How to Win a Grand Prix

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Author: Bernie Collins

Category: Lifestyle , Sport & leisure

Book Format: Hardback

Publisher: Quercus

ISBN: 9781529437591

RRP: $55.00

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Race-winning team strategist shows how F1 really works.

Welcome to Bernie Collins’ world. Formula 1 drivers are the public face of Grand Prix racing but behind every driver is a team of several hundred people sharing the same passionate desire to win. On race day it’s the Team Strategist who calls the shots, working under immense pressure to make split second and crucial decisions. Through her eyes and experience as a Performance Engineer and Head of Race Strategy, Bernie takes you behind the scenes of a Formula 1 team – both in the factory and at the races – to uncover what it takes to put two Formula 1 cars on the grid and go racing.

How to Win a Grand Prix gives incredible insight of the entire process from design and construction, through pre-season testing, and how a team prepares for each Grand Prix. For race weekend itself, Bernie recreates it hour-by-hour to plunge the reader behind the pit wall and see what it’s actually like to get from grid to podium.

Bernie Collins has been at the sharp end of Formula 1 for over a decade. Hailing from the village of Maguiresbridge in County Fermanagh, Collins studied Mechanical Engineering at Queens University, Belfast.

In 2014, Bernie was Performance Engineer at McLaren Racing for Jenson Button, the 2009 World Champion. From 2015 to 2022 Bernie lead the strategy group within Force India/Racing Point/Aston Martin F1 leaving as Head of Race Strategy during the 2022 season. In 2023 Bernie Collins joined Sky Sports as a commentator and race analyst for their live F1 coverage.

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