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10 September 1961: at the boomerang-shaped racetrack at Monza half a dozen teams are preparing for the Italian Grand Prix. It is the biggest race anyone can remember. Phil Hill - the first American to break into the top ranks of European racing - and his Ferrari teammate, Count Wolfgang von Trips - a German nobleman with a movie-star manner - face one another in a race that will decide the winner of the Formula One drivers' championship. By the day's end, one man will clinch that prize. The other will perish face down on the track. Seeped in danger, seductive glamour and burning rivalry, this is the story of two young men living in the shadow of oblivion and dicing with death.
This book provides the history of Grand Prix racing, from the early days of the motor car, and the start of the World Drivers' Championship, up-to the 2008 season. An A to Z guide to the constructors, it looks at the teams and supertechnology that drive Formula One. It provides profiles on the legendary drivers, including Juan Manuel Fangio, Enzo Ferrari, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Mika Hakkinen, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. It is an up-to-date guide to the World Championship Grand Prix circuits, with annotated track plans. It provides a complete statistical record of the Formula One Drivers' and Constructors' Championships with driver and team performances from 1950 to the present day. The most prestigious motor-racing sport is brought to life in this fully illustrated guide to Formula One. Written by an expert and enthusiast who still retains his love of the sport, it is packed with inside knowledge and up-to-the-minute information. The book opens with an account of every decade from the early years of Grand Prix competition to the Formula One championships of the present day. Two A-Z guides of past and current teams and drivers include everyone from heroes to bit-part players. Racetracks are also featured, with details of their history, design and development. An overview of driver and team statistics completes this guide to the fastest sport in the world.
Formula One has been endangering the lives of its drivers, thrilling its fans since its inaugural season of 1950. Charles Jennings tells the fast and dangerous story of motor sport's premier competition. He explores the lost world of the 1950s racetrack, the irresistible rise of British constructors in the 1960s, the impact of technological changes from the late 1970s, the advent of the high-profile team boss in the 1980s and the revolution wrought on the sport by computers in the 1990s. Throughout, he offers memorable profiles of the drivers who have risked life and limb on circuits from Monte Carlo to Monza: the ebullient Stirling Moss, the champagne-gargling James Hunt, the cerebral Prost and the mercurial Senna (whose combined brilliance was exceeded only by their mutual loathing), the adenoidal Nigel Mansell, the metronomic Michael Schumacher, the precocious Lewis Hamilton and the reborn Jenson Button. Burning Rubber offers a white-knuckle drive through the bends, straights, chicanes and pit stops of Formula One's chequered history.
A surreal tale of a poverty-stricken Dundalk kid's rise to become the only racing driver the great Ayrton Senna ever feared - and how it all went wrong from there. It's raw, passionate, and - with Byrne's ability to tell it like it is - not for the faint-hearted.
No driver has ever made such an instant impact on the sport of F1 racing as Lewis Hamilton. The first black grand prix driver, his astonishing level of success in his rookie season together with his swash-buckling, attacking style has created a sensation. It has also been a central factor in the most exciting and controversial season of F1 in living memory as Hamilton was involved in a three-way fight for the world crown. Industrial espionage, claims of team favouritism and some stunning on-track action have peppered Hamilton's first season in the sport's top category. Here is the in-depth story of this phenomenon - from his upbringing on a Stevenage council estate to the day he first sat in a kart as a seven-year-old to his sensational challenge on the world title. Friends, colleagues, team-mates, rivals, chaperones and engineers who have worked with him here give some remarkable insights into Lewis the man and the driver, as well as into the close but complex relationship with father Anthony, the man who has largely steered his career. In the process, we see how F1 success has changed this young man's life in a very short space of time.
