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- ISBN-10: 1902351266
- ISBN-13: 9781902351261
by Lorie Coffey
The words "Elio De Angelis, piano player and gentlemen" always seemed to go hand in hand whenever journalists wrote about the young Italian driver. However, there was so much more to Elio. Not only was he a concert standard pianist he was also a talented artist, in fact, had he not followed his passion and become a racing driver he would most probably have become a architect in the family business.
He started racing in karts in Rome along with the likes of Patrese, Gabbiani and Eddie Cheever who later became Elio's Brother in Law. He progressed to F3, then to Shadow in F1, and then joined Lotus as No 2 to Mario Andretti for a season. A year later he was the youngest driver to have the primary seat in a F1 team. His team mate was Nigel Mansell and the partnership developed into a great friendship.
When Mansell moved to Williams, Elio was partnered by the almost unknown Ayrton Senna, this was to become a very belligerent relationship with Elio getting pushed to one side in favour of the outstanding young Brazilian. Even when Elio was fighting for the Championship with Michele Alboreto, Lotus appeared to favour Senna. This had a serious effect on De Angelis, he later described it as the worse period in his life and felt he had no choice but to move on and took a seat in the Brabham with fellow countryman Riccardo Patrese. It was a partnership that was not to last too long. In a private test session at Paul Ricard in 1986 Elio was involved in a fatal accident in the new Brabham BT55.
This book follows Elio through his school years, to his first racing and subsequent F1 career. The book gives an insight into the fun loving man that was often in trouble as a result of his love of life and close friends and family have shared many stories that will make you both laugh and cry. With a foreword by Nigel Mansell this is a detailed account of a young mans life and racing career written with the full help and support of Elio's family in Rome.
Buch, Hardcover, 28 x 27,5 cm, 208 Seiten, 320 größtenteils farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text