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An Armchair F1 Enthusiast`s View,
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This review is from: Bernie's Game : Inside the Formula One World of Bernie Ecclestone (Paperback)
As an armchair /TV enthusiast of Formula 1 racing over the past 15/ 20 years , I`ve only really seen the "glossy" side of this sport.Mainly the excellent TV coverage (from the BBC & ITV) on the Qualifying and Race Days including the background information and interviews of many of the characters both in front and behind the various teams ....including Bernie Ecclestone.
This book was recommended on one of these programmes so I obtained a copy in order to find out a little more of the "behind-the-scenes" of this multi-million dollar sport and how such an innocuous looking fellow with a dry wit and willing to comment an any asked question was held in such high esteem.
Wow...what a story ! I realise that to be rich (or mega rich!) then you have to be rather ruthless and this book certainly tells you that.From his humble beginnings with motorbike sales , via Brabham to the present day , I found it an excellent read giving me an in depth insight into the wheeling and dealing and the true character of many of the names from the world of Formula 1
I can now understand a little more why there are so many meetings (just casually mentioned on the TV programmes)...where the reality is more than a meeting , more like a battle where on most occasions Bernie gets the result he wants.
A recommended book for any F1 enthusiast ...whether armchair/TV or the globe trotting real enthusiast.
Would make a delightful Christmas or birthday present.
I wonder if there will be an update ...so that we can hear about Bernie`s role in the current argument regarding the venue for the next British Grand Prix ?
One criticism ( also mentioned by another reviewer) is the poor proof reading of the text....so let`s hope that the all facts are accurate.