Author Name "Tipler, Johnny"
Title Ayrton Senna The Team Lotus Years
Number of photos 350 illustrations
Book Condition New
Number of pages 224 pages
Dimensions 11'' x 11''
Publisher Coterie Press LTD 2005
ISBN Number 1902351169 / 9781902351162
Availability In Stock
Seller ID 31987
"The three years that Ayrton Senna drove for Team Lotus, 1985-87, was one of the headiest periods in the history of motor racing. Not only were titanic battles raging between the four leading teams Ð McLaren, Williams, Ferrari and Lotus Ð in the second phase of the mega-powerful turbo era, rivalry between the top Formula 1 drivers, on-and off-track, was wound up to fever pitch.
Behind the scenes, intrigues fermented between team personnel, sponsors and component suppliers. Johnny Tipler interviewed many of the people involved in F1 at the time and with Team Lotus in particular, and without exception they were keen to discuss Senna's tenure of the prime seat at the Norfolk team, where the young Brazilian was warmly regarded and his talents held in high esteem. The book draws on this wide variety of first-hand sources to describe the atmosphere and politics within the organisation, as well as examining the cars Senna and his three successive team-mates, de Angelis, Dumfries and Nakajima drove, from Types 97T to 99T, with reference to their technical evolution.
The chronological theme includes chapters detailing Team Lotus's performance in each Grand Prix, interspersed with chapters penetrating the underlying themes Ð mechanical and political, including the mood at Ketteringham Hall in the season prior to Senna's arrival when Mansell was at loggerheads with team manager Peter Warr. The book pulls no punches in its final summation of the effect that Senna had on the once glorious Norfolk squad."