Four-time F1 world champion Alain Prost will continue in his role as an ambassador for Renault after agreeing to extend his relationship with the marque that first gave him success in F1.
Prost, who made his F1 debut with McLaren but started winning races after joining Renault in 1981, will take on an enlarged consultancy role within Renault Sport F1 which will see him act as an advisor to the executive committee as well as continuing to promote the brand. He will attend a number of races during the year, as well events outside the F1 calendar, including the World Series by Renault where he got the chance to sample a Renault-powered Red Bull F1 car last season.
“Alain's experience of F1 personnel and politics, combined with his sharp intelligence and retained enthusiasm for the sport, has already been of great benefit as we consolidate our position as an engine supplier to four teams,” Renault Sport F1 president and MD Jean-Michel Jalinier commented, “We will continue to draw on his knowledge this year, particularly as we prepare for the technical challenges of the 2014 engine regulations.”
Prost raced for the Equipe Renault Elf between 1981-83, winning nine races and only missing out on the 1983 world championship to Brabham's Nelson Piquet by two points. After rejoining McLaren and racking up his first three crowns, as well as 30 race wins, he went on to drive for Ferrari before resuming his relationship with Renault, after a year out of the sport, as a member of the Williams team in 1993. The veteran went on to dominate that year's championship with seven wins, securing his fourth crown before calling time on his career.
“Renault has a long history within F1 and everything it has done in the sport has ultimately been a success,” he noted, “Indeed, I have achieved some of the greatest results of my career with Renault power. Over the past year, I have seen that it has kept the same passion and rigour for F1, and it has stayed true to these values as it prepares for the new V6 power unit in 2014.
“I will use my experience and knowledge of the sport to advise on strategic and technical challenges – it's a very exciting time for everyone and together we represent very strong potential.”
Renault will continue to supply world champions Red Bull, as well as Williams, Caterham and Australian Grand Prix winners Lotus - the former Renault factory team - in 2013.