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Strictly for motor racing fans, especially those who bought his best-selling memoirs Life at the Limit four years ago, because the Grand Prix neurosurgeon plunges straight into recollections of major crashes, then memories of the great drivers he has known, and finally a race-by-race account of the Millennium season. Watkins has such broad access to the motor racing fraternity that every section is an insider account, especially when he goes to the aid of Michael Schumacher in the famous 1999 Silverstone crash and recommends a heart bypass operation for Bernie Ecclestone in the same year. Most of the anecdotes are tinged with medical matters, making them all the more unusual and reducing some of the Grand Prix heroes to very basic levels. Covering safety issues as well, the motor racing doctor takes fans on the inside track into aspects and hazards they would never normally know about.
In the years since Sid Watkins' first bestselling book of Formula One memoirs, Life at the Limit, was published the sport has seen enormous changes. The FIA's President, Max Mosley, has launched a zero option policy with the goal of zero mortality and much research and development has gone into technical changes to the cars, circuit design, safety barrier development and personal protection in the cockpit. The Prof has been intimately involved with this work, and discusses it in detail here, but as he knows only too well, uncertainty and unpredictability provide the thrills both the fans and the drivers crave. In Beyond the Limit, Watkins also looks at some of the extraordinary Grands Prix the sport has seen in the last four years, including Schumacher's epic crash at Silverstone in 1999. He also looks back over his twenty or more years in the sport and discusses some of the great drivers he has known. Here, too, is a race-by-race account of the Millenium season offering a completely up-to-date picture of Formula One at the beginning of the 21st century. 'Makes fascinating reading' Planet F1 'Lively and entertaining...will make the reader laugh out loud' F1 Magazine '[Sid Watkin's] anecdotes are littered with humour and show us that one of the most respected men in F1 is also one of the funniest' Motorsport News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Adds to Sid Watkins previous book on the topic of F1 safety, and is a must read for F1 fans but also safety-experts. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mark Gallagher
Excellent holiday read nice and light very informative and entertaining. Very well respected author shame he is no longer with us. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nigel Boynton
Very interesting and informative book looking back at the many racing drivers and their eventful situations. Prof Watkins is humorous and easy to read.Published 14 months ago by Phil Jones
A very interesting book if you want to get behind the scenes in motor sport.Published 18 months ago by Mr Lionel Alder
This book is just first class writen by a man with a knowledge of F1 like no other, At times you will smile and at others times you might almost shed a tear but you will read on to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mr. Michael S. Jakob
Better than described, arrived within time promised, practically like new for fraction of price - thank my lucky stars I followed my brothers advice (as bought as a Christmas... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Susan Ann Whalley
The book was nothing like I expected it to be. I choose the book because I wanted to know Sid Warkins background and how he got into Motorsport but instead I Titan account of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by C A Moore
It's a good book to read an insight of what went on behind the scenes.
As a new fan of the sport it's interesting to read the back ground to the safety features in place... Read more