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By Charles Jennings

ISBN-10: 1849160929

ISBN-13: 9781849160926

A turbo-charged account of 60 years of Formula One, endangering the lives of its drivers and thrilling its enthusiasts considering the fact that 1950


A white-knuckle force during the bends, straights, chicanes, and pit stops of formulation One’s checkered historical past, this the quick and hazardous tale of motor sport’s best competition. It explores the misplaced international of the Fifties racetrack, the impossible to resist upward push of British constructors within the Nineteen Sixties, the effect of technological alterations from the past due Nineteen Seventies, the arrival of the high-profile workforce boss within the Nineteen Eighties, and the revolution wrought at the recreation by means of desktops within the Nineteen Nineties. all through, there are memorable profiles of the drivers who've risked existence and limb on circuits from Monte Carlo to Monza—the ebullient Stirling Moss, the champagne-gargling James Hunt, the cerebral Prost and the mercurial Senna (whose mixed brilliance was once handed in basic terms through their mutual loathing), the adenoidal Nigel Mansell, the metronomic Michael Schumacher, the precocious Lewis Hamilton, and the reborn Jenson Button.

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They built a special high-speed car transporter, which could whisk a GP car across Europe at speeds of over 100 mph. They had, eventually, over 270 people directly involved with the racing team, obeying the orders of Alfred Neubauer and engineering director Rudi Uhlenhaut. And as principal driver, they employed the Argentian Juan Manuel Fangio, who was about to take two World Championships, back to back, and who thought he was in Heaven. Through the long lens of history, it now all seems like a foregone conclusion: Fangio + Mercedes + Alfred Neubauer = Grand Prix supremacy.

And the sports cars of the 1920s and 1930s testified to this: Bugattis, Alfa Romeos, Sunbeams, Fiats, and, later on, the authentically terrifying Mercedes and Auto Unions, all used the grammar and vocabulary by which we now understand the idea of the motor car. Unlike the pre-First World War horseless carriages, these machines were light, compact, low, and had a wheel at each corner. Their engines used clever, modern alloys and higher compression ratios. Camshafts multiplied, and lubrication systems got more efficient.

For the next few years, motor races were all city-to-city, along unmade roads, in conditions of appalling danger and discomfort, generally starting in Paris, and watched by tens of thousands of hysterical spectators – these separated from the hurtling motor cars by nothing more than dust and thin air. They did Paris – Amsterdam; Paris–Berlin; Paris–Vienna. And, by 1903, most of the world was ready for the big one: a sprint from Paris to Madrid, boasting a field of more than 270 cars (and motorcycles) of wildly varying capabilities, several of which could reach 100 mph on the open road, and many of which weighed as much as a gun carriage.

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