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Nicolas Prost
Nic Prost
Driver Details
Nationality France French
Date of Birth 18th August 1981[1]
Date of Death Unknown
Début 2014 Beijing ePrix
Championships 0
Wins 3
First Win 2015 Miami ePrix
Former Teams Unknown
Formula E Career
Total Entries 33 (33 Starts)
Poles 3
Fastest Laps 3
Total Points 297
FanBoosts 0
Nicolas Jean Prost (born 18th August 1981) is a French racing driver and son of legendary Formula One racer Alain Prost, who will compete in the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship.[1] A multiple Formula E race winner, Prost has become one of the faces of the Championship, and would continue to drive with Renault e.Dams for a third straight season.[2]

Prost was completely outclassed by teammate Sébastien Buemi during the third season of FE, although its was Frenchman's consistent scoring that ensured that Renault e.Dams won the teams' Championship. That fact prompted e.Dams to sign Prost up for the 2017/18 season, once again partnering him with Buemi.[3]

BackgroundEdit

The son of four time Formula One champion Alain Prost, Prost began his career in Formula Campus in the United States at the age of 22, before moving to the Spanish Formula Three championship in 2006.[1] In 2007, Prost continued to race in Formula Three (taking third overall) and raced for Team France in the A1 GP series.[1] Before being named Lotus F1's test driver in 2013, Prost raced for Rebellion Racing at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the FIA World Endurance Championship for several seasons.[1]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Prost was named alongside Sébastien Buemi for e.dams-Renault for the 2014/15 Season.[1] Prost looked set to win the first ever ePrix in Beijing, but hit Nick Heidfeld as he went for the lead at the final corner of the race, giving Lucas di Grassi an unexpected victory.[4] Prost would claim pole position at the following 2014 Putrajaya ePrix, but was pushed back ten places due to his collision with Heidfeld.

Despite only scoring minor points in Putrajaya and Punta del Este, Prost finally stood on the podium at the 2014 Buenos Aires ePrix.[5] It would be at the following 2015 Miami ePrix that Prost achieved the victory that his pace had promised since his Beijing brawl.[6]

Solid points continued to elude Prost even after his big win, as team mate Buemi took two more victories before the season ended in London.[7] Ultimately, Prost fell from fourth in the standings to sixth at the season finale, having come into London as a title outsider, despite being on the verge of winning many of the season's races.[7]

Renault RangerEdit

The first year of manufacturer backing saw Renault e.Dams retain Prost and Buemi for a second season, and after the 2015 Donington Test it became clear that they would start the season as favourites. Unfortunately for Prost, the season opening Beijing ePrix would see him retire with excessive damage, as Buemi sprinted to victory.[8] The next three races saw Prost get into the points, but it would take until the 2016 Mexico City ePrix for the Frenchman to stand on the podium.[9] Yet, that result looked to be the flash in the pan for Prost's season, with the Frenchman failing to score at the following round in Long Beach.[10]

With Buemi going for the title, Prost was made to support his teammate from the 2016 Paris ePrix, and that seemed to be the kick that the Frenchman needed to get into gear.[11] Two fourth places saw Prost yield to Buemi at least once while ahead, before the season came to its conclusion in London.[11] With Buemi and Lucas di Grassi both faltering in qualifying, Prost put together a composed performance in qualifying to take pole, an advantage that left him with a cruise to victory as the title battle closed up behind him.[12]

The final race of the second season would once again see Buemi put his car ahead of Prost as the two shared the front row, and the Frenchman knew what he had to do.[13] With di Grassi starting third, Prost and Buemi worked together to box the Brazilian in at the sharp turn three, only for di Grassi to "misjudge" his braking point and slam into the back of the Swiss racer, leaving both to limp back to the pits.[13] As they were left in a race long duel to set the fastest lap to decide the title, Prost swept home for a third career victory and secure the Teams' Championship for Renault e.Dams.[13]

Qualifying QuandaryEdit

Partnered with Buemi for a third straight season at Renault e.Dams, Prost and his Champion teammate would enter the 2016 Donington Test as favourites once again.[2] Of the two, Buemi proved to have the better one lap pace, but Prost covered more mileage, suggesting that the fight between them could be closer than it had been in season two.

It was not to be, however, for Buemi would claim three victories at the start of the season, while Prost could only claim a trio of fourth places.[14] The Frenchman did best Buemi across the 2017 Mexico City ePrix meeting, although Buemi would outclass him once again in Monte Carlo and Paris.[15] By mid-season, Buemi had five wins to his name, while Prost had yet to stand on the podium.

Prost's poor performances were largely down to a lack in qualifying pace, a deficit he did not overcome at all in Berlin, where he only secured a handful of points.[16] Things hardly improved for Prost in New York, with the Frenchman outpaced in both races by temporary teammate Pierre Gasly, who stood in for Buemi as the latter had W.E.C. commitments.[17] Indeed, his debuting countryman would equal Prost's best finish of the season in only his second race, while Prost could only manage an eighth and a sixth.

