We love this book. It’s not much of a book review to tell you our opinion straight out, but it’s true. There are bots where we wanted more information, but as British F1 fans, this was a great read.
In the first half of the book, Damon lets you into his childhood and the early years. The tales of life with his father are more than just a little insightful. The life of the Mr.Monaco was always going to have two sides to it, but to be able to see and hear it from his own son was a rare treat.
How do you react to the news that your own dad has died in a plane crash, when the whole world want a piece of the news. Not only have you lost your male role model, but you’ve just lost the bread winner and the family home. It’s shocking to read the first-hand account of the impact o n the Hills, but incredible for Damon to open up so much about such a personal and emotive subject.
The two stories we really wanted to know about in Damon’s racing days, were his clashes with Schumacher and his Championship year.
Damon delivers the goods in terms of what went on in the Williams team in 1996 and throughout his rein as champion. He has a good coverage of the interesting aspects of his career. The decision to move to Arrows, that radio message to Eddie about winning and finally on retiring.
It might seem a little selfish or even voyeuristic, but we would have loved Damon to have really gone into detail when talking about his clashes with Michael. In particular, what he was thinking as he walked down the pit lane in Adelaide in 1994. Having been hit out of the world championship by a damaged Benetton.
Still, he does put a lot into the book and talks extensively about his depression and the battle he had. It must have been a hard mindset to battle out of; Dad being Mr. Monaco, multiple world champion, multiple discipline champion, then nothing. All taken away from you because the lights on the landing field weren’t turned on.
“Everything I had gone through was motivated by the desire to restore and repair all the damage that was done to the Hills in 1975,”
It’s a great read. Definitely worth picking up and spending a weekend reading.