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The Mechanic's Tale Paperback – February 3, 2000
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A must for the real inside story―FORMULA ONE RACING
Every so often, in the endless stream of biographies churned out by the Formula One book industry, something different emerges. This is it. Recommended for anyone interested in F1 on the inside―MOTORING NEWS
An essential read―AUTOSPORT
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In his new book, Formula One Grand Prix mechanic Steve Matchett offers the reader an inside look at his life as a pit crew mechanic, from his beginnings as a young apprentice through his time at Ferrari and BMW, to his later success with Benetton. There are eyewitness accounts of the great drivers, including Michael Schumacher, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, and Ayrton Senna. He also talks about key Benetton personalities, revealing how the team was transformed into a strong competitive organization, winning three World Championships. In this fast–moving account, the high–pressure world of Formula One leaps off the page.
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If you're a racing fan at all, this is a really entertaining read. I've since read a couple more of his books and they all measure up as very well-written.
I've read a lot of books on F1, and as Matchett mentions in his book, most center around the drivers and the race action. There's very little very good material that allows one to explore what happens with the rest of the team, especially, the mechanics, those men taking care of the car.
I found this book to be an excellent read. Matchett is a rounded individual and quite a well developed personality. These qualities empowered him to write with a very insightful point of view. With a point of view that successfully reaches the heart and minds of non-technical readers.
I highly recommend this book for all those with a deep interest in the sport. I'll no longer be looking in the pit garage at the mechanics and the ongoing work around a pitstop in the same way. Much respect is due to the mechanics and the hard work they put into a successful F1 team.
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F1 telecasts, I was really looking forward to reading this book... the first one of all of them I plan to read...Read more