This book is the biography of Cliff Allison, who started motor racing over fifty years ago with a little Cooper 500. Very much a countryman at heart, Allison was not one of the party-going racing drivers, but a driver with a huge ambition to race in Formula 1. He and Graham Hill competed in the first Grand Prix race for Colin Chapman's Lotus team in 1958, and scored the first World Championship points for Lotus. He later joined Ferrari, winning the Argentinian 1000km sports car race with American co-driver Phil Hill, as well as being a member of the Ferrari Grand Prix team in 1959 and 1960. Cliff Allison can also claim victories in many sports car events including winning the Index of Performance at Le Mans in 1957 with a 750cc Lotus Eleven-Climax. He retired from racing following an accident driving a Lotus-Climax in practice for the Belgian GP at Spa in 1961.
After 20 years of glorious 'failure', the best-loved team in Formula One is consigned to the history books, and it deserves one of its own. Minardi had a successful time in Formula Two until the tiny Italian outfit was ready to hit the big time in 1985. It somehow survived in F1's shark-infested waters as bigger teams (Lotus, Arrows, Tyrrell) were dragged under. They have a truly international fan-base and are the 'second team' of most F1 devotees. Minardi is held in such affection as everyone loves the plucky underdog - Minardi's annual budget would have lasted one month at the other Italian team up the road. Yet, from its plant in Faenza near Bologna, Minardi has produced cars that qualify, sometimes score points and often lead the way in their technology. Gian Carlo Minardi also developed a reputation as a fabulous talent-spotter - Fisichella, Trulli, Webber and the youngest ever World Champion Alonso all started their F1 careers with Minardi. For the last five years, Minardi was owned by controversial Australian tycoon Paul Stoddart. Cast as David against the Goliath of F1's governing body, Stoddart constantly hit the headlines as he tried to get a more equal share of the sport's billions. Ultimately, he failed and Red Bull has now bought the team. Despite a petition of 15,000 names, the Minardi name has vanished from the F1 grid and true motorheads miss it. This is the one and only inside account, with exclusive, comprehensive interviews with bosses, drivers and engineers. 140 unique photos complete this revalationary tale.
Small, unfashionable, short of money and the last of their kind to become a force in Grand Prix racing. The story of Toleman is not only fascinating and improbable - it has never been told before. This was the team that took Ayrton Senna into Formula 1, to which he responded by creating a masterpiece of movement at Monaco. It is still talked about. This was the team that launched Derek Warwick, one of the most popular and accomplished men in British motor sport. This was the team that brought Rory Byrne, Ferrari's design genius, to sudden prominence. This was the team that enabled Pat Symonds, Renault's race tactician, to construct his career. And this is the whole story. Lavishly illustrated, the book retraces the narrative from the very beginning and covers the dramas, heartbreaks and triumphs of each racing season in detail. It is full of poignant memories never published before, as well as hilarious anecdotes and penetrating insights.
It has taken 15 years of relentless persuasion to convince Tony Brooks that he should write his autobiography. In the 1950s he revealed himself to be one of Britain's foremost grand prix drivers, yet throughout his career he shunned publicity, preferring to let his on-track performances speak for themselves. This is why Sir Stirling Moss, on many occasions his team-mate in Formula One and sports car races, has described him as "the greatest 'little known' driver of all time."His motor racing career began at Goodwood in 1952 at the wheel of his mother's Healey Silverstone sports car. Three years later, having never previously sat in a Formula One car, he drove a Connaught to victory in the Syracuse Grand Prix, beating the entire Maserati works team at a time when the Italians dominated the sport; it was the first GP victory for a British car and driver for 31 years.Tony's unique combination of speed and smoothness, which has inspired his choice of "Poetry in Motion" as the title of his book, was to lead to works drives with Aston Martin, BRM, Vanwall and Ferrari, bringing him Grand Prix and sports car victories on Europe's three most challenging circuits ? Spa-Francorchamps, the Nurburgring and Monza. Through his extensive autobiography, he explores in great detail the fundamental differences between the hazardous sport of motor racing in his day with the safety and electronically aided business environment in which Formula One operates today. From an era when death on the track was all too commonplace, he survived two major accidents to complete a career trilogy embracing dentistry, motor racing and the motor business. Now retired, he retains strong links with the sport and is frequently to be seen at major events which honour the history of the sport and its participants.
