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Survive. Drive. Win.: The Inside Story of Brawn GP and Jenson Button's Incredible F1 Championship Win (English Edition) Versión Kindle
'The story of Brawn GP is legendary... Exciting and magical.' Damon Hill
'Nick Fry and Ed Gorman take us behind the mysterious and tightly closed doors of F1 to tell the remarkable story of the 2009 season.' Martin Brundle
Foreword by Bernie Ecclestone
The full story of F1's incredible 2009 championship battle has never been told. Until now. In this gripping memoir, Nick Fry, the former CEO of Brawn GP, reveals how he found himself in the driving seat for one of the most incredible journeys in the history of motor sport.
At the end of 2008, Nick, then head of Honda's F1 team, was told by his Japanese bosses that the motor company was pulling out of F1 in thirty days. This bolt from the blue was a disaster for the team's 700 staff, for Ross Brawn, who Nick had recently recruited as chief engineer, and for the drivers, Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello. But in a few short weeks, Nick and Ross would persuade Honda to sell them the company for £1 (plus all the liabilities).
Just thirteen weeks later, the Brawn GP team, led by Nick and Ross, would emerge from these ashes, win the first Grand Prix of the 2009 season, and go on to win the Driver's and the Constructor's Championship, with a borrowed engine, a heavily adapted chassis and, at least initially, no sponsors.
In Survive. Drive. Win., Nick gives an up-close-and-personal account of how he and Ross turned disaster into championship glory and laid the foundations for what was to become the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team. Along the way he gives the inside track on the drivers, the rivalries between teams, on negotiating with Bernie Ecclestone, on hiring and working with two global superstars: Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton - and offers a unique and thrilling perspective on an elite global sport.
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- ASIN : B07T93WDQJ
- Editorial : Atlantic Books; Main edición (3 octubre 2019)
- Idioma : Inglés
- Tamaño del archivo : 11947 KB
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- Longitud de impresión : 284 páginas
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Of course this book is a sanitised version of the story of that year and beyond - but it is still a great read. The real truth of the story will not be told until Bernie is gone, until then it remains a secret that must be kept.
We have been very lucky in the past few years and there have been some great motor racing books by John Barnard and Adrian Newey and this book, in a different way, is their equal. Without it there is a lot we would not know. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who is interested in the business side of motor racing and what goes on behind the scenes.
The Brawn story is a wonderful one and I like many loved every second of it. There is no doubt the stars aligned for them but they absolutely deserved their success. I noted the reviews saying the book was well written and I agree that it is an easy style which most will enjoy.
Nick Fry deserves credit for being the glue in the story and the guts to giving it a go and risking a great deal along with Ross Brawn many wouldn’t have done so.
There is a but coming....
No doubt being a member of the Piranha club means in Nicks position a person needs to be tough however he contradicts himself regarding Jenson. At one point he says how lucky they were to have Jenson and were scared for losing him the next he criticises him strongly saying how he choked the second half of the season and wasn’t a top line driver.
It’s very clear to me that while Nick Fry is very experienced and had a notable career he simply doesn’t understand the mindset of a driver - lucky for him he had Ross Brawn otherwise non of this would have happened.
It’s clear that Jenson was a hot property at the end of that season and would have wanted a better package financially as a world champion . But what Nick Fry didn’t take into account was “What next?” For Jenson. There had been no development of the car for the second half of the season that is why the others caught up and were more than a match for the Brawn. Yes its true by his own admission Jenson found the pressure hard to handle but Rubens results whilst better in the second half of the season were still not in the same class as Jensons overall ( and Rubens is a very good driver). Jenson had the opportunity to go to Maclaren who by the end of that year had a very good car and had the track record to move forward. It was clear Mercedes would need a couple of years (it took four)- a driver would take that opportunity to move in a heart beat.
Nick Fry clearly feels aggrieved at how that happened and took the opportunity to say so which is his prerogative but unfortunately shows a man who is uncharitable and bears a grudge which casts a shadow over the proceedings. Frankly explaining how he gave Jenson a flea in his ear deliberately is not becoming of good leadership.
Neither does he take responsibility for the proceeding dismal years he presided over the business with Honda - they leaving as they did was an inditement of his performance yet there is no mention of this.
The Brawn story was incredible and it would in my opinion have been far better to have left it that way rather than take the opportunity to belittle some within in it without taking the responsibility as all great people do.
It’s not a book I will read again
Fry does not come across as a likeable guy, He clearly bearing a lot of grudges about a lot of people. You also get the firm impression he was a passenger in the success of Brawn F1 and it was a classic case of being in the right place, right time.
Nick Fry was at the centre of this story, and through this book, brings his unique inside knowledge and perspective.
As a Formula 1 fan, who has great memories of the dramas of the incredible 2009 F1 season, and the Brawn GP fairytale, I really enjoyed this book.
As a bonus, the authors also cover the background to the signing of the Petronas sponsorship deal, and the sale of the team to Mercedes, plus the signing of Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.
I read many motor racing, and motorsport books which are ofter disappointing, but I would strongly recommend this book to any motor sport fans but also anyone interested in business.
Told by managing director Nick Fry this book covers the off-track as well as on-track action with details of the negotiations and deals that kept the team alive and ultimately saw it succeed. The last third or so takes the story on into the Mercedes era and the signing of Michael Schumacher and later Lewis Hamilton.
This is not one of the great motor sport books but it's an easy read and offers some interesting insights into a remarkable achievement.