FORMULA 1 ALL THE RACES
The world Championship Story Race by Race 1950-2015
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.