How to Be an F1 Driver

Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Jenson Button
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Sports, 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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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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Great Story

Wonderful insight on what a person must do to get & stay at the top

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Another win for JB

I am a big fan of JB. I have always respected how he handled himself as a driver and since leaving Formula 1. I enjoyed his first book immensely and frankly, I purchased this book more as a supportive curiosity with my expectations set lower as I did not think he would have the content to fill another book after already having published his first. I was wrong to ever doubt this book.

Jenson completely delivers a very interesting and engaging book in a format that I initially feared would be gimmicky. The format of “guidebook” for becoming a F1 driver was creative and helped with the flow of the book. The anecdotes and stories were fun and engaging. Excellent narration by Jack Hawkins as well.

After having read several autobiographical works of folks who drove or have been involved in motorsports, I have found (quite unexpectedly I might add) both of Jenson Button’s books to be among the most interesting in the genre. Bravo!

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  • S. Howard
  • 10-22-19

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
  • 10-22-19

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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  • Richard Smith
  • 02-13-20

Great Read

A great insight to how it all began for Jenson.
From his early days right up until the end of his Racing.

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  • Eddy Briggs
  • 02-04-20

Great for petrol heads and F1 fans alike

This is less an autobiography and more about the inside of being an F1 driver. Brilliant listening as I drove to various racing events myself.

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  • Margita
  • 01-22-20

Great book for any F1 enthusiast!

Breezed through the book. I am reading this book at the start of 2020 and the book was written in 2019 - includes rather recent developments in the sport. Jenson tells stories that have a very special flavor!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-20

Always been a fan of Jenson

Well narrated, sounds a little like Jenson. Some funny and interesting stories about the inside world of F1

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  • Pascale
  • 12-05-19

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
  • 12-02-19

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
  • 11-26-19

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
  • 11-26-19

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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  • russell findlay
  • 11-24-19

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