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The Mechanic's Tale: Life in the Pit-Lanes of Formula One (1999)

by Steve Matchett

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Essential reading for anyone interested in life behind-the-scenes at Formula One. Formula One Grand Prix mechanic Steve Matchett takes the reader on a compelling journey through his life in the pit-lane, from his beginnings as a young apprentice, through his time at Ferrari and BMW to his later success with Benetton. He gives eye-witness views of the great drivers, including Michael Schumacher, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. He also talks of key Benetton personalities, and explains how the team was transformed into a strong, competitive organisation, winning three World Championships. His determination and frustration in trying - and eventually succeeding - to break into the high-pressure world of Formula One leaps off the page.… (more)

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Pretty good insight of life of a mechanic in F1 and what goes in F1 team during a season (and off season). the book is presented using a very simple English however it gets bit technical at some points but its worth it.
it was a quick read too :-) ( )
  _RSK | Jan 26, 2016 |
Rambling and pleasant. Maybe not a fireball of excitement as the dustjacket photo implies, but enjoyable, and something to feed the obsession during the off-season. ( )
  ShaneTierney | Mar 3, 2013 |
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'Will it be the same in the future? Will the prized treasures of today always be the cheap trifles of the day before? Will rows of our willow-pattern dinner-plates be ranged above the cimney-pieces of the great in the years 2000 and odd?'
Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome, 1888
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Written for Signor Benetton and Mr Ecclestone for showing me the world and for giving me a shot at the Championship. Thank you.
Also dedicated to the memory of George, Harris and J. Three faithful travelling companions
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It was 23 May, the eve of the 1998 Grand Prix de Monaco, and I had been invited by a company called Airtrack, Grand Prix travel agents, to give an after-dinner talk in Monaco about the years I spent working as a race mechanic with Michael Schumacher and Benetton Formula, and how we had finally managed to overturn the dominance of McLaren and Williams to win three Formula One World Championships.
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How long is a piece of string?
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