The world Cham­pi­onship Story Race by Race 1950-2015

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Roger Smith Evro Pub­lish­ing RRP: £50

One for the anoraks this. Those with the pre­vi­ous two edi­tions will prob­a­bly be fa­mil­iar with the idea, which is to cover ev­ery round of the For­mula 1 World Cham­pi­onship (in­clud­ing the 1950-1960 Indy 500s and the F2 era of 1952-53).

Each of the 935 races held up to the end of 2015 has a brief sum­mary, plus top six re­sults, which in­clude grid po­si­tions, num­ber of pit­stops and tyres used. There are also sea­son over­views, which grow larger to­wards the present, and over 200 fine il­lus­tra­tions from Alain Bau­douin.

This book does not give deep anal­y­sis of the races or be­hind-the-scenes in­sights (although Smith isn’t afraid to ex­press his opin­ion), but that’s not the aim. It pro­vides a brief flavour of each event, ideal for jog­ging the mem­ory or a start­ing point for fur­ther read­ing. At nearly 700 pages, filled with ta­bles and lists, this is a book to dip into rather than read from cover to cover. Nev­er­the­less, it’s cer­tainly a wor­thy ad­di­tion to any ref­er­ence li­brary and we ap­plaud the added bonus of the list of non-cham­pi­onship F1 races be­tween 1946 and the 1983 Race of Cham­pi­ons at Brands Hatch.

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