If you want a heated debate among motor racing enthusiasts, then just throw into the conversation the name of the Formula 1 driver you think is the best the sport has ever seen, and watch the sparks fly. Well, to fuel the fires of disagreement further, legendary F1 journalist Alan Henry now reveals his top 100 Grand Prix drivers of all time. Although skills behind the wheel and the resultant success are obviously notable factors, Henry gives his subjects a much more rigorous assessment. He also considers the qualities of dignity, tenacity and the ability of a driver to inspire the team around him - basically every part of the complex mix which goes into making a truly great practitioner of motor racing's most senior category. But who will make it into that coveted number one spot proffered by one of the sport's most respected authorities? Whether they agree with his choice or not, there will be motor racing fans across the world waiting to find out ...
This is the Formula 1 yearbook, a magnificently produced photographic review of the entire World Championship season, combined with detailed reports and analyses of each of the 18 Grand Prix races around the world, from Australia in March to Brazil in November. For each race a four-page spread shows the starting line-up, retirements, fastest laps, a detailed account of the race, and of course the result, together with a description of the circuit, the weather conditions on the day of the race, and the particular issues and talking points which dominated discussion at the time. Again the 2008 edition will have two pages of colour photos of the most important facts of each race. Then there are chapters on the key issues of the season, lavishly illustrated with photographs.
The voice of motor racing and much loved public figure - and the man responsible for introducing millions of viewers to the previously inaccessible world of Formula 1 - tells the story of his incident-packed life, with a brand new chapter on his globetrotting adventures since retirement. Murray Walker is a national treasure. When the man who made famous the catch phrase 'Unless I'm very much mistaken... I AM very much mistaken!!!' announced that he was retiring as ITV's Grand Prix commentator, the media reacted as if the sport itself was losing one of its biggest stars. His reputation for mistakes was the making of Walker. He was the fan who happened to be given the keys to the commentary box - and never wanted to give them back. His high-octane delivery kept viewers on the edge of their seats, while his passion for talking about the sport he loved was matched by an all-encompassing knowledge gained through hours of painstaking research before every race. In his book he writes about his childhood and the influence that his father, British motorcycle champion Graham Walker, had on his career. Failing to match his father's achievements on the track after active service in World War II, he made a successful career for himself in advertising which catapulted him to the top of his profession. An offer from the BBC to take over the commentary seat for their F1 broadcasts was too good to turn down, and it wasn't long before the infamous 'Murrayisms' enlivened a sport which until then had been shrouded in a cloak of unfathomable technical jargon and mind-numbing statistics. He also talks about the biggest changes in the sport over the last 50 years, in particular the safety issues which came to the fore after the tragic death of Ayrton Senna, which he witnessed first hand. His partnership with James Hunt behind the microphone is the subject of some hilarious anecdotes, while his views on drivers past and present such as Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher make for fascinating reading.
'Thoroughly gripping...a fitting tribute' Justin Marozzi, Sunday Times Niki Lauda was one of the greatest stars in motor racing - a superb driver on the track and a much-loved personality off it. From his famous rivalry with James Hunt in 1976, as depicted in the film Rush, to working with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, his career helped define modern Formula One. Six weeks after the 1976 crash at the notorious Nurburgring that left him burned and receiving the last rites while obituaries were written, Niki Lauda stepped back into his Ferrari at Monza to defend his first World Champion title. Jackie Stewart called it 'the most courageous thing I have ever witnessed in sport'. Lauda and Hunt were playing cat-and-mouse for the championship. At the final race of the season in Japan, the weather was appalling and conditions treacherous. Lauda had a narrow lead and an agonising decision to make - high-speed drama at its best. Following his extraordinary recovery from the accident, Lauda won the title in 1977 and again, following a return from retirement, in 1984 with McLaren. When he eventually hung up his helmet for good, he started his own airline and had to deal with the horrendous aftermath when one of his aircraft crashed, killing all 223 on board. He later returned to the sport in various management roles and successfully persuaded Lewis Hamilton to join Mercedes. Maurice Hamilton first came across Lauda in 1971 and in this definitive biography tells his remarkable story. Based on interviews with friends, family, rival drivers and colleagues, it is a superb tribute to a brave, supremely talented and much-missed star of Formula One.
