Titel: Forza Minardi!
Autor/en: Simon Vigar
The Inside Story of the Little Team That Took on the Giants of F1.
145 col. Illustrations.
Veloce Publishing Ltd
15. März 2008 - gebunden - 160 Seiten
Minardi had a successful time in Formula Two until the tiny Italian outfit was ready to hit the big time in 1985. Gian Carlo Minardi also developed a reputation as a fabulous talent-spotter - Fisichella, Trulli, Webber and the youngest ever World Champion Alonso all started their F1 careers with Minardi. This work covers this team.
Introduction; Acknowledgements; Prologue-What was the point? Apprenticeship; 1985 - I wouldn't start from here (disastrous first season); 1986 - Nervous breakdown (no improvement); 1987 - Just when you thought... (it didn't get better); 1988 - Competing (first point); 1989 - Leading (led GP, good results, momentum); 1990 - Phoenix Nights (front row qualifier); 1991 - Seventh Heaven (best championship finish); 1992 - Power slide (dip); 1993 - Monza flip (good points, F1's strangest crash); 1994 - Michele & Martini (two favourite sons); 1995 - Bits & pieces (anon season); 1996 - Too many cooks (takeover); 1997 - Rumi to manoeuvre (new boss); 1998 - Much to young (unreliable driver); 1999 - Raindance (close to glory); 2000 - New millennium, old story (no money); 2001 - I come from a land down under (Aussie takeover); 2002 - Much too Yoong (inexperienced driver); 2003 - Going nuts in Brazil (close to victory); 2004 - Back Indy points (point at US GP); 2005 - Smelling the coffee (the end); Epilogue; Appendix - Minardi results, season by season, finishes in both championships.
Simon Vigar has beaten Nigel Mansell at karting and taken Michael Schumacher for tuition laps in an F430 at Fiorano. Simon keeps his feet on the ground working as motor sport correspondent for LBC Radio in London and has reported from many Grands Prix. He has also narrated the official Formula One videos and is an award-winning TV and radio news reporter. James Hunt's exploits got Simon hooked on F1 and his passion for Minardi developed in the early 90s. Cheering on the underdog in an increasingly grey, corporate world harked back to the days of Hesketh and James.
Review by Jamie O'Leary for Autosport, 2008
Minardi were universally loved during their 20-year stint in F1 and now Simon Vigar has attempted to gather up the best bits in his new title, 'Forza Minardi!'
Featuring interviews with Bernie Ecclestone, Fernando Alonso and the man himself Giancarlo Minardi, the book is well-researched and insightful - did you know for instance that Ayrton Senna, frustrated with the inter-team politics at McLaren, was weighing up a move to Minardi during the later stages of the 1989 season?
If there is one criticism - and there is one - it's that half the book (65 out of 135 pages) is dedicated to the five years under Paul Stoddart's stewardship, leaving only the same amount of space to cover the 1985-2000 period, including Pierluigi Martini's famous lap in front at Estoril in '89.
If you're one of those closet Minardi-istas, then it is recommended.