Prost AP03

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Prost AP03
Prost Grand Prix 06.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Prost
Designer(s) Alan Jenkins
Loïc Bigois
John Barnard
Predecessor AP02
Successor AP04
Technical specifications
Chassis Moulded carbon fibre composite structure
Suspension (front) Double wishbones, pushrod
Suspension (rear) Double wishbones, pushrod
Engine Peugeot A20, 72-degree V10
Transmission Prost/Xtrac seven-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
Fuel Total
Tyres Bridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrants Gauloises Prost Peuegot
Notable drivers 14. France Jean Alesi
15. Germany Nick Heidfeld
Debut 2000 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
17 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Prost AP03 was the car with which the Prost Formula One team competed in the 2000 Formula One season. It was driven by the experienced Jean Alesi, team boss Alain Prost's ex-Ferrari team-mate, and reigning Formula 3000 champion Nick Heidfeld.

The year proved to be a disaster for the team. The cars were slow and unreliable, the team's relationship with Peugeot fell apart and the sponsors departed at the end of the season. The team ended up scoring no points, and were classified last in the Constructors' Championship behind Minardi, due to the Italian team's better finishing record.

Prost blamed the apparently weak engine as the root cause of the AP03's uncompetitive performance. However, Peugeot retaliated with an uncharacteristic public revelation of the engine's output of 792bhp, which was considered to be competitive at the time. Prost's criticism of Peugeot soured their relationship and combined with the lack of results, the latter withdrew from F1 as an engine supplier.

Alesi and Heidfeld were unable to make much of an impression, but the Frenchman managed to qualify eighth at Monaco and run fourth at Spa-Francorchamps before retiring. The team-mates also collided on more than one occasion, most notably in Austria.


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
2000 Prost Peugeot V10 B AUS BRA SMR GBR ESP EUR MON CAN FRA AUT GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN MAL 0 NC
Jean Alesi Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret 9 Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 11
Nick Heidfeld 9 Ret Ret Ret 16 DSQ 8 Ret 12 Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret

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