Formula One Uncovered, by Derek Allsop
Paperback, © 1999 Headline Books, ISBN 9780747261544

Formula One UncoveredDerek Allsop provides us with a fantastic insight into the paddock of the 1998 championship season in his book Formula One Uncovered.

Sadly, the book kicks off at the start of the European leg of the season so we miss the opening at Australia as well as the Brazilian, Argentine and Canadian Grand Prix.

Allsop follows the championship through most of the 1998 season, as well as gaining some open interviews with some of the drivers and the men and women behind the scenes of the world’s most exclusive sport. Ron Dennis, Eddie Irvine and Damon Hill are just some of the characters who open up and provide us with an understanding of the tactics that teams attempt to use in their races as well as the pit lane politics that are always occurring.

By being incredibly detailed in his book, from describing a near perfect picture of each race event, to letting us know what the drivers have for breakfast or dinner, Allsop captures the readers interest early on in the book and maintains it with 342 pages full of Formula One information.

One aspect of the book I found to be a great touch was the Drivers’ and Team Managers’ Briefing. This is at the end of the book after the complete results of the 98 season and goes through the rules and guidelines explained by Charlie Whiting for the Italian Grand Prix.

While reading this book, you feel like you’re in attendance at each race, with Allsop not forgetting to mention any important guests to arrive at certain teams, making it just that little bit more exciting to read.

The book is slightly spoiled by eight pages of photo’s right in the centre of the book. Don’t be mistaken the photos aren’t bad, but the positioning is right between an interview from Benetton Team Principal, David Richards. This small criticism shouldn’t lead you away from an otherwise great book that’s suitable for the casual viewer or the collection of a fanatical fan.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Formula One Uncovered…


Today’s review was written by Melbourne-based reader Josh Kruse, who has joined the team as a guest product reviewer. If you would be interested in learning more about becoming a product reviewer, click here.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.