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Forza Minardi!: The Inside Story of the Little Team Which Took on the Giants of F1 The Inside Story of the Little Team Which Took on the Giants of F1 (Hardcover)

Author:  Simon Vigar
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1845841603
ISBN-13: 9781845841607
Sku: 205727302
Publish Date: 3/1/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 10H x 10L x 0.75T
Pages:  160
Age Range:  NA
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If you want to know what its like to negotiate with Enzo Ferrari, to chase Ron Dennis with a hammer, to score points when everyone knows you shouldn't and to bring a Grand Prix promoter to his knees, read this book. In an increasingly grey, corporate paddock, where people are scared of their own shadows, Minardi harked back to a better time. In the words of Sir Stirling Moss, they were about motor sport, not motor business. They took on the big guys, the bullies, and occasionally won. Minardi, Stoddart, Ecclestone, Walker, Martini, Nannini, Campos, Fittipaldi, Mansell, Badoer, Fisichella, Gene, Alonso, Webber, Yoong, Wilson, Bruni and Albers are among the contributors and that's before we get to fascinating insights from engineers and mechanics. This is the one and only inside account, with exclusive, comprehensive interviews with bosses, drivers and engineers. 140 unique photos complete this revalationary tale.
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After 20 years of glorious ‘failure’, the best-loved team in Formula One is consigned to the history books, and it deserves one of its own. Minardi had a successful time in Formula Two until the tiny Italian outfit was ready to hit the big time in 1985. It somehow survived in F1’s shark-infested waters as bigger teams (Lotus, Arrows, Tyrrell) were dragged under. They have a truly international fan-base and are the ‘second team’ of most F1 devotees. Minardi is held in such affection as everyone loves the plucky underdog – Minardi’s annual budget would have lasted one month at the other Italian team up the road. Yet, from its plant in Faenza near Bologna, Minardi has produced cars that qualify, sometimes score points and often lead the way in their technology. Gian Carlo Minardi also developed a reputation as a fabulous talent-spotter – Fisichella, Trulli, Webber and the youngest ever World Champion Alonso all started their F1 careers with Minardi. For the last five years, Minardi was owned by controversial Australian tycoon Paul Stoddart. Cast as David against the Goliath of F1’s governing body, Stoddart constantly hit the headlines as he tried to get a more equal share of the sport’s billions. Ultimately, he failed and Red Bull has now bought the team. Despite a petition of 15,000 names, the Minardi name has vanished from the F1 grid and true motorheads miss it. This is the one and only inside account, with exclusive, comprehensive interviews with bosses, drivers and engineers. 140 unique photos complete this revalationary tale.
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