It was the hel­met that he used when win­ning his fourth world ti­tle, but the de­sign of Prost’s fi­nal lid has links back to his early days

F1 Racing (UK) - - ME AND MY LID ALAIN PROST -

This hel­met is very spe­cial be­cause it’s from the last year of my For­mula 1 ca­reer, 1993. As you can imag­ine, there was an evo­lu­tion down the years but I al­ways tried to keep a con­sis­tent de­sign from year to year.

When I first started in mo­tor rac­ing I won the Volant Win­field. [a fa­mous rac­ing schol­ar­ship scheme, re­launched in 2016 and now based at Paul Ri­card]. Be­cause of that I wanted a de­sign that would in­cor­po­rate the colours of the French flag – the blue, white and red – as well as ac­knowl­edg­ing Win­field.

So, if you look at the side of the hel­met you’ll see the shape of the coloured blocks looks like a W turned through 90 de­grees.

I kept that ba­sic de­sign all through my years in For­mula 1, with just a few oc­ca­sional changes to in­cor­po­rate dif­fer­ent spon­sors.

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