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- File Size: 4435 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Publisher: Pan (7 Mar. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BQF6RBO
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Life At The Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Sid Watkins was at the forefront of changing, not only the physical specifications, but also of the culture within F! as regards safety. This book looks at the safety of the sport before, and after he came to the sport at the behest of Bernie Ecclestone. As well as looking at the safety, the accidents, some fatal, some not, there's pen portraits of some of the big hitters during his time in the sport.
As well as the sporting side, there are several appendices showing the documentation required by the FIA to ensure that any circuit meets the requirements laid down under the safety regulations, along with a fairly exhaustive look at the research carried out on the stresses a race driver is under during a race.
This contains something for everyone, regardless if it is little vignettes like the medical car overtaking the cars during the first lap, to historical facts such as the infighting that went on to allow the medical car to follow the cars on the first lap. Regardless whether you are a long term fan, or a new fan, there's something in this book for you.
In this book, he tells the story of his involvement in Formula One racing. He covers the years from 1978 to 1994 with a few notes about the following year. The book treads a path between autobiography and history or documentary.
My first comment about this book is that it is well written and a really enjoyable read. Of course, the author covers the many accidents which he has attended in his work. Beyond that, he writes about the personalities involved and also the process by which the current high standards of medical care have been introduced into the sport.
In that latter area, one character stands out. It is clear that without the force of Bernie Ecclestone behind them, many of the improvements to medical care would not have taken place. The two men each understand their own and the others job and they do not get in each others way and trust each other immensly.
Reading parts such as the description of the death of Gilles Villeneuve brought a tear to my eye. Other parts, such as the tale of Gerhard Berger testing the indestructability of Ayrton Senna's new carbon fibre briefcase had me laughing out loud.
But, to put a serious angle on it, the early days, up to the mid-70s especially, were dangerous times for F1. Anyone whose seen the awful footage of Tom Pryce's death, or Roger Williamson's, won't need convincing of that. But F1 was un-regulated in terms of safety and anyone who spoke out or tried to change things (step forward again, Sir Jackie) was branded a coward by many other drivers, team owners and circuit managers (and the latter of course, would have to spend money to implement any safety changes).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're a fan of Formula One, especially F1 in the 1970s through 1990s, you really ought to read this.Published 12 months ago by Nickja
A great disappointment . The book is poorly written, and badly arranged, leaping from anecdotes about races, to a rather self important view of the writer as a political figure... Read morePublished 13 months ago by christopher storey
Sid Watkins should have stuck to what he knew. Writing he knew not. It feels like the only reason he wrote this book, was to prve to the world that he and Senna were as thick as... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mark V
Arrived quickly,only downside is its a little scruffy looking - was going to give it to someone as a present but il keep it
Arrived quickly only downside is that its a... Read more
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