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Senna Versus Prost I will declare straight away I am a Alain Prost fan, I also like to think I am quite 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 Senna Prost ri I will declare straight away I am a Alain Prost fan, I also like to think I am quite 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 Senna Prost 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 Piquet andoften 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 squeezed 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 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 teamAIN PROST, France s only F world champion, the intelligent, smooth driver with the epithet Le ProfesseurAYRTON 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 , 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 F figures, Malcolm Folley provides us with a breath taking account of one of the all time classic sporting rivalries 2.5 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 muchsympathetic to Prost, relyin 2.5 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 muchsympathetic 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 offlikableto a point There s times he makes excuses for things that are still questionable, and tries to frequently 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 well.The story of Prost and Senna is unmatched, but this one left a lot to be desired Decent account of the Senna Prost era of Formula One in the 1980s early 90s, and the relationship between the pair during their battles I like the fact the author interviewed Prost, Williams, Hill, Brundle, Berger, etc from current perspectives and not exclusively with past reference material, like many journalists doThe book does feel sided with Prost in some ways Maybe I look at it this way as a result of reading the very biased Rubython Senna book Then again the author makes clear his v Decent account of the Senna Prost era of Formula One in the 1980s early 90s, and the relationship between the pair during their battles I like the fact the author interviewed Prost, Williams, Hill, Brundle, Berger, etc from current perspectives and not exclusively with past reference material, like many journalists doThe book does feel sided with Prost in some ways Maybe I look at it this way as a result of reading the very biased Rubython Senna book Then again the author makes clear his view of the Pironi Villeneuve relationship so my perception may not be too far off the mark.I m quite surprised some events were not covered, particularly Senna s post Portugese Grand Prix interview in 1992 when Prost s signing with Williams was known for 1993 Senna had just discovered that Prost had a veto in his contract to prevent Senna joining him for that season and Senna went on this very entertaining rant about Prost the Coward In fact the 1993 season section felt very sparse on detail I mean, there were moments when Senna was pushing for Ford to provide McLaren the same engine as Benetton to compete with Prost s Williams but contracts prevented it and a lot of other stuff.Anyway, a very good read overall and very enjoyable for those wanting to know information on this particular era in Formula One Malcolm Folley digs deep and presents to us this riveting tale of not only the famed Senna Prost rivalry, but a chronicle of Formula 1 in the 80s and early 90s The evolution of both the legendary drivers is wonderfully documented, while their rivalry and all the defining events of it are presented holistically through the opinions of drivers, administrators, support staff and journalists You leave the book with the following image of both the drivers a supremely talented Senna whose devotion Malcolm Folley digs deep and presents to us this riveting tale of not only the famed Senna Prost rivalry, but a chronicle of Formula 1 in the 80s and early 90s The evolution of both the legendary drivers is wonderfully documented, while their rivalry and all the defining events of it are presented holistically through the opinions of drivers, administrators, support staff and journalists You leave the book with the following image of both the drivers a supremely talented Senna whose devotion and obsession with the sport had no parallels, but a individualistic lunatic with a frightening will to win at all costs a master craftsman Prost who was less flamboyant but in supreme control of his car who knew how to strategise a win under all conditions But what clearly stands out is the high degree of danger in the sport during that period and the ruthlessness of the team owners to achieve their goals However, the book comes across as slightly biased towards Prost, as Senna is painted the villain in most of cases and only turns sympathetic towards him in the end A must for all the Formula 1 fans Ayrton Senna Driver, Legend, Hero to Million s Alain Prost Driver, Legend, Unfairly dismissed by too many Cold, Calculating and driving by percentage The common narrative has it the Prost was a dick dastardly type out politicking and tricking the purerinnocent Senna Not particularly accurate but a good story all the same and one backed up by many a lionising Senna book article blog The truth is as a kid Ayrton was my hero, but as a adult I can see he was as flawed as Prost so Ayrton Senna Driver, Legend, Hero to Million s Alain Prost Driver, Legend, Unfairly dismissed by too many Cold, Calculating and driving by percentage The common narrative has it the Prost was a dick dastardly type out politicking and tricking the purerinnocent Senna Not particularly accurate but a good story all the same and one backed up by many a lionising Senna book article blog The truth is as a kid Ayrton was my hero, but as a adult I can see he was as flawed as Prost so it was a nice surprise to see this book was a well balanced account of their rivalry, and a fascinating one too More objectively fair than any that I had read before On this ground I would recommend Senna Versus Prost greatly Like the two greats who s career it covers it is a real winner This book get slammed a bit for favouring Proust s POV, but that is understandable, he is still here and Senna is not I still think Senna was represented well and with empathy, although reinforced in his ruthlessness until the weeks before his final drive in a dangerous Williams car that required electronics to keep it at the peak of it s capabilities Removing those aids and not having the time to refactor the car, that seems like the ultimate lesson Of course things are very different today This book get slammed a bit for favouring Proust s POV, but that is understandable, he is still here and Senna is not I still think Senna was represented well and with empathy, although reinforced in his ruthlessness until the weeks before his final drive in a dangerous Williams car that required electronics to keep it at the peak of it s capabilities Removing those aids and not having the time to refactor the car, that seems like the ultimate lesson Of course things are very different today Senna was a force and this book is another view on his legend 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. The Senna Prost rivalry wasn t about two drivers becoming stars Prost was already established as a brilliant driver and Senna wanted to beat him to stake his claim Despite the many incidents between them, neither Prost or Senna said the other was a bad driver I think they pushed each other towards brilliance, and once Prost retired, Senna struggled to find the same level of motivation against Schumacher I thought this book was well balanced It portrays Senna as a complex human which he was The Senna Prost rivalry wasn t about two drivers becoming stars Prost was already established as a brilliant driver and Senna wanted to beat him to stake his claim Despite the many incidents between them, neither Prost or Senna said the other was a bad driver I think they pushed each other towards brilliance, and once Prost retired, Senna struggled to find the same level of motivation against Schumacher I thought this book was well balanced It portrays Senna as a complex human which he was The book does an excellent job of presenting a coherent story about the two drivers rather than trying to earn sympathy votes for either driver Great book Loved it In my opinion the most neutral take on the greatest rivalry in F1, if not in all sports.Malcolm has done deep research and a lot of interviews to pen down this book, starting from Prost s start in F1 and ending of course in the unfortunate tragedy.Best part for me is the way Alain Prost is portrayed in this book Unlike in the numerous documentaries where he is considered almost a villian, this book shows all perspectives and leaves the judgement up to the reader.What the au Great book Loved it In my opinion the most neutral take on the greatest rivalry in F1, if not in all sports.Malcolm has done deep research and a lot of interviews to pen down this book, starting from Prost s start in F1 and ending of course in the unfortunate tragedy.Best part for me is the way Alain Prost is portrayed in this book Unlike in the numerous documentaries where he is considered almost a villian, this book shows all perspectives and leaves the judgement up to the reader.What the author could have done better is to focus a littleon the 91 and 92 seasons I thought that part was a little rushed Still a 5 from me


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