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.


Senna’s death was broadcast live on television in front of millions prompting the press to question whether F1 should be banned? To protect the sport Max Mosley had to take urgent action.

What followed was mayhem:


– Rushed rule changes


– Teams unhappy with how F1 was being managed


– A power struggle for control of the sport


– Teams exploiting unclear rules


– 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 believe their sudden rise was down to cheating, whilst others feel they were penalized unfairly 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 200 photos to help bring this story to life, many of which are rare and from those involved. You will be astonished how much new and forgotten information this book unearths. 1994 was tragic, chaotic, political, technical and it involved some very colorful characters at the heart of the action. It’s a story that is guaranteed to amaze and shock.


Schumacher was banned or disqualified from a quarter of 1994 races due to various rule infringements. Politics or cheating?


“This is my third season with Benetton. I don’t think it has ever been guilty of any infringement. Why didn’t we do any cheating last year? We don’t suddenly start cheating, particularly with the performance advantage and driver we’ve got”

Ross Brawn, Benetton’s Technical Director


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