Flying on the Ground by Emerson Fittipaldi and Elizabeth Hayward

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Flying on the Ground by Emerson Fittipaldi and Elizabeth Hayward

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Hardcover, first edition 1973 used

Published in 1973 just after Emerson had been crowned 1972 world champion at the age of 25, the book provides many interesting interviews with Emerson on lots of different topics including his early career, opinions of other drivers (not much on Ronnie though), his ideas about testing, set-up, driving technique, racing safety and public life as a famous driver.

Flying on the Ground is typical of the F1 driver books published back in the 70s – it is a real book with a solid 250 pages worth of reading with a few black and white photos included. The black &white photos are limited to a few family snaps, some shots from Emerson’s  early Brazilian racing career and him racing in the Lotus 56B, 72 and 72D.

It is only when reading Flying on the Ground that you realize what a pioneer Emerson was for Brazil and his raw talent at such a young age. Fittipaldi was the first of the ‘youngest ever’ GP winners – later Senna, Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel have since taken this tag. Lots of insight too – I wasn’t aware of Emerson’s early motorbike and hydrofoil racing exploits, his teenage entrepreneurial skills in setting up a promising leather racing wheel business in his teens and his mechanical design skills put to use in the Fitti-Vees.

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