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Ayrton Senna's Principles of Race Driving Paperback – 1 Oct 1993

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Product details

  • 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)
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Synopsis

Ayrton Senna sets out to analyse, discuss and give his advice on driving a racing car as fast as possible.

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Format: Paperback
While searching for Formula One books you can rarely find any that cover the technique of driving a Formula One car.
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
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I have this book, bought new in hardback when it was released.

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.
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This book had a page cut out of it which was a little disappointing
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Great book. Well written but very pricey
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 24 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars The master 19 April 2014
By G. Sobrian - Published on Amazon.com
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One has to do a good deal of reading again and reading between the lines.
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars and Jim Clark were my all time favorite F1 drivers 11 Feb. 2017
By David L. Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the few books that actually helps racers to define what driving at the limit is, AND how to tell how and why some drivers are faster than others. While Alain Prost, Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, and Jim Clark were my all time favorite F1 drivers, I have grown to appreciate and like Ayrton Senna as well. A must read for aspiring drivers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic. One of the best in Genre. Senna is Forever !!! 10 Feb. 2014
By Kleber Silva - Published on Amazon.com
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The book has the right balance between technical and practical. Recounting the experiences of this fantastic champion of F1. Small details that make a big difference on the track. Extremely illustrated, this is which makes the experience exciting and following a logical script practically learning on the track. No doubt, these 1st literary granprix was won by the great and eternal champion Ayrton Senna da Silva. In terms of delivery Amazon and direct seller were clean at all. Recommend both again! Great Job.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 April 2015
By Chzy - Published on Amazon.com
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A must have for Senna fans!
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 25 Mar. 2017
By Mark Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
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Great addition to any racing library!
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