Unofficial biographies – as we discovered with Jacques Villeneuve’s one (reviewed here) – can sometimes turn out to be hit-and-miss affairs.
The title The Story So Far – a book written midway through Hamilton’s maiden season in Formula 1 – might indicate that the book could be worth reading, given Hamilton’s outstanding pedigree in the junior formulae before he cracked F1 with McLaren and came within two points of taking the championship on debut…
Sadly, this is a very weak title and it’s title is laughably optimistic given that it barely expands our knowledge of his pre-F1 career. Less than a dozen pages of the book cover his pre-F1 career (karting, Formula Renault, Formula 3 and GP2), which is certainly a very breathless presentation of an impressive pathway to F1.
And with it being an unauthorised biography – and there’s a smattering of them published during Hamilton’s first two years in F1 – there’s no direct contact with Hamilton himself, or anyone close to him.
That’s not to say that this is a poorly-written book, it’s just that there’s no depth to it at all and no new material that’s been included. His maiden season, a podium on debut, the maiden win in Canada, ‘Spygate’ – it’s all been done to death, and frankly, much better.
The last chapter – imaginatively titled ‘Crystal Ball’ – tips Alonso to win the title!
It’s not like Rogers hasn’t written about F1 before – he actually wrote a very good book on Renault’s 20 years in the sport – but this is so unoriginal, and it just smacks of wanting to make a quick buck.
A great shame indeed.
Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Lewis Hamilton – The Story So Far…
OUT OF A POSSIBLE 5.
Lewis Hamilton – The Story So Far is available at specialist bookstores and at Amazon, although it is frankly best avoided…
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