The words “Elio De Angelis, piano player, and gentlemen” always seemed to go hand in hand whenever journalists wrote about the young Italian driver. However, there was so much more to Elio. Elio started racing in karts, progressed to F3, then to Formula 1 with Shadow, before joining Lotus as number two driver to Mario Andretti. A year later after Andretti left the team, he would become the youngest driver to have the primary seat in a F1 team. His team mate was Nigel Mansell and the partnership developed into a great friendship.
When Mansell moved to Williams, Elio was joined at Lotus by the almost unknown Ayrton Senna. This was a difficult time for Elio, who was pushed to one side in favour of the young Brazilian. REMEMBERING ELIO follows the young De Angelis through his school years, to his first racing and subsequent F1 career. This stunning hard back book gives an insight into a fun loving man with stories that will make you both laugh, and cry. With a foreword by Nigel Mansell this is a detailed account of a young mans life and racing career, and was written with the full help and support of the De Angelis family.