Ever since its creation in 1997, the Historical Monaco Grand Prix has firmly established itself as one of the leading events in the world of antique car racing. Designed to celebrate the bygone golden years of car making, this race unlike any other takes place every other year and is organized by the Automobile Club de Monaco. Only cars manufactured between 1 927 and 1 967 are allowed to enter. Whether driven by professionals or amateurs, over 200 hundred gems (Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, Maserati, Bugatti, Lotus...) will compete on the very same grounds as the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. Renowned photographer Giacomo Bretzel has carefully selected 40 images taken during previous editions, each of them conj ring up all the magic and excitement and glamour of prestige car racing. A unique insight into a legendary race, enhanced by the talent and vision of one of today's best photographers.
He is the man who created modern-day Formula One. He is both feared and admired for the way in which he masterminded its transformation from an amateur sport of the 1950s into a global billion dollar industry of the 21st century. And now, with his fortune, influence, and power, Bernie Ecclestone has moved into the world of soccer with Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore to turn Queen's Park Rangers, a struggling west London club, into a serious rival to the capital's glamour club, Chelsea. Overnight, QPR has access to more wealth than Real Madrid, able to compete with the financial backing of Roman Abramovich, Chelsea's Russian billionaire owner. But what makes Bernie run? What lies behind the grim, poker-face of this deal-maker extraordinaire, who, for nearly 40 years, has ruthlessly exploited and dominated Formula One? To many he became the savior of the sport, but there have also been many who have suffered at this hands--the weak and the gullible, the politically naive and unsuspecting. They have a different story to tell. Revealing the unbridled avarice, callousness, and corruption behind the hype of Formula One, this book also shows the warts-and-all character of the man who is now setting his sights on a sport no less decadent.
Formula One is speed, glamour, danger - and eye-watering wealth. Driven: The Men Who Made Formula One tells how a small group of extraordinary men transformed Formula One from a niche sport played out on primitive tracks surrounded by hay bales and grass verges into a GBP1 billion circus performing in vast theatres of entertainment all over the world. Led by Bernie Ecclestone, the billionaire ringmaster, this clique started by scraping a living to go racing and ended up creating space-age cars, turning drivers from amateur gladiators into multimillion-pound superstars, like Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton, while the names of Ferrari, McLaren and Williams are now as familiar around the world as Manchester United or Real Madrid. For 20 years, Kevin Eason watched how these men operated like a sporting Mafia, protecting each other while squabbling over the vast wealth pouring into the sport. As motor racing correspondent for The Times and then with The Sunday Times, Eason was privileged to have a ringside seat as this cabal of wealthy characters ruled and then were pushed out of the sport they created. This colourful and compelling account of the extraordinary flourishing of Formula One explores the quirks and extravagances of the men who converged - in one generation - to shape their sport; disparate characters with a common impulse: they were racers - and they were driven.
Senna began his motorsport career in karting, moved up to open-wheel racing in 1981, and won the 1983 British Formula Three Championship. In 1988, he joined Frenchman Alain Prost at McLaren-Honda. Between them, they won all but one of the 16 Grands Prix that year, and Senna claimed his first World Championship. Prost claimed the championship in 1989, and Senna his second and third championships in 1990 and 1991. In 1992, the Williams-Renault combination began to dominate Formula One. Senna nonetheless managed to finish the 1993 season as runner-up, winning five races and negotiating a move to Williams in 1994. Senna has often been voted as the best and most influential Formula One driver of all time in various motorsport polls. He was also acclaimed for his wet weather performances, such as the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix, and the 1993 European Grand Prix. He holds a record six victories at the Monaco Grand Prix, and is the fifth-most successful driver of all time in terms of race wins. Senna courted controversy throughout his career, particularly during his turbulent rivalry with Prost. This is his incredible story.
