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1994: The Untold Story of a Tragic and Controversial F1 Season

1994: The Untold Story of a Tragic and Controversial F1 Season
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Author: Ibrar Malik

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1994 was a watershed year for F1 in so many ways, the fatal accidents of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna shook the sport to its core. What followed was mayhem. For the first time all the arguments are painstakingly examined in one book. Fresh insights, exclusive interviews, and a plethora of evidence is brought together in a story that is guaranteed to amaze and shock.

It will be published in January 2019, but you can pre-order your copy now.

This book is a thorough examination of a turbulant season, including…

′ Rushed car changes
′ Teams unhappy with how the crisis was managed
′ A power struggle for control of the sport
′ Vague rules being exploited
′ Accusations of politically motivated penalties
′ An alleged cover-up after a horrific pit-lane fire
′ A controversial conclusion

It also saw Michael Schumacher and Benetton first emerge as championship contenders, upsetting the establishment. Many believed their sudden rise was down to cheating, whilst others felt they were scapegoated because of politics. For the first time all the arguments are painstakingly examined in one book. Fresh insights, exclusive interviews, and a plethora of evidence is brought together to give the clearest analysis yet into the above events. The book contains over 250 photos which help bring this story to life, many of which are rare and from those involved.

There are exclusive contributions from former F1 driver Mark Blundell, Benetton insiders: Willem Toet, Frank Dernie, Simon Morley (the “junior employee” blamed for the Hockenheim fire). Williams’ insiders Paul West and Richard Wise. You will be astonished at what is unearthed. 1994 was tragic, chaotic, political, technical and involved some very colorful characters at the heart of the action. It’s a story that will amaze.

′ Did Senna hear illegal traction control on Schumacher’s Benetton at Aida?
′ Concealed launch control was later found on Schumacher’s Benetton. Why?
′ Was the Hockenheim fire caused by Benetton removing their fuel filter?
′ Despite pleading guilty, why did Benetton receive no serious punishments after the fire?
′ Schumacher was banned / disqualified from a quarter of 1994 races due to various infringements. Politics or cheating?
′ Did a return to simpler cars contribute to the accidents?
The book seeks to answer these and many more questions.

“Enjoyed reading that [extract of the book]”
Frank Dernie, Benetton chief engineer in 1994

 

“The author has assembled more facts about the season than I’ve ever seen before and managed to get more interviews with stakeholders involved at the time than I thought would be possible.”

Willem Toet, Benetton’s Head of Aerodynamics in 1994

 

“From the small part I’ve read the book is the most researched and in depth unbiased I’ve seen. I was with the team in ’94 and it brought back things I’d forgotten.”
Steve Bird, Benetton Mechanic in 1994

“This book is a fair and balanced look at the ’94 season and all of the various rumors, accusations – unfounded or otherwise – and situations regarding various cars, drivers, team members etc It will help some readers gain an insight into that season and will hopefully change the minds of some who have established ideas about what happened.”
Paul West, Williams mechanic in 1994

“I have been reading through the draft, very interesting and informative. This will be an excellent book.”
Simon Morley, Benetton refueller in 1994

"As a contributor, I got to read the latest version recently. A Sterling effort by Ibrar Malik"
Strap in for a 200mph ride

Antony John Dennis, worked for Vodac, a company contracted to Ford Electronics and Benetton in 1994


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