Deadly Obsessions: Life and Death in Formula One

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Drivers in Formula 1 motor-racing risk their lives every time they race. In Deadly Obsessions top drivers reflect on the sport that brings them so close to death; its personal and spiritual impact.

Since the first Grand Prix held in France in 1906 there have been many fatal accidents and serious injuries on the race track. In 1994 the sport was rocked by the tragic death of super-hero Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian driver, in the San Marino race. Since then more safety features have been added to the cars and to the rules of the race. But at speeds of over 200 miles per hour, and cars vying for position on the track, Formula 1 will never be a safe sport. There is always the possibility of death.

Sports writer, Phil Shirley, probes the thoughts and feelings of the men who live with extreme danger in Deadly Obsessions. Some of them have witnessed fatal accidents; they are well aware of the risks they face and speak candidly about their approach to life and death, about their beliefs and superstitions, about prayer and their view of God.

Interviews include:
• Damon Hill
• Mika Hakkinen
• Michael Schumacher
• Jacques Villeneuve
• Martin Brundle, and many more

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Deadly Obsessions: Life and Death in Formula One is a chilling reminder that the high-speed world of F1 is no Sunday drive.

Thankfully, since the black weekend at Imola in May 1994, when during practice Roland Ratzenberger and, in the course of the race, Aryton Senna were both killed, there have been no fatalities in the sport. That is not to say that there hasn't been crashes, shunts and bumps involving not just "tail-end charlies" but past champions Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve, as well as reigning title-holder Mikka Hakkinen. Viilleneuve, who lost his father Giles at an early age, he endured more spins than a Danni Minogue single. Double champ Schumacher was forced to sit out most of the 1999 season with a broken leg. Back-to-back winner Hakkinen suffered a horror crash in 1995, which almost cost him his life.

Every chapter that Phil Shirley pens leaves the reader gripping the pages and chasing the answers which drive men to put their lives on the line. Shirley probes the relationship and deep bond between a driver and their belief and faith in God.

As well as interviewing the current crop of competitors, Shirley examines articles and quotes from those who have departed to the great put lane in the sky

The long and tragic list of men lost at the wheel is grim reading but the perspective the reader gains is a powerful, lasting tribute to their immortal achievements. --Andrea Bullock

From the Back Cover:

Formula One pushes its drivers to the limits of endurance and skims the edges of death with every race. Even with every safety precaution in operation, the lives of the drivers still depend on their second by second concentration at speeds of over 200 miles per hour. What motivates men to risk injury and death for their sport? How do you cope when your friends have died in fatal crashes?

Journalist Phil Shirley probes the thoughts and emotions of the stars for Formula One in ' Deadly Obsessions.' In this fascinating insight into international motor racing, top drivers speak openly of their approach to the risks they take and the personal and spiritual impact of driving so close to death.

Among the drivers featured are: Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen, Jacques Villeneuve, Damon Hill and Martin Brundle.

Phil Shirley is a sports journalist whose previous books include 'Hoddle: the Faith to win,
Where is the Winning Post? Blood and Thunder' and 'The Soul of Boxing.'

"Maybe there is life after death, who knows? But one thing is certain, racing drivers are not immune to feelings of mortality. Each time there is a fatal accident in Formula One, it shakes you up. Nothing is worth the cost of a human life, not even this sport I love so much."
DAMON HILL

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