Prost AP03

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Prost AP03
Prost Grand Prix 06.jpg
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorProst
Designer(s)Alan Jenkins
Loïc Bigois
John Barnard
PredecessorAP02
SuccessorAP04
Technical specifications
ChassisMoulded carbon fibre composite structure
Suspension (front)Double wishbones, pushrod
Suspension (rear)Double wishbones, pushrod
EnginePeugeot A20, 72-degree V10
TransmissionProst/Xtrac seven-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
FuelTotal
TyresBridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrantsGauloises Prost Peuegot
Notable drivers14. France Jean Alesi
15. Germany Nick Heidfeld
Debut2000 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
17000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The Prost AP03 was the car with which the Prost Formula One team competed in the 2000 Formula One season. It was driven by the experienced Jean Alesi, team boss Alain Prost's ex-Ferrari teammate, and reigning Formula 3000 champion Nick Heidfeld.

This was the last Formula One car to use Peugeot engines before the company withdrew from the sport. The engine technology itself however was bought by Asiatech and used for another two years, namely with Arrows in 2001 and with Minardi in 2002.

The year proved to be a disaster for the team. The cars were slow and unreliable, the team's relationship with Peugeot fell apart and the sponsors departed at the end of the season. The team ended up scoring no points, and were classified last in the Constructors' Championship behind Minardi, due to the Italian team's better finishing record.

Prost blamed the apparently weak engine as the root cause of the AP03's uncompetitive performance. However, Peugeot retaliated with an uncharacteristic public revelation of the engine's output of 792 bhp, which was considered to be competitive at the time. Prost's criticism of Peugeot soured their relationship and combined with the lack of results, the latter withdrew from F1 as an engine supplier.

Alesi and Heidfeld were unable to make much of an impression, but the Frenchman managed to qualify eighth at Monaco and run fourth at Spa-Francorchamps before retiring. The teammates also collided on more than one occasion, most notably in Austria.

Prost used 'Gauloises' logos, except at the British and French Grands 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 17 Points WCC
2000 Prost Peugeot V10 B AUS BRA SMR GBR ESP EUR MON CAN FRA AUT GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN MAL 0 NC
Jean Alesi Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret 9 Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 11
Nick Heidfeld 9 Ret Ret Ret 16 EX 8 Ret 12 Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret

References[edit]

  • Francis, Damian Nicholas (2001). "Reject Cars - Prost Peugeot AP03". F1 Rejects. Archived from the original on 2004-08-17. Retrieved 2007-02-02.