Formula 1 is the most exciting and glamorous competition in the world today, and it has remained so for well over 60 years.
As racers and teams have travelled from venue to venue, leaving many tales of heroic exploits, winners and losers, triumph and tragedy.
F1 journalists David Tremayne and Mark Hughes have co-written The Concise Encyclopedia of Formula 1, a well-laid-out look at the drivers, teams, circuits, races, cars and key figures that have made up the amazing tapestry that is Formula 1.
There are a lot of Formula 1 encyclopaedias on the market – some are outstanding (Bruce Jones’ Ultimate Encyclopedia series still remains the benchmark) and some are very ordinary. This one sits roughly in the middle.
Perhaps it’s the ‘Concise’ in the title that’s the problem, although at over 250 pages that in itself is perhaps misleading! The biographies and circuits section are weak points, and much more detail could have been included for truly support calling itself an encyclopedia.
Where the books strengths lie are in the areas it covers that other books in this genre typically avoid. The sections on the closest races in the sport’s history, the most unusual cars to have graced the grid, and the best team-sponsor relationships are well-documented components of this book. It is for these sections that The Concise Encyclopedia of Formula 1 stands out ahead of the pack.
Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award The Concise Encyclopedia of Formula 1…
OUT OF A POSSIBLE FIVE.
The Concise Encyclopedia of Formula 1is available at specialist bookstores and Amazon.
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