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Insight into the Movers & Shakers in the Formula 1 circus
on 28 November 2001
A book for all motor racing and particularly Formula One enthusiasts. The author, Timothy Collings, obviously has the appropriate passes to get into the pits and paddocks of the Formula One circuits and therefore be able to talk with the movers and shakers who run the world of Formula One today. As a consequence he has written a very interesting insight into the sport, or should one say business, of Formula One.
However this book does not only cover the current team managers but also those from the earlier days of Formula One including Walker, Cooper, Ferrari and, in my opinion, the best of all the late Colin Chapman. The book outlines the way in which they built up their motor racing empires and the reasons why they all, including Ferrari, ultimately became also rans and, with the exception of Ferrari, eventually left the circus. The book not only reveals how some of these managers reacted at the death of their drivers but also shows their determination and single mindedness to succeed whatever the costs, both financially and in human terms.
The profiles of these early team owners and managers set the background for how the world of Formula One has progressed over the years to the present team managers, known as the Piranha Club. From the very first chapter, which covers Michael Schumacher's first and as it turned out only race for Jordan and the subsequent contract wrangles with Benetton, it is evident that some of the teams and their managers will stop at nothing to achieve the aims and ambitions of their team.
One criticism of the book is that the publishers have obviously decided that more than a few pictures of the team managers and owners involved in the historical F1 teams and the current day teams were unnecessary.
A very enjoyable read and a worthwhile addition to the library of any motor racing fan.