1994 the Untold
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Book review: 1994 the Untold Story by Ibrar Malik

The Formula One was dominated years by McLaren and Williams. Both won several titles during the 1980s and the 1990s, until 1994 arrived. With Senna moving towards Williams and McLaren left with Peugeot engines. And Benetton… well they had some German Michael Schumacher. The season would be full of scandals, false claims and sadly the loss of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger. 1994 the untold Story by Ibrar Malik goes
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Prost Grand Prix ‘s original plan to debut in 1995/96

In early 1997, Alain Prost purchased the Ligier team from Flavio Briatore and even before the start of the season changed the name to Prost Grand Prix. For 1998, the team announced their exclusive contract with Peugeot to deliver them engines. For 1997 Prost Grand Prix drove with the planned Mugen-Honda engine and uses the JS45 designed by Loïc Bigois. However, did you know already in 1989 Alain Prost was
Paul Stacy
F1 1994

Paul Tracy ’s Benetton Test, September 1994

Many believe Schumacher ran illegal driver aids during 1994 because one of Benetton’s former drivers, Jos Verstappen, once claimed so during an interview in 2011. This along with all the other arguments are analysed extensively in the book however, what is not commonly appreciated is five other drivers stepped inside the B194 that year also. Schumacher, Lehto, Herbert and Allan McNish all drove the 1994 Benetton and their views on
Jos Verstappen
F1 1994

The Flying Dutchman After 1994

The Flying Dutchman, Jos Verstappen, the father of current F1 star Max, arrived in the sport with a BANG. On his debut, the 1994 Brazilian GP, he arguably caused one of the most horrific looking multi car pileups ever. This had followed massive hype surrounding the 22-year old that he was F1’s next big thing. Some believed the pressure of debuting for one of F1’s top teams (Benetton) alongside the
Simtek Mugen-Honda
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Debunked: Simtek Mugen-Honda V10

In 1995, Jos Verstappen drove for Simtek, due financial problems the team folded after the Monaco Grand Prix. The situation was this critical that sponsor Barbara bought food for the employees of the team! Stories on the internet say that four weeks after the Grand Prix Jos Verstappen tested with a Simtek Mugen-Honda at Silverstone. To bring the team back on the grid for the rest of the season. It
Lehto
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JJ Lehto ‘s career after Benetton

1994 was supposed to be the year JJ Lehto became one of F1’s top drivers, but the season ended his Grand Prix career. How did such a golden opportunity turn into a poisoned chalice?  After beating former race winner Alboreto to the second Benetton seat for 1994, Lehto would have been forgiven for thinking regular podium visits were just around the corner. This was the Finn’s first top F1 drive after
Johnny Herbert
F1 1994

Johnny Herbert and his time at Benetton

The upcoming book details what can be learnt about the1994 Benetton controversies whenever other drivers sat within the car, like Herbert. So what was the Grand Prix winner’s view of driving it? Johnny Herbert had been tipped for F1 stardom before sustaining serious leg injuries following a horrific multi-car pileup during anF3000 race in the summer of 1988. Despite not having fully recovered, the Englishman bravely returned to racing at
Ligier
Blog F1 1994

The Day Schumacher Drove a Ligier

The upcoming book details what is learnt about the Benetton controversies when Schumacher tested a Ligier for one day in December 1994. For instance was the German as impressive when not driving a Benetton? Before we answer this let us remember the background surrounding this test. In early 1994 the Ligier team were in financial trouble following their team owner, Cyril de Rouvre, having been jailed on fraud charges. Benetton
Benetton
F1 1994

Working Within Benetton During the 1990’s

“Berger was the thickest driver I have worked with, Alesi was a close second”…those are the forthright views of a former Benetton mechanic who is ready to let rip!  The ex-Benetton mechanic has kindly contributed towards the upcoming book, but cannot be named because he still works in F1. However, his anonymity means he can be brutally honest. An amazing article by Ibrar Malik! Benetton started 1996 with high hopes
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Flavio Briatore’s GP1 Series could be a rival for F1

It has been said multiple times in the history of Formula One. An alternative championship for the Formula One. A good example for this was the GP1 Series Flavio Briatore announced already in 2006, before he came with concrete plans in 2012. To be honest I would support an alternative championship. Why I would support a rival championship for the Formula One?  Since day one I’m not a fan of