Prost AP01

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Prost AP01
Prost AP01 2.JPG
A die-cast model of the AP01
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorProst
Designer(s)Loïc Bigois
PredecessorJS45
SuccessorAP02
Technical specifications
Chassiscarbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front)double wishbones, pushrod
Suspension (rear)double wishbones, pushrod
EnginePeugeot A16, 72-degree V10
TransmissionProst six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
FuelTotal
TyresBridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrantsGauloises Prost Peugeot
Notable drivers11. France Olivier Panis
12. Italy Jarno Trulli
Debut1998 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
16000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The Prost AP01 was the car with which the Prost Formula One team used to compete in the 1998 Formula One season. It was driven by Olivier Panis, who was in his fifth season with the team (including its time as Ligier), and Jarno Trulli, who was in his first full season with Prost after deputising for the injured Panis for several races in 1997.

Race history[edit]

After the good results of the previous season, 1998 was a disaster for Prost. The AP01's main weakness was its gearbox: it was unreliable and heavy, which prevented the team from finishing races, upset the balance of the car and meant that the team could not optimise the position of its ballast, as many of its rivals could. The team also scraped into the season by a narrow margin after the chassis failed the mandatory FIA crash test three times.

With these problems allied with the relocation of the team's factory nearer Paris, the year turned into an exercise in damage limitation. A single point was scored for sixth place, at the chaotic 1998 Belgian Grand Prix, giving Prost 9th place in the Constructors' Championship. Only 8 cars finished the Belgian race with the two cars behind Trulli having spent so long in the pits being repaired their drivers were able to get out of the car for some time. In the final 6 laps Trulli lost an entire lap to the front runners with engine problems but still managed to finish.

The Prost AP01 being driven by Olivier Panis at the 1998 Canadian Grand Prix.

For the first few races, X-wings were used, but they were banned after the San Marino Grand Prix.

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 Points WCC
1998 Prost Peugeot V10 B AUS BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR AUT GER HUN BEL ITA LUX JPN 1 9th
Olivier Panis 9 Ret 15 11 16 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 12 DNS Ret 12 11
Jarno Trulli Ret Ret 11 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 12 Ret 6 13 Ret 12

References[edit]

  • AUTOCOURSE 1998-99, Henry, Alan (ed.), Hazleton Publishing Ltd. (1998) ISBN 1-874557-43-8