Originally posted by Muzza
I have read quite a few terrible books about Formula 1, but nothing as bad as Heinz Prüller's biography of Jochen Rindt.
It is so bad, but so bad, that I thought "ok, it is not possible someone would write so poorly - especially a professional journalist. It must have been the translator." Thus I had the cojones of finding an edition in German (what took me more than half a year) and try to read it - with a dictionary on my lap, as I basically don't speak German. And, to my surprise, the original was as bad as the English translation...
Why? What's the Title? I got "Der James Dean der F1" and I loved it. Especially the documents - for example this letter from Rindt to Colin Chapman (9.5.1969, after the Barcelona shunt) :
I just got back to Geneva and I am going to have a second opinion on the state of my head tomorrow . Personally I feel very weak an ill, I still have to lay down most of the day, After seeing the new Doktor and hearing his opinion we can make a final decesion on Monaco and Indy.
I got hold of this incdredibly picture which pretty much explains the accident, I didn't know it would fly that high, Robin Herd apparently saw the wing go, but could not see the accident, since it happened around the corner.
Now to the whole situation, Colin, I have been racing F1 for 5 years and I have made one mistake (I rammed Chris amon in Clemmont Ferrand) and I had one accident in Zandvoort due to gearselektion failure otherwise I managed to stay out of trouble, This situation changed rapidly since I joined your team , Levin, Eifelrace FII wishbones and now Barcelona.
Honestly your cars are so quick that we would still be competetive with e few extra pounds used to make the weakest parts stronger, on top of that I think you ought to spend some time chekcing what your diffrent employes are doing. I sure the wishbones on the F II car would have looked different. Please give my suggestions some thought, I can only drive a car in which I have some confidence, and I feel the point of no confidence is quite near.