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Heinz-Harald Frentzen: Back on the Pace (Heroes on Wheels) [Paperback]

Christopher Hilton
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Manuals Inc; First Edition edition (17 Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859604099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859604090
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 17 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,137,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This text provides the full racing history of the Formula 1 driver, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, from his early racing years in Germany to his controversial signing with Williams for 1997 in place of World Champion Damon Hill. It includes a full analysis of his first season with Williams, offering insights into his relationship with both the team and his partner, Jacques Villeneuve. The book also describes Frentzen's experiences in Karting, the German FF2000, German Opel Lotus Challenge, the GM Lotus Euro series, and how in 1989 he shared second place in the German F3 championship with Michael Schumacher. Frentzen's move to F1 with Sauber, and his team leadership after Karl Wedlinger's accident in 1994 - quickly making him a top-six contender is detailed, as is his taking part in the F3000 in Japan for Super Nova in place of the indisposed Volker Weidler.

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In depth analysis of Frentzen's past. He has an interesting background and the Author does a good job...I love Frentzen however, which makes this book even better...wish it was Williams he declined so much...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes HHF Look As Good As He Is! 3 Sep 2003
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I've always been a big fan of Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Even though he's 36 this year, he's still one of the top five drivers on the grid. It's unfortunate that he's been in a downward spiral since his shocking dismissal at Jordan in 2001 (Eddie shot himself in the foot!).
Hilton's book is very complementary of HHF. He gives some insight as to HHF's youth and family life, something that you don't find elsewhere. Hilton interviews a lot of people that have worked closely with Frentzen, including former mechanics, fellow drivers, and team managers. I think you get a good idea of HHF's personality and driving style from Hilton's book. He's truly a gem among F1 drivers, without the selfishness and complaining that you hear from most of them!
Hilton spends much of the book talking about Michael Schumacher in order to illustrate Frentzen's speed on the track, as well as his laid-back style in the pits. While there aren't any quotes from Schumacher himself, Hilton uses interviews with Alan McNish, Johnny Herbert, and Karl Wendlinger to illustrate his point. Frentzen was always faster than Schumi when they had equal equipment!
While it has a "cut and paste" quality to it (insert driver's name here), overall, I would recommend it to any F1 fan who wants to know more about one of the truly great drivers in Formula One today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilton on pole with this driver's biography! 2 Aug 1999
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This book gave me all the statistics that I needed about this wonderful and versatile driver. Hilton has an amazing ability to recognise talent before it happens and he certainly has done so here. The author has managed to find some unpublished photos of this driver and it is enjoyable not to see the same old pictures that everyone else uses!I enjoyed the historical aspects and HHF's rise to glory, however I would have liked more 'in depth' dialogue with the racer himself: His thoughts on winning his first race, his thoughts on his team-mate's horrific accident at Monaco in 1994 and his stormy year with Williams. Perhaps as Frentzen's star rises Hilton will write a sequel and once more we will enjoy his easy, sometimes witty, thoroughly factual style.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very boring 20 July 1999
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Mr. Hilton should stop to write cheap bigraphies about any racing drivers and focus only in real sucessful drivers, like he did with Ayrton Senna and Jacques Villeneuve. " Fast track to Glory"? Where? Of course anyone who arrives in F-1 is a very gifted driver, but reading about Frentzen's career adds nothing to an auto-racing fan.
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2.0 out of 5 stars FAST TRACK TO WHERE ?? 4 Oct 2000
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I don't know what the tittle of this book means, but Frentzen is a good pilot. What I don't think is that he's destined with a "fast track to glory"... He's just an average driver, like the rest of them all in F-1 nowadays, ( with the exception of Schumacher ). Hilton always writes this kind of book about drivers ( any drivers !!!! ), maybe for love of sport, maybe for the money ...
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