An exhilarating collection of photographs that perfectly capture the essence of the world's most celebrated motor race; transports you to the side of the track, you can feel the speed on every page! Formula 1 is a tribute to the work of the extremely talented Grand Prix photographer Miquel Liso. The Spaniard's pictures tell enigmatic stories, employing unusual perspectives and contrasts, bringing each spectacular image to life. Liso's apparent gift of being in the right place at the right time has resulted in some truly evocative photographs which highlight the spirit needed to race in the Grand Prix. The state of the art machines and their drivers have been captured in this stunning and unique collection, celebrating the most popular motor sport in the world.
Bernie Ecclestone described Formula One as "the most thrilling show
on earth," and he couldn't be more right. The excitement, the
drama, the suspense of race day--indescribable. And the spectrum of
dare-devil heroes emerging out from the heat of the track ranges
from the charismatic maturity of Juan Manuel Fangio to the
impetuous youthfulness of Sebastian Vettel.
Jake Humphrey has one of the best jobs in the world. Flying around the world presenting Formula One to six million people is not a bad occupation. And there is plenty that the viewer doesn't get to see, quite a lot of it rather surprising too. Travelling around the globe in the F1 bubble, Jake brings you close to the action. With his unique access to the key characters in the sport, he reveals a side of figures such as Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton rarely seen before, as well as showing what it is like to work with F1 legends David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan. From techie heaven driving the Red Bull simulator to witnessing moments of great sporting triumph, Humphrey takes the reader behind the scenes in the paddock to unveil the changing face of F1, as well as recounting the pitfalls faced by a TV presenter permanently walking the tightrope of public humiliation.
Formula 1's heritage in the United States is significant and the future bodes well for future races. Through this book, enthusiasts are offered a valuable look into the history of American drivers in Formula 1. It recounts the history of Americans in the Formula 1 World Championship, and offers a detailed review of the drivers, teams, constructors and tracks involved. It is illustrated with the superb photographic work of the Cahier family (Bernard and son Paul-Henri), and others. Whether on a coffee table or prized amongst a bookshelf, this historical collector's piece will make the perfect statement for any Formula 1 aficionado. Mario Andretti introduces the book and reminds readers of the bridge that exists between America and Europe, as well as its importance to his own career.
Darren Heath has been photographing Formula 1 for over 25 years. For 21 of these years he has worked freelance, and this has given him a unique perspective on the complex and exciting world of Formula 1. Darren Heath's photography in Art Of The Race encapsulates the very essence of the speed, noise, excitement and colour of Formula 1 racing, whilst also highlighting the key moments of each race as the season unfolds, culminating in Nico Rosberg winning his first and last F1 title.
Morecambe and Wise, Herbert and Hill. The history of entertainment is studded with brilliant comic duos. Johnny Herbert and Damon Hill between them competed in 261 Grands Prix, amassing twenty-five wins, forty-nine podium finishes, one World Championship, 458 championship points, a Le Mans win, two smashed ankles, a broken arm, wrist and leg, sixty broken ribs, and two bruised egos. Having retired from racing, Johnny and Damon have become the one constant for passionate English F1 fans in a rapidly changing landscape. They have earned cult status as commentators and pundits, with viewers loving their unerring dedication to the sport's greatness. Drawing on a lifetime of sniffing petrol fumes, Lights Out, Full Throttle stands large over the landscape of Formula One and takes the temperature of the good, the bad and the ugly of the petrolhead's paradise. It offers F1 fans a tour of the sport - from Monaco to Silverstone; Johnny's crowd surfing and Bernie's burger bar; the genius of Adrian Newey and Colin Chapman; why Lewis Hamilton will never, ever move to Ferrari (probably); getting the yips; money; safety; what it's like to have an out-of-body experience while driving a car in the pouring rain at 200 mph; and the future of the sport in the wake of Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter. Whether you're a fan of Nigel, Niki, Kimi or Britney, pine for the glory days of Brabham, Williams, Jim Clark and Fangio, or believe that Lewis is one year away from retiring as the GOAT, Lights Out, Full Throttle is the oily rag for the petrolhead fan to inhale while waiting for the racers to line up on the grid.
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