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Senna versus Prost

Senna versus Prost

Folley, Malcolm

In the late 1980s and 90s, Formula One was at its most explosive: thrilling races, charismatic drivers, and two of the deadliest rivals the sport has ever seen - Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Malcolm Folley provides a comprehensive account of their intense and ruthless duels

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Arrow, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: Malcolm Folley
ISBN: 0099528096, 9780099528098
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Originally published: London: Century, 2009.
Physical Description: 408 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Sport.; Prost, Alain.; Senna, Ayrton, 1960-1994.; Grand Prix racing History.

Author note

MALCOLM FOLLEY is an award-winning sports writer who has been Chief Sports Reporter for theMail on Sundaysince 1992. With thirty-three years' experience as a staff writer on national newspapers, he has travelled the world reporting on tennis, football, Formula One, rugby, boxing, and has covered ten Olympic Games, summer and winter. He has written five books, includingBorg versus McEnroe, a chronicle of the greatest rivalry in tennis history.

He collaborated with England world cup winner Jason Robinson on his bestselling autobiography,Finding My Feet. He has also written the authorised biography of Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards, A Time to Jump, and was co-author of the autobiography of Grand National legend Ginger McCain,From Red to Amber, and the life story of tennis champion Hana Mandlikova.

He lives in Surrey with his wife Rachel and daughters Sian and Megan.


"Great rivalries are among the glories of sport, and Malcolm Folley's bookSenna Versus Prost ...examines one of the most fascinating"
Guardian||"The writing is excellent, which is no surprise coming from this seasoned journalist. The narrative is intelligent ... A familiar story is still worth telling if done well. In this case, it's mission accomplished"
Motor Sport||"Thanks to Folley, we have Alain Prost's account of a time when F1 ran red from the pit stop to the podium to enlighten us on one of racing's greatest rivalries"
GQ||"... for a superb insight into antagonism between F1 team-mates, read Malcolm Folley's brilliant new bookSenna Versus Prost, which charts the rivalry between two of the sport's greatest-ever drivers"
Daily Mirror||"With the inside track of having covered the sport for a number of years, Folley writes with authority as he weaves a picture of the sporting greats lives and rivalry"
Press Association

Back cover copy

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. Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna - 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 team. It was a story that would have a tragic ending.

As the great rivals raced to victory, their relationship deteriorated badly, culminating in Prost accusing Senna of deliberately trying to ride him off the circuit. And the final, sad act of this drama occurred at the San Marino Grand prix at Imola in May 1994, when Senna was killed.

Featuring 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.

'excellent ... A familiar story is still worth telling if done well. In this case, it's mission accomplished'Motor Sport

'a superb insight into antagonism between F1 team-mates ... brilliant'Daily Mirror