By Steve Matchett
Steve Matchett was once a member of Benetton's hugely profitable Grand Prix staff, and the following he tells the extreme tale of the momentous 1994 season. Matchett writes in regards to the loss of life of Ayrton Senna, the Hockenheim fireplace, disqualifications - because the Benetton and Williams groups fought enamel and nail for the drivers championship. the ultimate showdown got here in Adelaide, the final race of the season, with the debatable coincidence whilst Schumacher of Benetton and Hill of Williams collided. Steve Matchett was once the rear jack guy within the Benetton pit lane crew, and was once himself engulfed within the poor fireplace at Hockenheim. His tale of the frantic and endless behind-the-scenes job within the attempt to be the quickest and the easiest on this planet is an interesting account of the excessive strain international of formulation One motor racing.
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