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Chequered Conflict: The Inside Story on Two Explosive F1 World Championships [Kindle Edition]

Maurice Hamilton
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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The 2007 Formula One Championship was the first since the legendary 1986 season in which three drivers went into the final race with the possibility of being crowned champion. And not since that fateful year, when Mansell, Piquet and Prost went head-to-head, has a season so captured the world's attention and drawn so many new spectators to the sport - for reasons both on and off the track.
It wasn't meant to be that way. When Fernando Alonso joined McLaren for 2007, the unspoken assumption was that the double world champion would steadily proceed to his third title in a row. He would have done exactly that, but for a development no-one could have foreseen. Carl Lewis Hamilton, a relative unknown and just twenty-two-years old, would climb into the other McLaren-Mercedes and captivate the world with consistently brilliant performances. Even as it welcomed this new prodigy, however, the world of Formula One was rocked by accusations of spying between McLaren and their bitter rivals Ferrari; accusations that resulted in millions of pounds in fines and an ill feeling between the teams, their drivers and the governing body that now threatens the future of the sport.
Revisiting the 1986 season to contrast it with the world of F1 today, and applying his extensive experience as an award-winning motor-sport journalist for over 30 years, Maurice Hamilton provides a review of a season that will be remembered as one of the most important and unique in the sport's history. Analysing the individual races in expert detail as well as looking at the drivers themselves, CHEQUERED CONFLICT in its look at how radically the sport has changed in those twenty years, will become a classic of its

About the Author

Maurice Hamilton is an award-winning motor sport journalist who has worked at the Guardian, the Independent and, now, the Observer. He is the F1 Summariser for BBC Radio Five Live and has also written several successful books on the subject.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 332 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00413QAHO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic 2 Oct. 2008
Another excellent well constructed insight into the world of Formula One. Perhaps too close to the truth for some fans of this great sport Hamilton exposes the story behind the 2007 'spy-gate' scandal.

The book features excellent use of the actual FIA and team transcripts cutting out most of the useless jargon and piecing the 12 months of confusion together to paint a none too pleasant picture of the 2007 Formula One World Championship and all that happened on and off the track.

Hamilton's aneqdotal comparisons to the 1986 season provide an intrigueing background story and a reminder of a great championship resolved more on the track than off it.

A real must read for the F1 fan. Along with titles such as Race Without End, The Mechanics Tale and Life at the Limit, this goes down as another classic F1 read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much new here if you are an F1 fan... 9 Mar. 2011
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I had great hopes for this book but unfortunately there is very little that is new information here if you are an F1 fan and followed the events at the time as they unfolded. Yes the comparisons against 20 years ago are interesting but the real interest of this book is the year from hell for McLaren and the effect it had on the team. Most of the book is quotes taken from already published interviews with the main players at public press conferences. yes there are perhaps two unique transcripts of interviews that I hadnt read before but nothing like what I hoped for. Also there was no follow up with the main players after the year itself so no information about what has happened since to Stepney or Couglan, or in fact interviews with Ron Dennis etc. So Im sad to say I really cant recommend this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars chequered conflict 21 Dec. 2011
A totally biased book,if you are the worlds biggest lewis hamilton mark and would not want read about any of his flaws or faults this is the book for you,or if you believe fernado alonso is the antichrist and should be stoned to death this will be the book for you,not one for the f1 purist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great. 5 May 2013
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This is a great book, its use of comparison between the '86 and '07 seasons as two team mates vied for the title and lost out to an outsider who sneaked up on them both as they squabbled among themselves is extraordinarily clever. It does not paint a great picture of Alonso, he is definitely made out to be the villain of the piece which is perhaps slightly unfair, but it does show the competitive nature that makes a driver a champion.
If you are a fan of F1 buy this book...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another greally good read from Maurice Hamilton 3 Jan. 2012
I would recommend this book, as it was easy to read, but it didn't leave out any details of what happened in 86 and 07. I found the book really interesting, and I would recommend anyone reading this to check out Maurice Hamilton's books.
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