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Senna Versus Prost In the late eighties and early nineties Formula One was at its most explosive with thrilling races charismatic drivers nail biting climaxes and the most deadly rivalry ever witnessed in sport Two of Formula One's most honoured champions and iconic figures drove together for McLaren for two seasons and their acrimonious and hostile relationship extended even after one of them had left the teamALAIN PROST France's only F1 world champion the intelligent smooth driver with the epithet 'Le Professeur'AYRTON SENNA the mercurial kid from a privileged background in Sao Paolo who would become the most intense and ruthless racing driver the world has ever seenIt was a story that would have a tragic endingAs the great rivals raced to victory their relationship deteriorated badly beginning with the breaking of a gentleman's agreement and public spats followed culminating in Prost accusing Senna of deliberately trying to ride him off the circuit and fearful that the Brazilian would get someone killed with his daring overtaking feats And the final sad act of this drama happened at the San Marino Grand prix at Imola in May 1994 when Senna was killedFeaturing a rare interview with Prost and insight from Martin Brundle Damon Hill Sir Frank Williams Bernie Ecclestone Derek Warrick Johnny Herbert Gerhard Berger plus McLaren insiders and other F1 figures Malcolm Folley provides us with a breath taking account of one of the all time classic sporting rivalries I started watching Formula One the day the rivalry between Prost and Senna ended It was illuminating to read about the intensity of their numerous clashes Folley's account is a bit biased towards Senna Prost could also be ruthless Nevertheless I enjoyed the read Inaccurate and biased The author should have done a little research Michael Andretti was a world champion? In what universe? I will declare straight away I am a Alain Prost fan I also like to think I am uite fair on the rights and wrongs something the recent Senna film does very badly on anything that makes Senna look bad was omitted from the film plus the two journalists most used in the film had many of their facts wrong not opinions but facts If these journalists had read this book they would've been all the better for it I think the book gets into the heart of the matter pretty well the SennaProst rivalry wasn't the usual two drivers rising through the ranks and trading blows instead Prost was the established star and Senna didn't just want to beat him he wanted to destroy him although he had battles with Piuet and often Mansell no matter what Nigel claims Senna never seen them as real rivals It can also be seen despite the many incidents between them neither Prost or Senna said the other was a bad driver they knew they were head and shoulders above the rest so there was a level of respect between them albeit deeply hidden Of course once Prost retired Senna struggled to find the same level of motivation against Schumacher it wasn't the same any He started phoning Prost asking advice he even asked him to consider coming back to race And the day before Senna was killed he even said hello to his Good Friend Alain live over the radio that raised a few eyebrows whereas six months earlier he would have sueezed Prost off the track rather than let him pass it's even possible they would have become friends I found this book well balanced everything the film Senna wasn't where the film tried to make Senna a saint this book paints him as complex character he was often ruthless on the track but kind off it The Senna foundation charity for instance of which Prost remains a patron of he was also a pallbearer at Senna's funeral while Senna could rationalise ramming another car off the track at 150mph he would be very emotional at the scene of accident where a driver was hurt and wanted to help The book does a good job of pulling all the people facts and incidents together to one coherent whole The last twenty minutes of the Senna film was incredibly moving especially as we know the ending but what went before is a whitewash if you want the full story of what happened between these two greats read this book 25 stars that I'm bumping up to 3 because of the story Ayrton Senna has become a tragic hero in life after his death at Imola in 94 The man's sheer determination on the racetrack may be unmatched He drove with almost a spiritual religious determination and winning wasn't everything it was the only thing Naturally this sentiment has often left his bitter rival Alain Prost playing the role of villain The interesting part of this book is that it is much sympathetic to Prost relying on hours of interviews with the 4x champion Instead of the tragic hero Senna comes across as a ruthless maniac hellbent on destroying all those who cross his path Prost meanwhile comes off likableto a point There's times he makes excuses for things that are still uestionable and tries to freuently come off as the innocent party As with most things in life the truth about Senna and Prost lies somewhere unspoken in between The story here is interesting and it's a great perspective to see things from Prost's side Great story right? 5 stars? The problem here is Folley Desperate to be a part of the story himself Folley feels the need to mention where he was during each event where he conducted each interview and what he and his interviewee had to eat and drink If only this meticulous detail was applied to relevant facts to do with the story John Watson never drove another race after being axed from McLaren? He did the next year subbing for an injured Niki Lauda which was skipped over as well Michael Andretti was a world champion? News to us in the Americas The list goes on It almost seems as if this book wasn't edited; there's numerous grammatical errors and missing words as wellThe story of Prost and Senna is unmatched but this one left a lot to be desired

  • ebook
  • 416 pages
  • Senna Versus Prost
  • Malcolm Folley
  • 10 July 2016
  • 9781409061922

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