Memoirs of a Racing Man Jo Ramirez: Memoirs of a Racing Man, by Jo Ramirez 
Paperback, © 2005 Haynes, ISBN 9781844258611

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost ten years since Jo Ramirez – one of the hardest-working and most respected figures in Formula 1 – retired from his position as Team Coordinator at McLaren after a 40-year career in the sport.

And when someone who has had such a long involvement in the sport decides to pen their autobiography, you know it should be a decent read. Add to this that the story comes from someone on the pit wall and the team garages – rather than the race cockpit – and you’re in for a very interesting ride.

Mexican-born Ramirez’ F1 career has spanned roles with teams such as Eagle, Tyrrell, Copersucar, ATS and McLaren (with whom he spent close to 20 years), working as part of the team that came to enjoy dominance in the Senna/Prost era.

While he writes with great joy, humour and gratitude, there is no sugar-coating of his anecdotes and he certainly isn’t afraid to pull any punches. Indeed, McLaren boss Ron Dennis urged him not to pen the book at all, and there are several stories about Dennis that are insightful to fans but no doubt embarrassing to the man himself.

But Ramirez doesn’t hold grudges in his writing, there’s simply a matter-of-fact style that makes the book a dream to read. This is a truly brilliant book.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Jo Ramirez: Memoirs of a Racing Man


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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.