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Teamwork: West McLaren Mercedes: Biography of the Formula One Team [Hardcover]

Gerald Donaldson
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Book Description

1 Feb 1999

Going behind the scenes at one of the best known and most successful names in Formula One, this biography of a racing team gives an honest and forthright appraisal of the drivers, management and team personnel that make up McLaren.

Written by the first journalist to have unlimited access to the team and endorsed by the McLaren organisation, Teamwork focuses on key team members such as managing director Ron Dennis, his wealthy and mysterious business partner Mansour Ojjeh, and the dashing drivers Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard.

And how does McLaren collect and spend its £100 million budget for a season? This book delves into the business and commercial aspects of running a Formula One outfit, including interviews with management, sponsors, and technical partners.

It also documents the intense drama and excitement of race weekends, examining team strategy, tactics and the impact on the team of the new regulations for 1998.

This revised edition contains a new chapter, which celebrates McLaren’s recent double success in capturing both the 1998 World Drivers’ and Constructors championships.

For motor racing fans seeking an insight into the unique character and personality of a Formula One team, this book will prove to be a genuine eye-opener to the sport.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Willow; Revised edition edition (1 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002189046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002189040
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 24.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,099,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Anyone who knows anything about F1 books knows that Gerald Donaldson is required reading’
Sky Sports

From the Back Cover

In the fiercely competitive world of Formula 1 racing only a few teams win Grands Prix and fewer still become champions. Over the years one team – West McLaren Mercedes – has won more than most and now, after a brief period in the shadows, it is the best team of all – winning both the 1998 F1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships.. This is the biography of that famous team.

Written with the full cooperation of West McLaren Mercedes, 'Teamwork' goes into the team's heart and soul, revealing how it works and why it is so successful at the pinnacle of motorsport. Never has a Formula 1 team been portrayed so comprehensively, or so honestly.

Behind all the thrills and excitement of Grand Prix weekends – the glamour and the glory of success, as well as the pain and anguish of failure – is an intense human drama played out among the personnel who devote their lives to the team's cause. In pursuit of the ever higher standards of excellence for which the team is renowned it is the passion, skill, professionalism, dedication, determination, and emotion of its individual personalities that form the essential character and spirit of West McLaren Mercedes.

From headquarters and the factory, to the paddock, garage, pit lane and track at the circuits – and through the eyes of the management, the designers and fabricators, the partners and suppliers, and the mechanics and the drivers – 'Teamwork' goes behind the scenes and into a world previously unseen by the millions of fans who avidly follow Formula 1 racing.

What emerges from 'Teamwork', lavishly illustrated with the highest quality photographs taken by the best Formula 1 photographers, is an enthralling portrait of one of the greatest racing teams in history.

Gerald Donaldson was given unprecedented access to the West McLaren Mercedes team to write this exclusive book. A highly respected Formula 1 commentator, journalist and author, he has been covering the sport for over 20 years. His bestselling biographies of Gilles Villeneuve and James Hunt have been internationally acclaimed as the best ever racing driver books.

“The thing that makes West McLaren Mercedes successful is that it is a very successful team – and team is the key word.”
RON DENNIS, Tag McLaren Group Managing Director

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Simply Excellent! 20 Nov 2005
This book has to be the best biography of a sporting team I have ever read! It is the biography of the 1998 double world championship winners McLaren, It has beautifully worked photographs and a heap of knowledge of the team including their high points and their lows. An ideal book for any motorsport freak like myself. It is certainly an ideal Christmas present to anyone interested in F1 or cars in general
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