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In the four years since the publication of Sid Watkins' first bestselling book of Formula One memoirs, Life at the Limit, the sport has seen enormous changes, remarkable races and spectacular crashes. The 'Prof' has been present at them all and in this riveting new book he gives us a unique inside account of the world's most dangerous sport. The FIA's President, Max Mosley, has launched a zero option policy with the goal of zero mortality, and much research and development has gone into technical changes to the cars, circuit design, safety barrier development
and personal protection in the cockpit. But as Watkins knows only too well, uncertainty and unpredictability provide the thrills both the fans and the drivers crave.
In Beyond the Limit, he tells us in fascinating detail just how these changes have been implemented, but he also discusses some of the extraordinary Grands Prix the sport has seen in the last four years, including Schumacher's epic crash at Silverstone in 1999, and some of the great drivers he has known. The Prof is renowned for being one of Formula One's best storytellers and his reminiscences of Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham and Stirling Moss - to name but a few - will delight motor-racing fans everywhere.
Here, too, is a race-by-race account of the Millennium season, from the Australian Grand Prix in March 2000 to the Malaysian Grand Prix in October 2000, offering a completely up-to- date picture of Formula One at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
About the Author:
As the Grand Prix on-track surgeon for more than twenty years, Professor Watkins has constantly campaigned for better safety measures and medical support at circuits round the world. He qualified at Liverpool University Medical School and subsequently trained as a neurosurgeon at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, where the Neurosurgical Unit is an integral part of a world-renowned Head Injury and Accident Service, providing unequalled experience in treating major, complex trauma. Appointed Professor of Neurosurgery in New York in the 1960s, he returned to the UK in 1970 to become the first Professor of Neurosurgery at the London Hospital, famed for its neurological excellence. His research work has led to great improvements in the treatment of Parkinson's tremor, movement disorders, intractable pain and celebral palsy. His interest in motor cars dates from his childhood in Liverpool, where his family had a bike shop and a garage. He was later able to indulge a growing fascination with Grand Prix racing by slipping away from Oxford to Silverstone. Wide experience of all types of motor racing at Watkins Glen in New York State led to the invitation to join the RAC medical panel in 1970 and to becoming Grand Prix Surgeon in 1978. Sid Watkins was honoured to be presented by the Duke of Kent with The Labatts Award for Safety in 1992. He continues to practise as a neurosurgeon in London, and is President of the Medical Commission and Chairman of the Expert Advisory Safety Committee of the FIA, the World Governing Body of Motor Sport.
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Other: First edition, 2001