Having been thoroughly trounced by Buemi throughout the season, Prost headed into the season ending double header in Montreal knowing he was once again a supporting player.[18] Yet, unlike the two previous seasons, Prost would have little impact on the title, his only contribution to wave Buemi through during the first race of the weekend, only for the latter to be disqualified.[19] That said, his sixth place finish ensured that Renault e.Dams won their third consecutive teams' Championship.[18]

The Final Tour?Edit

Given that Buemi and Prost had worked together to ensure Renault e.Dams remained unbeaten in Formula E, it came as no surprise that the team re-signed the pair of them for 2017/18.[3] However, with Gasly's strong debut fresh in their minds, many questioned whether Prost would be forced out for a younger option at some point during the fourth FE season.

Full Formula E RecordEdit

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Nicolas Prost's career in Formula E in statistical form.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Nicolas Prost during their FE career:

Nicolas Prost's Overall Formula E Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2014/15 France e.dams-Renault 8 Spark-Renault SRT_01E 6th 88 (89)
2015/16 France Renault e.Dams 8 Renault Z.E. 15 3rd 115
2016/17 France Renault e.Dams 8 Renault Z.E. 16 6th 93
2017/18 France Renault e.Dams 8 Renault Z.E. 17

Career ResultsEdit

Below is a table showing Nicolas Prost's full Formula E record.

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
2014/15 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 6th 88 (89)
12th 4th 7th 2nd 1st 14th 6th 10th 8th 7th 10th
2015/16 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 3rd 115
Ret 10th 5th 5th 3rd 11th 4th 4th CAN 1st 1st
2016/17 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Canada 6th 93
4th 4th 4th 5th 9th 5th 5th 8th 8th 6th 6th Ret
2017/18 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Brazil Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Canada 0

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images: 

References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 'Drivers' club: Nicolas Prost', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/drivers-club/nicolas-prost.aspx, (Accessed 02/05/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 'Renault e.Dams confirm Buemi and Prost for 2016/17', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/05/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/may/renault-edams-confirm-buemi-and-prost-for-201617/, (Accessed 20/05/2016)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Scott Mitchell, 'Sebastien Buemi, Nico Prost extend Renault e.dams Formula E deals', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 09/06/2017), http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/130003/buemi-prost-get-twoyear-renault-extension, (Accessed 11/06/2017)
  4. 'Lucas di Grassi snatches win after dramatic last corner crash', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 13/09/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/september/lucas-di-grassi-snatches-win-after-dramatic-last-corner-crash.aspx, (Accessed 02/05/2015)
  5. 'Da Costa wins spectacular Buenos Aires ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/01/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/january/antonio-felix-da-costa-wins-chaotic-buenos-aires-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 02/05/2015)
  6. 'Prost powers to first Formula E win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/03/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/march/prost-powers-to-first-formula-e-win.aspx, (Accessed 02/05/2015)
  7. 7.0 7.1 'Buemi’s stroll in the park', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 27/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/buemi-wins-as-edams-renault-clinch-team-title.aspx, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
  8. 'Buemi to the max in Beijing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/10/2015),http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/october/buemi-wins-swusp-beijing-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 25/10/2015)
  9. 'Di Grassi stripped of Mexico win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/03/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/march/di-grassi-stripped-of-mexico-win.aspx, (Accessed 13/03/2016)
  10. 'Di Grassi's Shoreline sensation', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/04/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/april/di-grassi-s-shoreline-sensation/, (Accessed 03/04/2016)
  11. 11.0 11.1 'Di Grassi triumphant in Paris', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/04/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/april/di-grassi-wins-visa-paris-eprix/, (Accessed 23/04/2016)
  12. 'BUEMI AND DI GRASSI CHARGE UP THE ORDER, BUT IT’S PROST WHO LEADS THE WAY', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/prost-wins-in-style-as-di-grassi-inches-closer-to-title/, (Accessed 03/07/2016)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 'BUEMI WINS TITLE AFTER SPECTACULAR FINALE: VISA FASTEST LAP ENDS UP DECIDING THE 2015/16 FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/buemi-wins-title-after-spectacular-finale/, (Accessed 04/07/2016)
  14. 'Buemi becomes hat-trick hero in Buenos Aires', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 18/02/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/february/buemi-becomes-hat-trick-hero-in-buenos-aires/, (Accessed 19/02/2017)
  15. 'Di Grassi produces masterpiece in Mexico', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 01/04/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/april/di-grassi-produces-masterpiece-in-mexico/, (Accessed 02/04/2017)
  16. 'Buemi gifted win by Mahindra pitstop confusion', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 11/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/buemi-gifted-win-by-mahindra-pitstop-confusion/, (Accessed 17/06/2017)
  17. 'GP2 champ Gasly replaces Buemi for New York', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/gp2-champ-gasly-replaces-buemi-for-new-york/, (Accessed 10/07/2017)
  18. 18.0 18.1 'Vergne victorious, Di Grassi wins title', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/vergne-victorious-di-grassi-wins-title/, (Accessed 30/07/2017)
  19. 'Di Grassi wins, Buemi disqualified', fiaformuale.com, (FIA Formula E, 29/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/di-grassi-wins-buemi-disqualified/, (Accessed 30/07/2017)

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