Driven, by Toby Vintcent
© 2014 Arcadia Books, ISBN 9781910050712 (Paperback)

Enjoying fictional books is a highly subjective and emotional exercise for the reader, and perhaps even more so in the case of motorsport fiction – of which the titles are few and far between.

Imagine our delight to discover Toby Vintcent’s thriller, Driven, which not only succeeds in capturing the thrills and excitement on the track, but the politics, scandal and intrigue behind the scenes of Formula 1.

A fictional work with Formula 1 at its centre is groundbreaking enough, but even more so with a female driver, Remy Sabatino, as its protagonist.

Inspired by the sport’s more recent scandals – Spygate, Crashgate and the Bernie Ecclestone bribery cases – Vintcent has crafted a thrilling story that will have you riveted from start to finish.

Competing in a male-dominated environment, things turn sinister for Sabatino at the Monaco Grand Prix when her car is sabotaged. Worse is to come when her teammate suffers a life-threatening accident in highly suspicious circumstances.

Brought into the team to investigate the case is Matt Straker, a former Royal Marine turned corporate intelligence director, who battles to protect the team’s drivers as the season continues.

He unearths a terrifying conspiracy where the acts of sabotage are about far more than manipulating the outcome of the World Championship. With the sport’s billions of dollars flowing through it, the real quest of the saboteurs is to gain commercial control of the sport itself…

These are the type of underhanded antics that would make even someone like Ecclestone blush, but the end result is a page-turner that will have you gripped with every chapter.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.