9th July 2019

Bonnier Books UK acquires second book from champion F1 driver Jenson Button

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Bonnier Books UK acquires second book from Jenson Button

Matt Phillips, publishing director for non-fiction at Bonnier Books UK, acquired all language rights for Jenson Button’s second book How to be an F1 Driver from David Luxton Associates.

How to be an F1 Driver is champion driver Jenson Button’s second with Bonnier Books UK. Jenson’s first book, Life To The Limit, was the best-selling sports book of 2017 with 133k copies sold through TCM. Life To The Limit was also shortlisted for the 2017 Sports Book Awards. How to be an F1 Driver will be published in hardback under the Blink imprint on 19 October 2019.

“I’m delighted to be teaming up with Bonnier Books UK again. Putting Life to the Limit together was an amazing experience and I’m excited to be embarking on a new challenge by putting the reader in the paddock, behind the wheel and behind the scenes of the show that never ends.”

Jenson Button, author and champion Formula 1 driver

In How to be an F1 Driver, Jenson will take readers behind the wheel and reveal what it is like to be a champion F1 driver. From the couch to the podium, the pit-lane to the racetrack, to what really goes on behind-the-scenes. The people, the places, the weird rituals, the motorhomes, the media, the cars, the perks and the disasters, this is the perfect book for petrol-heads and F1 fans.

How to be an F1 Driver will recreate the sights, sounds and smells of being in the cockpit travelling at over 200 miles per hour, the fear of death, what happens when it goes wrong at high speed and the euphoria of crossing the line in first. The book also covers why it is best to practise your champagne celebration ahead of the big day, how you tell a multiple F1 champion they need to check their blind-spot and how to face down your boss when you’ve just stacked his multimillion-pound car into a wall during practice …

“It’s a joy to work with Jenson and his team again in what feels like a natural succession to Life To The Limit.”

Matt Phillips, publishing director for non-fiction, Bonnier Books UK

Jenson Button said: “I’m delighted to be teaming up with Bonnier Books UK again. Putting Life to the Limit together was an amazing experience and I’m excited to be embarking on a new challenge by putting the reader in the paddock, behind the wheel and behind the scenes of the show that never ends which is Formula One!”

Matt Phillips, publishing director for non-fiction at Bonnier Books UK, said: “Everyone dreams of being a Formula One driver, but what’s it really like? No, what’s it really, really like? Jenson’s second book takes us into the paddock, unlocks the doors of the motorhomes, and seats us on top of these 1,000 horsepower machines.  It is packed full of exclusive insights, unknown stories and never-before heard anecdotes, making it a great read for F1 fans and the perfect gift at Christmas. It’s a joy to work with Jenson and his team again in what feels like a natural succession to Life To The Limit.”

About Jenson Button

Jenson Button is one of the greatest racing drivers of his generation. He currently competes in the Japanese Super GT Series driving for Team Kunimitsu, in which he won the title in 2018. He has raced in Formula 1 for the last 17 years, winning 15 grands prix. In 2009 he won the World Championship for the unsponsored Brawn Racing team in one of the most incredible, against-the-odds sports stories of the century. Outside of racing, he set up the Jenson Button Trust for his fundraising activities, which include the Jenson Button Triathlon. The triathlon has raised money for Help for Heroes, Cancer Research and now Barnardo’s. A Honda ambassador, Jenson is co-owner of Rocket Motorsport and co-founder of Leger cycling apparel. Jenson is currently the face of Sky Sports’ 2019 F1 coverage.

Jenson Button is also one of the most popular figures in sport. He has almost 3 million followers on Twitter, 1 million on Facebook and 1 million on Instagram.

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