Ferrari: The Passion and the Pain

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The inside story of Ferrari’s 1998 Formula 1 season and the team’s battle with McLaren for the World Championship. The Ferrari drivers and key team members reflect on a season of drama, excitement and no little controversy.

What were the factors behind the improved performance of the team this season? Who were the characters behind the scenes backing up the brilliant driving of Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine? What were the pivotal moments in Ferrari’s head-to-head duel with McLaren throughout the season?

Ferrari tells the story from the inside, in the eyes of the team. It features interviews with the drivers and all the key Ferrari personnel, including Jean Todt, Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne – plus an exclusive team view of the Schumacher controversy at Spa involving David Coulthard – along with all the race action from the season.

The book also looks back to the signing of Schumacher at the start of the 1996 season and follows the team’s fluctuating fortunes through to the dramatic climax of 1997 at Jerez. With its penetrating insight into the inner sanctum of Ferrari, this fascinating expose is a must for all Ferrari fans.

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‘The author has spoken with all the important people [at Ferrari]… there is good stuff here’
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FERRARI: THE PASSION AND THE PAIN

Ferrari is the most glamorous and secretive name in Formula One. It was in the 1940s that Enzo Ferrari conceived the racing team, and during that period there has been almost no access to outsiders. Now, for the first time, Ferrari have allowed sports journalist Jane Nottage behind the scenes in this authorised tribute to mark fifty years in the life of the most famous motor racing team in the world.

Unlike previous books based on the fortunes of the prancing horse, 'Ferrari: The Passion and the Pain' will tell the story from the inside, through the eyes of the team. The complex internal manoeuvring, the hopes and expectations, and the pressure to perform and produce a world beating car – these are just some of the issues covered in fascinating detail that help explain the enigma of Ferrari.

Beginning with the start of the 1996 season and the signing of Michael Shumacher from Benetton, the book traces the team's initial problems with the car and the frustration of a string of early retirements that put paid to any hopes of championship glory that season. Then, following a series of consistent performances in 1997 which included memorable wins for Schumacher in Monaco, Magny-Cours and Spa, it focuses on a new era for the team that sees Ferrari back once again at the pinnacle of Formula One.

Featuring a foreword by Niki Lauda, interviews with Ferrari drivers past and present like Jody Scheckter, Nigel Mansell, Eddie Irvine and Michael Shumacher, key team members including Jean Todt, Nigel Stepney, Ross Brawn, and other parties privy to the inner secrets of Ferrari – and with exclusive photographs taken both on and off the track, this book will make enthralling reading for all Ferrari enthusiasts and Formula One fans.

'Jane Nottage', a writer and sports journalist, contributes regularly to several newspapers and magazines including 'The Mail on Sunday' and the 'Daily Express'. Fluent in Italian, she has followed the fortunes of the Ferrari team for many years and worked with Luca di Montezemolo when he was director of Italia '90, the World Cup Organising Committee, before he became Chairman of Ferrari in 1992. For two seasons and winters, Jane has had unprecedented access to Formula One's most famous and charismatic team. She has written four books, including the bestselling 'Venables' England, The Making of the Team, 'which she wrote with former England coach Terry Venables.

'Nicki Lauda', who wrote the foreword for this book, was born in Vienna, Austria in 1949. One of the all-time great Formula One drivers, he won the World Driver's Championship three times, in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari and in 1984 with McLaren.

"Ferrari has something extra. Every time I walked through the doors of the factory at Maranello or stepped into the car, I felt the added importance of being that unique thing – a Ferrari driver. Getting inside the team and discovering how it operates will make fascinating reading."
NIKI LAUDA (THREE-TIME WORLD CHAMPION)

"You had the feeling that this was a place where Grand Prix racing wasn't just a business, it was a tradition. Every driver, mechanic and engineer, right down to the guy who swept the floor, regarded it as an immense honour to work for the Ferrari racing team."
NIGEL MANSELL (1992 WORLD CHAMPION

"Ferrari 'is' motor racing. It is the representation of everything motor racing stands for – speed, glamour and excitement. I'm sure the team's patience and hard work will soon be rewarded…"
BERNIE ECCLESTONE (FOCA PRESIDENT)

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