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Life in the Fast Lane: The Inside Story of Benetton's First World Championship Paperback – September 1, 2002
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His writing style is superb and he has a fantastic knowledge and insight (but we knew that already from watching F1 on Speed Channel, then on NBCSN these days.
Thoroughly enjoyable book for any racing fan, highly recommended.
This book is a Benetton mechanic's view of the 1994 Formula One season. The content of this book do not delve on racing analysis but on the suitcase life of a mechanic, the middle of night repairs to get a car ready plus many, many more. Contains many interesting anecdotes that are unseen in news reports like when a driver requests the brake pedal to be moved a little bit closer to him, and the mechanic moves it back a fraction. Driver says, 'Er no, too far back just a bit' then the mechanic moves it back to its original position and driver says, 'Yes, that's perfect, just there!' Author also describes his immense gratitude to the McLaren team mechanics who helped him out during the pit lane fire in the German Prix.
There's also something on the fuel rig tampering charge the author defends Benetton's position in this issue. I find the author's take on cheating quite convincing - that no one in Formula One intentionally cheats for fear of being disqualified from the competition altogether.
However, I would have wanted Matchett's opinion on the Damon Hill-M. Schumacher Adelaide collision which effectively decided the 1994 Driver's Championship as he merely glossed it over.
Interesting read nonetheless and a must for every Formula One Fan.
Just knocking off 1 star because it could use some proof reading, and because the writing is occasionally not quite up to Mr Matchett's current high standard. (But, in fairness, this was written 20 years ago when Mr Matchett was a full time F1 mechanic and still new to writing).
This book provides a unique perspective to one of my favorite sports. It also is a reminder of how different things were 20 years ago in the sport of Formula 1. A must read for any F1 fan.