Part of a five-book set profiling top teams in Formula 1 in the late 1990s – which include titles on McLaren, Williams, Benetton, Jordan and Stewart – David Tremayne’s Ferrari: Formula 1 Racing Team follows the formulae of its sister titles, although this particular version was republished in the wake of the team winning the coveted Drivers’ Championship title in 2000, for the first time since 1979.
The book almost exclusively covers the team’s rise under the guidance of Jean Todt, who was brought into an utterly dysfunctional Maranell squad in mid-1993.
The radical twin-floor F92A of 1992 had proved an embarrassment, and the separation of the team’s design office (located in the UK, at the behest of John Barnard, the team’s Technical Director at the time) from its factory was proving unsuitable.
At a high level, it analyses the operational and cultural change that slowly took place over the subsequent years, that saw the team successfully bring life back into the Prancing Horse when it was perhaps more of a lame donkey back then.
Crucial decisions – such as the hiring of Michael Schumacher, the forging of a complete technical team, a top-down restructure of the company – are examined, and the outcome was, finally, the all-important first Drivers’ Championship since the Jody Scheckter-led campaign in 1979.
Tremayne is one of F1’s celebrated journalists and writers, and his writing style here is easy to digest, and he paints a useful image for the reader.
The pictures used in the book are largely taken from the Sutton Images library, but I’d has at a guess as perhaps not the finest from the archives. Furthermore, the publishers insist in using this column-based format on the pages which does nothing to make it any easier to read, and gives it a rather high school textbook feel.
Die-hard Ferrari fans won’t find anything particularly earth-shattering here, but it’s an easy enough read and would be perfect for someone who knows little of the team’s rise from the ashes.
Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Ferrari: Formula 1 Racing Team…
OUT OF A POSSIBLE 5.
Ferrari: Formula 1 Racing Team is available via selected motorsport retailers and Amazon.