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

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

Written by:
Ibrar Malik
Narrated by:
Ibrar Malik
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Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2019
5 hours 43 minutes
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. This book is a thorough examination of a turbulent 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 colourful 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


A print version of this book which is DOUBLE the length of this audio book can be found at https://www.performancepublishing.co.uk/1994-the-untold-story-of-a-tragic-and-controversial-f1-season.html This goes into more detail & includes more period quotes from those involved whilst containing over 270 mainly rare images which help explain the story in a way that the audio book could never do. For example the print book contains images which illustrate how the diffusers were cut following Imola 1994 and its subsequent affect on the cars handling. Or THAT leaked photo of Schumacher’s Spa 1994 plank showing the damage, so readers can decide whether Schumacher cheated
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Thomas S.

a very well researched and enjoyable listen the detail it went into was brilliant and I loved listening. My only criticism is the narrator who at times seems to go quiet then suddenly lound this happened through out the audio

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Maxime C.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ibrar’s Book “1994 The Untold Story of a Tragic and Controversial Season”. It was beyond well researched and explained. I am very hard to impress when it comes to F1 books, as I am what one would call “obsessed” with the subject of Grand Prix racing, and especially books/movies/documentary/ reading material regarding formula 1 in the 80’s/90’s. Ibrar did a fantastic research job and an even better job at laying down the fact and tracing a clear, and more importantly, impartial picture of the events ( numerous at that) unfolding in that particular season. I feel that even someone not that well versed on the subject would be able to navigate, the, at times, numerous twists and turns that this particular season had in stock. And even as someone well versed on the situation, I found some bits of knowledge I was previously unaware of. And although I was wishing for him to come to the conclusion that Benetton did in fact cheat their way to the championship ( I’m a willams/hill man through and through) he did a marvellous job at laying the facts, paint a neutral picture, and draw sensible conclusions. All and all a fantastic read/listen. I picked up the audiobook for traveling purposes, and it made crossing Canada from shining sea to shinning sea a fun activity for once. Well done. Max Cayer Coup sur Coup Media

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