It Is What It Is (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/4/2
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The stunningly honest and revealing autobiography of the most successful British Grand Prix driver of all time
From his quiet beginnings in rural Scotland to his multi-millionaire lifestyle in Monte Carlo, where he owns one of the most luxurious hotels in the principality, David Coulthard's life story is an extraordinary one. He got his breakthrough into Formula One in the tragic circumstances of Ayrton Senna's death in 1994, and quickly established himself as one of the best drivers on the circuit. From 1996-2004, he drove for McLaren, one of the leading teams throughout the entire period, before moving to Red Bull for 2005-07.
Taking the reader from his early days when he first became hooked on racing karts at the age of eleven to the high-speed world of Formula One, Coulthard has written one of the most honest and powerful sports autobiographies of recent years. He talks frankly about his ups and downs at McLaren and also about the reputation he gained for his playboy lifestyle. Throughout it all he seeks to answer the questions about himself that anyone might ask, and so to reveal what it is that really drives him on. His struggle to understand himself makes for a remarkable memoir.
David Coulthard is now the most successful British Grand Prix driver in history, in terms of points scored (517), and has driven in more races than any other British driver. He made his F1 debut in 1994 following the death of Ayrton Senna, and has three times been in the top three of the drivers' championship. He has won 13 Grands Prix.
If you knew a bit about DC career, you would know that he was many times in the chase of World Title but never got it as he did not receive the proper support from his team, McLaren. David shared that many years he thought that he had paranoia about the lack of proper support (or uneven support) his team provided, until he founds out directly from the best source, team Principal that indeed they have favored his team mate due to some emotional reasons. As it was for David, I think also for me that it is always good not lose faith in your judgment, even sometimes, due to the pressure you live in, you may question your own sanity.
He is also also known for his different adventures with women, and I like that David found out that he will be happy and fulfilled as a man only when he will commit to a single woman. It is a good lesson for young guns who think that a life full of money, drinks, adventure and women is the nirvana.
I was sort of thinking that this bio would be a prose of "I'm one of the best Formula One drivers around, and the teams were too silly to drop me," but that wasn't what the book was. Instead, this is a true honest look into the growth of a Formula One star, describing all of his successes, and all of his failures. One thing that surprised me in this bio, is the grounding feeling when realizing that your idols are just as human (and prone to failure and hardship) as you are.
This book earns full marks from me, and is fantastic for anyone looking to get to know the glamorous (and sometimes ugly) life of Formula One.