Senna Versus Prost is one of my favorite books on Formula 1. It covers the rivalry between two F1 legends, the late great Ayrton Senna and superstar Alain Prost. For those who don’t know, they had one of the most bitter rivalries in the history of not just motorsports but all of sports.
Many people are now familiar with the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda due to the film Rush but even that epic feud wasn’t as big as the one between teammates Senna and Prost.
Malcolm Folley wrote a damned good book and from cover-to-cover this thing wasn’t just compelling it was eye-opening and emotional. The events surrounding Senna’s death were tragic and the words of Prost within this book offer up a level of respect and admiration for the man he seemingly hated.
This book lets you into Prost’s mind and shows you how despite the differences and anger that these two amazing drivers had with one another, they never doubted the greatness of their biggest rival or themselves.
Senna Versus Prost is well-written and thorough, giving the reader stark insight into the history between these two super talented and passionate men. It also shows Alain Prost in a better and more fair light than the documentary film Senna, which painted a negative picture. That wasn’t a bad documentary but it had an agenda in the way that it was told. This book gives a more balanced view and lets the reader form their own opinion.
Pairs well with: The Death of Ayrton Senna by Richard Williams, The Mechanic’s Tale by Steve Matchett and Winning Is Not Enough by Jackie Stewart.