To a Formula 1 driver, speed, wheel-to-wheel combat and danger are all part of the job. When leading driver Sabatino’s car is sabotaged, and a Ptarmigan teammate defies death in a horrific crash at the Monaco Grand Prix, a malicious threat becomes apparent. Driven introduces detective Matt Straker, ex-Royal Marine turned intelligence director, who is assigned to assist the Formula 1 team as it falls victim to a conspiracy in this high-speed thriller of corporate espionage, ego and greed.

With furious pace, the novel follows the Ptarmigan team around the famous and glamorous F1 tracks of the world, from Monza to Brazil, as Straker battles to outwit the perpetrators - resulting in a courtroom showdown - and a spectacular twist.

Technical detail and engaging characters serve to create an insight into F1 that has not yet been seen in fiction.

'Author Toby Vintcent takes inspiration from F1’s on-track action and off-track paddock politics in weaving together a page-turning conspiracy thriller. His attention to detail captures the spirit of current F1.' F1 Racing magazine

'Driven… It howls along like Lewis Hamilton round the streets of Monaco!' Boris Johnson

'A great plot… a great read… I couldn’t put it down' Murray Walker OBE

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01 Jul 2015
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About the author

  • Toby Vintcent

    Toby Vintcent served as an officer in the British Army with the 16th/5th The Queen’s Royal Lancers during the Cold War as part of NATO’s Rapid Development Force, followed by a successful career at Merrill Lynch. He has been Director of International Affairs at the British Equestrian Federation. His lifelong passion for Formula One resulted in the Matt Straker series, published by Arcadia. He lives in Oxfordshire, the heart of F1 country, with his wife and son.

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    Crash by Toby Vintcent