
1

Ret
JAR
2

10
EST
1

2
EST
2

9
ALB
1

Ret
ALB
2

12
VAL2
1

6
VAL2
2

3
JER
1

3
JER
2

5
CAT
1

1
CAT
2

5
4th 83
2007 Campos F3 Racing JAR
1

13
JAR
2

6
JER1
1

4
JER1
2

7
EST
1

3
EST
2

5
ALB
1

4
ALB
2

4
MAG
1

6
MAG
2

2
VAL
1

3
VAL
2

1
JER2
1

2
JER2
2

Ret
CAT
1

6
CAT
2

1
3rd 102

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007 France Team Oreca France Laurent Groppi
France Jean-Philippe Belloc
Saleen S7-R GT1 337 10th 5th
2009 Switzerland Speedy Racing Team
United Kingdom Sebah Automotive
Italy Andrea Belicchi
Switzerland Neel Jani
Lola B08/60-Aston Martin LMP1 342 14th 12th
2010 Switzerland Rebellion Racing Switzerland Neel Jani
United States Marco Andretti
Lola B10/60-Rebellion LMP1 175 DNF DNF
2011 Switzerland Rebellion Racing Switzerland Neel Jani
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Lola B10/60-Toyota LMP1 338 6th 6th
2012 Switzerland Rebellion Racing Germany Nick Heidfeld
Switzerland Neel Jani
Lola B12/60-Toyota LMP1 367 4th 4th
2013 Switzerland Rebellion Racing Germany Nick Heidfeld
Switzerland Neel Jani
Lola B12/60-Toyota LMP1 275 39th 7th

Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 Rank Points
2009 Speedy Racing Team
Sebah Automotive
LMP1 Lola B08/60 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 M CAT
ovr:26
cls:7
SPA
ovr:10
cls:8
ALG
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
NÜR
ovr:27
cls:6
SIL
ovr:2
cls:2
10th 14
2010 Rebellion Racing LMP1 Lola B10/60 Rebellion (Judd) 5.5 L V10 M CAS
ovr:11
cls:7
SPA
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
ALG
ovr:2
cls:2
HUN
ovr:8
cls:2
SIL
ovr:5
cls:5
7th 52
2011 Rebellion Racing LMP1 Lola B10/60 Toyota RV8KLM 3.4 L V8 M CAS
ovr:7
cls:3
SPA
ovr:7
cls:7
IMO
ovr:6
cls:6
SIL
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
EST
ovr:20
cls:3
3rd 37

Intercontinental Le Mans Cup results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
2011 Rebellion Racing LMP1 Lola B10/60 Toyota RV8KLM 3.4 L V8 M SEB
ovr:7
cls:7
SPA
ovr:7
cls:7
LEM
ovr:6
cls:6
IMO
ovr:6
cls:6
SIL
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
PET
ovr:5
cls:5
ZHU
ovr:4
cls:4

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2012 Rebellion Racing LMP1 Lola B12/60 Toyota (RV8KLM 3.4 L V8) M SEB
17
SPA
5
LMS
3
SIL
6
SÃO
4
BHR
4
FUJ
4
SHA
Ret
4th 86.5
2013 Rebellion Racing LMP1 Lola B12/60 Toyota (RV8KLM 3.4 L V8) M SIL
5
SPA
5
LMS
20
SÃO
3
CTA
4
FUJ SHA
4
BHR
Ret
6th 60

*Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nicolas Prost eyes F1". SuperSport. 1 December 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "LeMans TV Live". Live.lemans-tv.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  3. ^ Nicolas Prost to test for Lotus in Abu Dhabi

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Davide Rigon
Euroseries 3000 champion
2008
Succeeded by
Will Bratt