Formula 1: The Definitive Visual Guide, by Adam Hay-Nicholls
Hardcover, © 2009 DK Limited, ISBN 9781405346825

imageScan the shelves of most specialist motorsport bookstores and you’re likely to find that most titles will be largely aimed at the devoted motorsport fan.

So what is out there for the younger demographic, the drivers, team managers, mechanics and engineers of Formula 1’s future?

Produced under Formula One Management’s license, The Definitive Visual Guide seeks to tap into that market, with a well-packed – albeit rather pricey – offering. So is it any good?

At almost 200 pages, it’s a solid effort. It’s nicely presented, with details on the drivers, teams, circuits, rules, technology and more. It’s all given in nice bite-sized chunks, and it’s a good introduction to the sport for the younger fan.

Where the book would be even better served would be to give some focus to the pathway into motorsport – what steps should an aspiring driver or engineer take to fast-track their path to the pinnacle of motorsport

Priced at £19.99 when it was first released (or a ridiculous $54.99 if you are in Australia), its not the best value for money, but you should be able to obtain cheaper copies today, particularly online.

If you have a child who’s showing a keen interest in following Formula 1, then this could be a good launching pad for them.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Formula 1: The Definitive Visual Guide


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