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

By Charles Jennings

A turbo-charged account of 60 years of Formula One, endangering the lives of its drivers and thrilling its lovers for the reason that 1950


A white-knuckle force in the course of the bends, straights, chicanes, and pit stops of formulation One’s checkered heritage, this the quick and hazardous tale of motor sport’s most excellent competition. It explores the misplaced international of the Nineteen Fifties racetrack, the impossible to resist upward thrust of British constructors within the Sixties, the influence of technological adjustments from the past due Nineteen Seventies, the appearance of the high-profile workforce boss within the Eighties, and the revolution wrought at the activity through desktops within the Nineties. all through, there are memorable profiles of the drivers who've risked lifestyles 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 (whose mixed brilliance was once handed simply via their mutual loathing), the adenoidal Nigel Mansell, the metronomic Michael Schumacher, the precocious Lewis Hamilton, and the reborn Jenson Button.

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His private life was, on the surface, just as undemonstrative, side-affairs notwithstanding. He may have had a fling with Evita Perón (yes), but for twenty fairly monogamous years he lived with ‘Beba’ Espinosa, a buxom, raven-tressed divorcee (her ex had been a potato farmer), with whom he had an illegitimate son. ’ But when things got awkward, he walked away from her just as he walked away from Alfa Romeo and Ferrari: ‘She said if I didn’t like being with her I could leave. ’ There you go. The only things which wholly engaged his passions were being in a racing car and winning.

And he had shuffled back to the financially wheezy Maserati équipe for the endgame, in a much-developed 250F, the car in which he had started his ’54 Championship year. If Alfa Romeo had been Teutonic, then Maserati were, by all accounts, authentically, chaotically Italian. The three-year-old 250F, with its unsupercharged straight-6, its conventional (but sweet-handling) chassis, and its classic good looks, was in many ways the definitive post-war front-engined machine. But the Lancia-Ferrari 801s driven in ’57 by Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn, although equally mature, were more powerful, and had much younger men to drive them.

It was a terrible way to end. But the legacy was this: in those two seasons, Mercedes had shown what a modern Grand Prix team could look like: well resourced, highly motivated, thorough, disciplined, properly structured, boasting two stellar drivers, and wholly intimidating. Just as in the late 1930s, they had turned out to be a glimpse of the future. 4 FANGIO II: 1956 AND THE NIGHTMARE OF THE PRANCING HORSE Ah, but Ferrari. How did Fangio ever win the ’56 Championship, given the truly terrible relationship between him and the Ferrari team?

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