By Steve Matchett
Formulation One Grand Prix mechanic Steve Matchett takes the reader on a compelling trip via his existence within the pit-lane, from his beginnings as a tender apprentice, via his time at Ferrari and BMW to his later good fortune with Benetton.
He supplies eye-witness perspectives of the nice drivers, together with Michael Schumacher, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. He additionally talks of key Benetton personalities, and explains how the staff used to be reworked right into a robust, aggressive agency, successful 3 international Championships. His decision and frustration in making an attempt - and at last succeeding - to wreck into the high-pressure international of formulation One leaps off the web page.
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