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How to Be an F1 Driver

Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Jenson Button
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Sport, Other
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Author of Sunday Times best seller Life to the Limit.

In his 17 years as a Formula 1 driver, Jenson Button has picked up a thing or two about how to do the job properly. Sure, you need to be able to drive a car fast - and Jenson is on hand to pass on a few tricks of the trade here - but you also need to know the real rules for making it to the top. 

Like, how to tell a multiple F1 champion they need to check their blind spot. What the difference is between a helmet and a hat, and indeed a 'helmet-hat'. How to practise your champagne spray ahead of the big day. Why it is never, ever, under any circumstances a good idea to buy a yacht. And how to face down your team when you've just stacked their multi-million-pound car into a wall during practice.

But 'JB' (nicknames in F1 run the full range from initials to, well, just using first names) doesn't stop there. HTBAF1D (catchy) lifts the lid on the people, the places, the weird rituals, the motorhomes, the media, the cars, the perks and the disasters. Join Jenson as he reveals how not to race a stupid big truck, why driving Le Mans is like having five shots of tequila before lunch and what to do when you finally hang up your helmet-hat.

©2019 Jenson Button (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Good read

Good great for me i new a bit about f1 but was interesting to know more thanks JB well done looking forward to the next one

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  • Ashley
  • 20-10-2019

Great Book - Great Narration

Jenson's second book is as interesting and entertaining as his autobiography. In "How to Be a. F1 Driver", JB offers the reader an inside look at the life and lifestyle of a modern F1 Driver. In addition to general insights such as the money, the glamour, and the lifestyle of an F1 driver, a massive amount of topics are touched on ranging from; the different systems and setups of the car, driving techniques, how race teams operate, crashing, and how to outperform a team mate, to air travel, fitness, and diet; with everything in-between. Jenson speaks in both general terms and anecdote-laden experiences spanning his racing career. This book is both compelling and a pleasurable read. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Formula 1 or racing in general.

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  • S. Howard
  • 22-10-2019

I am loving it!

Interesting that the reviews on Amazon for the printed book are so far not great. I used a credit to get JB's previous book to listen to just before this one came out. Maybe it's because of the continuity in going straight in to this one or the extra realism and involvement that audio books seem to bring, but I am thoroughly enjoying it! Jack Hawkins does a great job of narrating both books and this book picks up pretty much where the first one finished. For me at least a great listen.

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  • Miss Natasha Lees
  • 22-10-2019

Read this book!

It is a really fascinating insight to Jenson Button’s life and the narrator is good as well.

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  • Pascale
  • 05-12-2019

Really enjoyable listen!

As an F1 fan I enjoyed the insight into behind the scenes and the struggles of an F1 driver. It is delivered with dry humour which made me laugh out loud. I am a huge fan of Jenson anyway but this could be enjoyed by a non F1 fan too. Highly recommend! The narrator sounds like Jenson too so does give the impression that he is reading it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-2019

A great insight into an F1 Champion

This book isn't going to get you to the F1 grid but it will entertain you with stories and anicdotes of life in the fast lane and the rigmarole of being a the pinnacle of motorsport. Jenson has scribed an enjoyable and funny read, and one that you can visit again and again.

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  • Rose bud
  • 26-11-2019

Recommend to anyone

I would recommend this to any one even if you are not into f1 but I would recommend you to read his first book first

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  • MR D J COLLETT
  • 26-11-2019

JB nails it again

Thoroughly enjoyed this one as with his previous as well. Excellent narration too. 1st class guys, hopefully they’ll be another instalment “How to be a Racjng Dad”

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  • JoB
  • 23-11-2019

Really enjoyable!

A really enjoyable listen, Jack Hawkins does a good job with the narration and I enjoyed Jenson's light-hearted writing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-11-2019

Very good read

It’s a really good read about this Journey and life skills picked up I feel that Jbs first book was better and a lot more interesting and had a very good in-depth karting part to it I am a massive JB fan loved him as a drive and love him in his new Avengers just hope that if he can find the time to write a other book he really focuses a big part of it on his karting career as my son is a up and coming fan and loves the karting parts with a passion overall 9 out of 10 so not all bad jb lol

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  • SteveM
  • 22-11-2019

Only for the fan!

Reader struggles to make it lively, get Michael Caine or Jackie Stewart instead! Always better when the writer takes the time to read themselves

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  • Kiz
  • 14-11-2019

fabulous!

the guy reading even sounds bit like a posh Button. you can hear everything said as he would be saying it.
great stories and revelations.
a must for all racing fans. thoroughly enjoyed it!