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Brundle on Pole with Working the Wheel
on 21 November 2004
I have to confess that Martin Brundle is a hero of mine, so you might therefore think it a bit strange that I approached his book with some trepidation.
His eloquent, insightful and often humorous commentary is beamed in to homes all over the English-speaking world and has made him familiar voice to millions of Formula One fans.
Usually, when someone is such a compelling orator, their written contributions don't always reflect their verbal talent. This is certainly not this case with Working the Wheel and, with the help of respected journalist Maurice Hamilton; this book is a compelling read. Brundle's unique style really comes through and it is written very much in the same vain as his award winning commentary.
Brundle's comments are often touching and give a unique insight in to the man behind the mic. He describes crying his eyes out after his engine blew on the starting grid during the 1994 British Grand Prix, the emotional aftermath of Ayrton Senna's death and the many close shaves he has had over the years; Breaking both his ankles in Detroit, flying though the air in his stricken Jordan in Melbourne and nearly being decapitated by Jos Verstappen in Brazil, Brundle has been there, done that, and, more remarkable, lived to tell the tale!
My only criticism is that these moments are all to short and the book contains too much technical information to appeal to the casual fan. However, for those of us who dream of competing on the great circuits of the world, this book provides us with nearest we will ever get to a drivers eyes view.
Martin Brundle is often described as the greatest driver never to have won a Grand Prix and, although his motor racing career never did his talent justice, this book certainly does.