Prost AP01

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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 Ligier), and Jarno Trulli, who was in his first full season with the team after deputising for the injured Panis in 1997.

After the good results of the previous season, 1998 was a disaster for Prost. The car'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. Only one point was scored, at the chaotic 1998 Belgian Grand Prix, giving Prost 9th place in the Constructors' Championship.

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

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

References

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







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