Max Mosley, the head of the sport's governing body, the FIA, and Bernie Ecclestone, the vice-chairman, were both keen to see the team line up on the grid for the first grand prix of the season in Australia in March.
The team will bear the name Prost-Mugen-Honda for the 1997 season until the Peugeot agreement begins at the start of the following year. However, Jordan, realising that a Ligier team headed by Prost, 41, would be a threat to a new contract with Peugeot, held out, despite all the other teams having given their assent to Prost's acquisition, which required a unanimous vote for the change to go ahead.
Prost's compatriot Olivier Panis, the winner of last season's Monaco Grand Prix, and Shinji Nakano, of Japan, will be the team's drivers next season.
Peugeot have supplied engines to Jordan for the past three years, gaining their best result when Rubens Barrichello, of Brazil, and Eddie Irvine finished second and third respectively in the 1995 Canadian Grand Prix.Reuse content