Prost Jnr drives F1 Renault (Pictures)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Alain Prost and son Nicolas at Magny-Cours
Alain Prost and son Nicolas at Magny-Cours

Nicolas Prost, son of four-times F1 champion Alain Prost, imitated his father by driving a Renault F1 car at Magny-Cours this weekend.

Prost drove a 2009-spec Renault R29. The car carried the team’s 2010 colour scheme which harks back to the design used when his father drove for them in the early eighties.

Alain Prost drove for Renault from 1981 to 1983, winning nine times and finishing runner-up in the championship in his final season with them.

But he left on a sour note having criticised the team’s failure to develop their turbocharged car throughout 1983, allowing Nelson Piquet to snatch the world championship from him at the final round.

Son Nicolas won the European Formula 3000 championship two years ago and now races in the Le Mans Series.

Also driving the R29 this weekend were Renault Development Driver Ho-Pin Tung and Mikhail Aleshin.

Aleshin got his chance to drive the car having been leading the Formula Renault 3.5 championship heading into this weekend. But the Russian driver spun the R29 as rain fell during his demonstration run.

Elsewhere this weekend Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen are demonstrating a Lotus T127 at the Classic Team Lotus festival at Snetterton near the team’s base in Norfolk.

Nicolas Prost Renault R29 demonstration pictures

Image (C) Renault World Series