On occasions I felt some people were reluctant to contradict Michael as they seemed scared of upsetting him and of him leaving the team. I have to say that taking life by the balls is not a great strength of all Europeans. When balls where given out in Ireland and England, they seem to have run out further south in Europe.
International playboy, unreconstructed womaniser, a party animal prowling the champagne circuit of the Formula 1 year, Eddie Irvine has brought much-needed thunder and flash to a sport which has struggled under the yoke of dour, monochrome characters like Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher for so long.
>From obscurity to within a whisker of the Drivers Championship in four years at Ferrari, the world's most glamorous and enigmatic team, Irvine's rise to stardom has been meteoric, and when the Northern Irish maverick joins Jaguar on January 1, 2000, the Millennium will be ushering in the most exciting Grand Prix season in living memory.
In his own words, and in interviews with his friends, family and teammates, Irvine and writer Jane Nottage reveal the man behind the myth, treating us to the exclusive inside line on the 1999 season, Ferrari, Schumacher and the glitterdust that trails in the wake of one of the most glamorous sports in the world.
Always outspoken, often outrageous, Irvine is a cavalier in a sport where team politics and sponsor duties have made mumbling Roundheads of so many of his fellow drivers--this is seat of the pants ride through a life lived in the fast lane. --Alex Hankin
Updated paperback edition of 1999's best selling Formula One title, by the maverick World Championship runner-up Eddie Irvine. (20000208)
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