The Winning Formula

Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Sports, Other
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How does a pit crew change four wheels in 1.9 seconds?   

And what does that mean for a company like Blackberry?     

What is Ron Dennis' secret to good time management?   

And how can that help TV producers?     

Why is F1 the perfect example for leadership, motivation and strategy?   

And what can we learn from it?  

In The Winning Formula, driver, commentator and entrepreneur David Coulthard opens the doors to the secretive world of F1 and reveals in simple, entertaining and utterly compelling terms how he has been able to master this mind-boggling variety of disciplines by applying the skills honed from his years at the top of the world's most demanding motorsport.  

By recounting his own stories and combining them with firsthand experience of stellar individuals such as Lewis Hamilton, Ron Dennis, Sir Frank Williams, Christian Horner and Sebastian Vettel, Coulthard provides a fascinating fly-on-the-wall insight into F1 but at the same time offers an invaluable guide to the business of sport and the sport of business.

©2018 David Coulthard (P)2018 Bonnier Publishing

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Not an F-1 Story

Maybe 20% F-1 and the rest business and self-help advice...boring at times. DC seems a great guy and had an interesting career, I expected more of his racing story and the people he interacted with during that career.

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  • Butters
  • 06-06-18

A unique read...

I’ll start with the not so good news. This isn’t a business book as such. There’s no magic formula that’s going to make you a million.

However, this book is truly awesome. Having followed Coulthard for some time I was intrigued to see what he had to. This book gives you a real insight into that but also what a genuinely nice guy he is. I won’t give anything away but it is really worth at least 1 listen.

Do you have to be an F1 or car but, no but it will help. He even mentioned Adrian Neweys book ‘how to build a car.’ (side note, if you listen to Neweys book there is another example of how nice Coulthard is).

In all I would say worth the read. The book will make you understand how Coulthard has done what he has and there are little ways that we can all use to be more successful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-18

Like DC in F1, went on a bit too long.

OK but a bit shallow and in spite of his insistence on being direct and to the point there is lots of waffle and repetition. How many times does he need to say "customer service". Neither a great insight into F1 nor ground-breaking views on business from a highly specialised and privileged position. Like most modern F1 drivers they are as much a product of their parents efforts along with a dollop of good fortune, as thier own achievements, yet rarely acknowledge this. Being a global sports star and multi millionaire does help a tad! Not dreadful but nothing too exciting. Bit like DC really.

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  • Andrew
  • 03-29-20

Great book

A really enjoyable book. Once you start it's hard to put away. This books is about life, business and a little F1

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  • Boggy of Bucks
  • 01-30-20

By DC, AKA Alan Partridge

I like David Coulthard a lot. I think he and his team on Channel 4 present a better F1 programme than Sky's much more heavily funded version, and I liked him as a driver. I had heard that he had invested in a hotel during his career as a F1 driver and I was interested to hear the story behind this and of his other business ventures. Unfortunately, this audiobook is pretty crap...

I don't know if reading the book myself would have been better but, certainly, having it read to me by the wooden-voiced Peter Forbes made the whole thing come across as if it was a business book written by Alan Partridge. Sorry, but it really was a mistake not voicing the book yourself, David.

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  • Kate
  • 01-12-20

Amazing must read

I might be slightly bias as I love F1 & I’m a huge fan of DC but this book surpassed even my expectations of being brilliant. Truly insight, thought provoking & engaging I didn’t want it to end. It’s also lit a fire behind me to go after my dreams including working with DC in some way!!

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  • Bill Ardudwy
  • 01-08-20

Failure to continue reading The winning Formula

For the second time while listening to David Coultards book. The winning formula. My Echo device informed me it was having a problem reading the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-24-19

excellent book

excellent book, really enjoyed this book & insight from David's life. well worth a listen.

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  • SamFreeman
  • 08-23-19

Excellent listen for anyone interested in business

Whether you are an F1 fan or not, anyone interested in business or self improvement can learn a lot from this book. Very well written and narrated. It makes you think about how you can use the suggested ideas to improve yourself and your business prospects.

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  • claire2848
  • 05-13-19

Refreshingly honest and easy

Great with examples set within F1. Easy to understand and in turn implement into business life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-19

A good book, slightly self indulgent

I felt that some of this book alienated a certain portion of the audience with its focus around executives and flights around the world.
the advice is sound and well laid out, with clear direction around what you need to do to bring success to yourself and your company.

A lot of the advice is common sense and purchased this book with an interest in F1 and how that logic is applied. I learnt new things, mostly about people.

I also learnt that Mr Coulthard is a little bit self obsessed from time to time (it feels like it anyway).
No one has the power or the right to take away from someone's achievements but in this case, he harps on about them in excess and it doesn't really add to the experience of the book.

All this said, I enjoyed the book, took away learning and formula one knowledge nuggets but I have also learnt that Mr Coulthard is very rich and was at McLaren F1 for about 8-10 years.

Well worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-19

Some great lessons and ideas from a likeable successful F1 driver

Really enjoyed the dialogue and found the contents were good reinforceable lessons about life and business.

Shame Peter didn’t check with DC about pronunciation of Twynholm (it’s a “y” not an “I”) - I know the town well, visiting year after year on annual Galloway holidays till I moved overseas. Try and get there whenever I’m back in UK - love it. My late great-auntie Agnes (Robb) lived there and she babysat DC when he was young apparently.

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  • Chris
  • 03-29-19

enjoyed it

I enjoyed it. A nice balance of f1 and real life lessons. He is definitely an intelligent person!

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  • Looshbaby
  • 03-01-19

Very Interesting

Having read reviews of this book, I was a little concerned there would not be enough about Formula 1, and while David does not wax lyrical about specific races results statistics etc, he does parallel the wonderful sport or Formula 1 with business in a way that keeps it interesting. Great book.

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  • russell findlay
  • 07-11-18

Great books

Very interesting insight to F1, and and and and a absolutely amazing look into DC’s business brain. I found the book very inspirational a good read 9 out of 10 for sure