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By Steve Matchett

Steve Matchett was once a member of Benetton's hugely profitable Grand Prix staff, and right here he tells the extreme tale of the momentous 1994 season. Matchett writes in regards to the dying 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 while Schumacher of Benetton and Hill of Williams collided. Steve Matchett used to be the rear jack guy within the Benetton pit lane crew, and was once himself engulfed within the bad hearth at Hockenheim. His tale of the frantic and never-ending behind-the-scenes task within the attempt to be the quickest and the easiest on the earth is an interesting account of the excessive strain global of formulation One motor racing.

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