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Starts well but drifts and looses focus
on 15 May 2014
This popped up as a recommendation and as I was about to head off for a week in the sun and as I love F1 I thought I'd give it a go. It starts off well and the author talks about his early years before making the break into F1 with pace and interest.
Initially he covers the shock of working in F1 well, but as a year by year account of his career, the books seems to loose focus and it feels like the author got bored of writing about F1. Indeed, from about halfway through it appears he had gotten bored of F1 when he was working within it, but he stuck it out to win the constructors.
He clearer had ambitions to be a serious writer and he punctuates his F1 anecdotes with stories about holidays and his personal life. Sadly these come across as an attempt to showcase his writing ability rather than to entertain as the stories are incongruous to the book and not very interesting. I skim read quite a lot of these parts as they were wordy and dull.
He then skims through the 94 and 95 seasons, states cars should be remotely driven and built as a feat of engineering and scoffs as the FIA wanting F1 to be a drivers championship. Hardly what any true F1 fan thinks. He then seems to get bored with the book, moans about his life in F1 before the book ends with no real story or closing point.
The fact that I know more about his house in France, his publisher and his first book than any of the technical aspects of the F1 world championship winning car says it all about this book.
In the end, starts well, lost its way, became boring then stops. I wouldn't recommend it.