Jenson Button: Life to the Limit: My Autobiography

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Jenson Button: Life to the Limit: My Autobiography

Jenson Button: Life to the Limit: My Autobiography

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Tym razem tak źle nie było – brytyjski kierowca rzeczywiście poświęcił swoją autobiografię na opis kariery i wspominki. Po gigantycznym rozczarowaniu, jakim była publikacja Davida Coultharda, z nieco większą ostrożnością sięgnąłem po książkę Jensona Buttona.

It is the absorbing story of a life dedicated to building a racing career and a fascinating insight into what that career entailed.By the time he was old enough to sign his first professional contract he had already worked through the 10,000 hours that Malcolm Gladwell asserts is the requirement of excellence. And to get to 10,000 hours in a sport that is both expensive and time consuming you must have a huge level of parental support. A Honda ambassador, he is also co-owner of Rocket Motorsport and co-founder of Leger cycling apparel. I would recommend this book if you are interested in Formula 1, but I would preface it by saying it’s not the best written. The majority of pages are undamaged with some creasing or tearing, and pencil underlining of text, but this is minimal.

Here, in his autobiography (October 2017), Jenson tells his full story for the first time in his own honest, intelligent and eloquent style. I’ve also always found Jenson Button’s various autobiography books to be good reads – his latest book “ How to be an F1 Driver” is a mix of conversational F1 topics including car setup and also thoughts on his life post-F1 including moving to the US and sports car racing. He reveals his relationships with some of the biggest names in Formula 1- Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso as well some of the most colourful characters like Bernie Ecclestone, Ron Dennis, Frank Williams and serial winner Ross Brawn. I discovered that the wing on an F1 car operates like the wing on an aero plane except it does the opposite and that aerodynamic grip is better generated the faster you go. But Henson was wrong: it should have been him reading to fully invest what he is writing with a passion that only his all too distinctive voice could give.I adored the insights into the life of an F1 driver in the 2000s (from the outrageous motorhomes to the who's-got-the-biggest-boat competitiveness), which revealed a fair few surprises. He truly does seem to be the nice guy of F1 - it's not an act, it's just who he is, how he was brought up. In Buttons case, that support came mostly from his father who was a driver himself and who spent every weekend driving Button all over the country to compete at different venues. As a result, there were parts of the book where JB explains the basics of F1 that anyone who's watched a couple of races will already be fairly familiar with, which I found a tad dry. Jenson Button to celebrate new book at Silverstone Jenson Button will celebrate the publication of How to be an F1 Driver with a live event at Silverstone Motor Circuit this Saturday (19 October).

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