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on 5 October 2001
I found this book fascinating, because it allowed me to find out so much information about the inner workings of a successful F1 team. This book is written from a mechanic's point of view, it therefor shows how much work is done between race meetings. It is a pity that Steve did not give more details about the actual transporting of the cars from race to race. I recommend this book to anyone who loves the "team " sport of Formula One.
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on 23 July 1999
Having a husband who works for a Formula One team, I know a little bit about what goes on during the season, and for the most part, Matchett's book really captures the excitement, and the technical challenges of the racing season. He has a clear, fluent writing style, with flashes of dry humour, and on the whole, the book is very interesting and well observed. The mechanics in any Formula One team are always close to the action, observing the main players, and the cars, at close quarters. One can't take away from the importance, and the undoubted danger of the job, so aptly demonstrated by the horrific pit fire at Hockenheim. But Matchett's narrative style is self-conscious at times, and what disappointed me about this book was the over-emphasis placed on the role of the mechanics, at the expense of the other members of the team. Where were the engineers, the deisgners, the R&D boffins? In the end, the message of this book seemed to be "Forget the other guys, in the end it's us and the drivers who make the team a success." At best, the self-importance of the writer is just amusing, at worst it's insulting to those in the know. Having said that, 1994 was a uniquely eventful year for F1, and this book provides a raft of detailed observation which makes it well worth a read.
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on 18 July 2016
This was an excellent read. I'm interested in F1 so I understood the background, but very interesting to read from an unusual perspective - from a mechanic. And so lucky he chose to start recording his monthly memoirs in what turned out to be such an eventful season.
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on 30 October 2001
A really very nice look on the "insides" of the Formula 1 world, from a fresh and original point of view. Very well written, lots of interesting anecdotes, insights, and inside information that you will never find in your typical "review" and biography type of books.
*Very* enjoyable and highly recommended! But don't forget to check the author's later (excellent, if not even better!) book "The Mechanic's Tail".
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on 18 April 2013
After reading Machett's second book (The Mechanic's Tale) first, I was told this one was better. I'd disagree with that - I found the full story of his life in F1 more interesting than this tale of the 1994 season. I still enjoyed this book, but telling the story of one season was (in my eyes) always going to be a little more repetitive than the tales from a whole career, and I suspect there were some parts of Benetton's 1994 season where he probably couldn't go into much detail! One for the hardcore F1 fan.
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on 13 August 2003
This a month by month account of the counterseal 1994 season by Steve Marchett (a Benetton mechanic) in which they win the drivers championship. For anyone wanting to work in formula one as either a mechanics or engineer, a must read.
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on 4 September 2013
Well written, feels like you are part of a conversation rather than having a story told. Draws you into the world of Formula 1, would appeal to both fans and anyone after a life story type read.
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on 28 December 2012
Brilliant insight of 1994 f1 season from a totally different perspective which is both unique and informative a must read for any f1 fan going to read his other book now
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