Key Summary the front cover of formula 1 the official history

Welcome to my review of Formula 1: The Official History by Maurice Hamilton. Formula 1: The Official History is published in hardback by Welbeck and is out now. This is a fantastic account of the sport through the decades because it covers all seven decades from the start of the sport to the present day. Featuring all the major characters and a wealth of fantastic photography it’s an essential book for any fan.

My Review of Formula 1: The Official History 

I first became interested in F1 by accident. Whilst checking out of my hotel in Rome, the heavens opened with a torrential downpour. Rather than continue with my plan to wait outside for my taxi, I squeezed onto a sofa in reception along with all the hotel staff. They were mesmerised watching F1 and within half a dozen laps so was I. F1 is a sport unlike any other; the speed, the skill, the precision, the thrill.

a double page spread from inside the book showing a photograph of a pit stop.Formula 1: The Official History offers a fantastic account of the sport. It’s split into seven decades and each has it’s own focus. After the introduction by Ross Brawn, we have: 50s A Right Royal Occasion, 60s Lotus Blossoms, 70s On A Wing and A Prayer, 80s The Man in the White Suit, 90s Changing of the Guard, 00s In Excess, 10s The Cost of Winning. I particularly enjoyed learning about the sport before my time and getting to know the famous drivers and cars a bit better.

This is a richly illustrated volume with a wide variety of photographic styles. They are also in various sizes, some double page and some smaller accompanied by text. This gives it an exciting feel because there isn’t too much continuous text and the printing production values are very high. There are few  books charting the history of F1 and none so comprehensively. Therefore, this is in my opinion a cut above and I recommend it to anyone interested in the sport.

Cover Blurb for Formula 1: The Official History

an official promo shot from publisher Welbeck. It shows two copies, one closed with the front cover showing and one open showing a photo of racing driver on one page and text and more photograph on the other.
Official promotional image from publisher Welbeck

Formula 1: The Official History is an electrifying account of the F1 phenomenon, telling the complete story of one of the world’s most popular, thrilling, and glamorous sports. Bringing together a superbly written account of the history of the sport by acclaimed author Maurice Hamilton, and an exceptional selection of stunning images from across seven decades of F1 racing, the book charts the FIA Formula One World Championship, decade by decade, from its first race at Silverstone in May 1950 right through to the present day.

Each chapter tells the fascinating stories behind the greatest drivers and teams, important personnel, famous and infamous incidents, as well as key changes to the rules on design, safety and competitiveness. These tales are accompanied by more than 250 exceptional photographs featuring icons past and present, including Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. Accessible and entertaining for any F1 fan, and with a foreword by Ross Brawn, Managing Director of the FIA Formula One World Championship, this is the definitive visual history of the sport.

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