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“Racing is life. Any­thing be­fore or after is just wait­ing.” When Steve Mc­Queen, who owned one of Fer­rari’s hand­somest cre­ations, the 275 GTB/4, said those words he didn’t have an eye on his fu­ture rep­u­ta­tion as the King of Cool. No – he meant it, as any­one with even a pass­ing ac­quain­tance of Mc­Queen’s fond­ness for two and four-wheeled thrills will know.

Of course con­tem­po­rary mo­tor racing com­pares poorly with the fumes and fa­tal­i­ties that pep­pered the sport in the days when Mc­Queen would don race leathers. Gone is the spirit of in­vin­ci­bil­ity and aban­don, and with it a gen­er­ous mea­sure of ugly machismo, but some tra­di­tions are ev­er­green, as ev­i­denced by this shot of Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen slough­ing a shed­load of rub­ber from the rear wheels of his Fer­rari 248 F1, t from a new book cel­e­brat­ing the Ital­ian mar­que.

It ain’t big and it ain’t clever, but as count­less pi­lots of al­beit less so­phis­ti­cated ma­chines – past and present – will agree, dough­nuts are a fun way to wait be­fore the lights turn green and life be­gins in earnest.

Fer­rari: Un­der the Skin by An­drew Nahum is pub­lished by Phaidon, priced £39.95. An ex­hi­bi­tion of the same name is at the De­sign Mu­seum, Lon­don, un­til April 15

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