Book Review: In the Driving Seat by Nigel Mansell and Derek Allsop

 

 
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Title: In the Driving Seat - A Guide to the Grand Prix Circuits
 
Author: Nigel Mansell and Derek Allsop
 
Photography: Various (including Keith Sutton)
 
Publisher: Stanley Paul
 
ISBN: 0-09-173818-0
 
Year/Edition: 1989
 
# of pages: 175
 
Photos: B&W and color
 
Cover: Hardcover with dustjacket
 
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Positives


Commentary of many of the older classic F1 tracks; Nigel Lotus racing photos

Negatives


The double page track paintings are a little distracting


Bottom Line

Is the new Mexico GP track better than the old circuit layout of the late 80’s/early 90’s which Nigel Mansell famously passed Gerhard Berger on the outside of the Peralta curve at 190+mph? One things for sure is that Mansell liked the old Mexico track having taken victories in 1986 and 1992. Written back in […]

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Is the new Mexico GP track better than the old circuit layout of the late 80’s/early 90’s which Nigel Mansell famously passed Gerhard Berger on the outside of the Peralta curve at 190+mph? One things for sure is that Mansell liked the old Mexico track having taken victories in 1986 and 1992.

Written back in Mansell’s first season at Ferrari, the book covers the circuits on the F1 calendar in the late ‘80s:

  • Jacarepagua – Brazil
  • San Marino- Italy
  • Monaco
  • Mexico – Mexico City
  • Phoenix – USA
  • Montreal – Canada
  • Paul Ricard – France
  • Silverstone
  • Hockenheim
  • Hungary
  • Monza
  • Estoril
  • Jerez
  • Suzuka
  • Adelaide
  • Brands Hatch

I’ve previously posted reviews of other books dedicated to F1 tracks like Bruce Jones’ recent Formula One Circuits from Above and Formula One Race Circuits; this one differs by including comments from an actual driver.

Each chapter covers the track, with a brief historic background by Allsop, Nigel’s comments and his description of a lap of the circuit going into detail of each turn, gear change and straight. Also included a circuit layout diagram and some Mansell career stats for that track.

At the time of publication, this was an entertaining read — by today’s standards maybe its a bit jaded  and less relevant with all the new Tilke tracks but Nigel’s perspective is still worth reading.

Wow Factor/Money Shot: If you trying to find photos of Mansell in Williams Judd, this one does.

Suitable for: 90’s F1 fans

 

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