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Burning Rubber : The Extraordinary Story of Formula One - Charles Jennings

Burning Rubber

The Extraordinary Story of Formula One

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Formula One has been endangering the lives of its drivers, thrilling its fans since its inaugural season of 1950. Charles Jennings tells the fast and dangerous story of motor sport's premier competition. He explores the lost world of the 1950s racetrack, the irresistible rise of British constructors in the 1960s, the impact of technological changes from the late 1970s, the advent of the high-profile team boss in the 1980s and the revolution wrought on the sport by computers in the 1990s. Throughout, he offers memorable profiles of the drivers who have risked life and limb on circuits from Monte Carlo to Monza: the ebullient Stirling Moss, the champagne-gargling James Hunt, the cerebral Prost and the mercurial Senna, the metronomic Michael Schumacher, the precocious Lewis Hamilton and the reborn Jenson Button.

Burning Rubber offers a white-knuckle drive through the bends, straights, chicanes and pit stops of Formula One's chequered history.

About The Author

Charles Jennings has written extensively for the national press, television and radio. He is the author of several critically-acclaimed books,Up North; Greenwich; The Fast Set: Three Extraordinary Men and Their Race For The Land Speed Record; Them and Us: The American Invasion of British High Society. Charles Jennings is married, with two children, and lives in London.

'A funny and engaging tale of how the sport got where it is today.' Motorsport. 'Compulsory reading for anyone with a passing interest in men and motors' Independent. 'Well-researched and packed with insightful anecdotes ... For anyone new to F1, this is a must have' EPSN F1 website.

Introduction. Clinging like one of the damned to the wheel of a Mercedes W125. 'None of us has lost faith in the car in any way.' El Chueco. Drilling holes in the bodywork to let the rain in. 'I believe on that day I finally managed to master it.' 'My God, Hawthorn - what are we going to do with you?' Garagista. 'Fortunately I was in my underpants at the time.' His smiling exploiter. 'We'd like to race around Hyde Park.' Spanish Grand Prix, Jarama, 12 May 1968. 'It's going to break.' The first Brazilian. Formula One Constructors, 1965-1975. 'I did not know in which direction the car was travelling.' 'A bloody great vacuum cleaner.' It seemed as if you couldn't lose. Two gorillas and a professor. 'It was the smile which made you melt. It was devastating.' Gilles Villeneuve, 8 May 1982. 'I am supposed to be a lunatic, a dangerous man.' The keepers of the flame. 'The quality that is most truly British is his bloody-mindedness.' Ayrton Senna, 1 May 1994. Dragging a sled across the Arctic ice. Does any of it make sense? 'They all want to work for Schumacher.' 'First you get on, then you get rich, then you get honest.' 'We are in Formula One to stay.' 'Will will see.' Appendix I: Grand Prix Championships. Appendix II: Top Twenty-six Grand Prix Drivers by Races Won. Bibliography. Index.

ISBN: 9780857381255
ISBN-10: 9781609287825
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st April 2011
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.242
Edition Number: 1