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Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of the world great­est F1 de­signer

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The man who has cre­ated more F1-win­ning cars than any­one else tells tales of his tri­umphs and tragedies. Yo­gen­dra Pratap elab­o­rates

Adrian Newey has spent over 35 years at the heart of the Formula One, designing cars for teams as di­verse as Wil­liams, McLaren and Red Bull and his cars have won more Formula One Con­struc­tors’ and Driv­ers’ ti­tles than any­one else. In How to Build A Car, Newey talks about his jour­ney from Indy­car rac­ing to the heart of Formula One. Not only does the book give an in­sight into the teams he worked for, the cars he de­signed, the peo­ple in­volved in his jour­ney but also the driv­ers rang­ing from Mario An­dretti and Nigel Mansell on one side and Alain Prost and Mike Hakki­nen on the other. In ad­di­tion to the mod­ern greats like Se­bas­tian Vet­tel and Mark Web­ber. He also de­signed cars for them.

But it was not all smooth sailing and for the first time Adrian Newey opens up about the big­gest tragedy to oc­cur in Formula One and his role in it. In an ex­plo­sive chap­ter, he owns up about his moral re­spon­si­bil­ity for the death of mo­tor­sports leg­end Ayr­ton Senna as he died try­ing to ex­tract the max­i­mum per­for­mance from a car he had de­signed. And how a sim­ple de­sign fix could have pre­vented the death of one of the most tal­ented motorsport driv­ers to have ever graced the sport. For all the Formula One fans this book is es­sen­tial read­ing but for the fans of Ayr­ton Senna it’s a valu­able les­son, as Adrian de­tails how Ayr­ton came to be driv­ing for Wil­liams, his de­ter­mi­na­tion to be the fastest and how a sim­ple rule change led to the Wil­liams FW16 be­ing un­sta­ble and deadly in the hands of Senna. As the ti­tle sug­gests, the 35 year jour­ney into Formula One, is not only in­ter­est­ing but also gives a good in­sight into mak­ing of th­ese high speed ma­chines and what makes them win­ners in the hands of the right driv­ers. Over­all, the book will ring a bell not only with Formula One lovers but also for all the fans of Ayr­ton Senna as well.

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