Prost AP01

Prost AP01

Category
Formula One

Constructor
Prost

Designer(s)
Loïc Bigois

Predecessor
JS45

Successor
AP02

Technical specifications

Chassis
carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure

Suspension (front)
double wishbones, pushrod

Suspension (rear)
double wishbones, pushrod

Engine
Peugeot A16, 72-degree V10

Transmission
Prost six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic

Fuel
Total

Tyres
Bridgestone

Competition history

Notable entrants
Gauloises Prost Peugeot

Notable drivers
11. Olivier Panis
12. Jarno Trulli

Debut
1998 Australian Grand Prix

Races
Wins
Poles
F.Laps

16
0
0
0

Constructors’ Championships
0

Drivers’ Championships
0

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. Only 8 cars finished the race with the two cars behind Trulli having spent so long in the pits being repaired their drivers were able to get out of the car for some time. In the final 6 laps Trulli lost an entire lap to the front runners with engine problems but still managed to finish.

The Prost AP01 being driven by Olivier Panis at the 1998 Canadian Grand Prix.

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

Complete Formula One results[edit]
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year
Team
Engine
Tyres
Drivers
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
Points
WCC

1998
Prost
Peugeot V10
B

AUS
BRA
ARG
SMR
ESP
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
AUT
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
LUX
JPN
1
9th

Olivier Panis
9
Ret
15
11
16
Ret
Ret
11
Ret
Ret

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