- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Hazleton Publishing; 1st edition (Oct. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1874557403
- ISBN-13: 978-1874557401
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ayrton Senna's Principles of Race Driving Paperback – 1 Oct 1993
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Ayrton Senna sets out to analyse, discuss and give his advice on driving a racing car as fast as possible.
Top Customer Reviews
Ayrton Senna's Principles of Race Driving is one of the few books that is devoted to the technique of racing. It is also the only book that Ayrton Senna ever wrote, albeit with the help of a journalist.
In 24 chapters Senna explains each and every little thing that comes around when you're racing. From placing the hands at the right position upon the steering wheel to driving through various types of corners and chicanes.
Senna also explaines how to overtake and how to maximise slipstreams during the races, and a whole host of other details.
This book will prove to be one of the big learning proccess for anyone who would like to start racing, or would like learn some more about the techniques involved in motor-racing
I bought it to learn some better driving techniques, and it does a reasonable job of explaining the basics of car control in an easy-to-understand manner. It's clearly illustrated throughout and has some great pictures of Ayrton, probably the greatest racing driver who ever lived.
There are sections on general fitness as well as diet and mental attitude. Certainly shows you just what sort of dedication Ayrton possessed and what made him such a formidable opponent on the track.
BUT: (And it's a big but)... This book is not so good as an instruction manual to really get your teeth into if you want to improve your driving. It covers an awful lot of ground, but not too much in any detail, sadly. I get the feeling that this book was written more for Senna's fans rather than for the instruction of new racing drivers.
If you want a book that will change the way you drive and that will give you results you can see in your lap times then you need this:
Drive to Win: The Essential Guide to Race Driving
Written by an American, granted. But it does cover right hand turns as well as left. In fact, this is without a doubt the best manual on driving technique that I've ever read.
If you want an entertaining and comprehensive driver autobiography from a far more personable and likeable guy then I would reach for this:
Derek Bell: My Racing Life
Which, if you shop around, can be found autographed and new for £25. Like my copy.Read more ›
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If you are analytical (like Ayrton) then it's a fantastic book. It's very concise. Absolutely no filler or padding.
Only on the first few chapters so far but I'm really blown away by the density and usefulness of the content.
But I do emphasize if you wish to be spoon fed then you may miss a lot.
Probably good for both beginner and intermediate racing drivers.
What can one say. Ayrton was the master among masters.
Maybe I'm biased because he is my idol. Not just as a driver but as a human being.