Book Review: Benetton Formula 1: A Story edited by Pino Allievi

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Title: Benetton Formula 1: A Story
Author: Edited by Pino Avielli
Photography: Various including Benetton archives, Bernard Asset
Publisher: Skira
ISBN: 88-7624-603-7
Year/Edition: 2006
# of pages: 353
Photos: Color
Cover: Hardcover with dustjacket
Size: 28cm (w) x 23cm (L) x 3cm (thick)



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Photography and team interviews

Posted December 1, 2016 by

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Compared to the 80’s, the liveries of the 2016 F1 cars seem all very conservative. In the ‘80s and 90’s it was the Benetton cars (and probably Jordan) that added bold splashes of colour to the grid. “Benetton Formula 1: A Story” is an excellent photo book documenting the team’s racing period from 1983 to 2001 (post acquisition by Renault).

Edited by Pino Allievi, the book is structured into 10 sections:

  • a short foreword by Bernie Ecclestone
  • Q&A interview with Luciano Benetton
  • key team personalities – Alesandro Benetton, Flavio Briatore, Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Davide Paolini, Tom Walkinshaw, Dave Richards and Rocco Benetton
  • Team drivers – commentary of Schumacher, Berger, Alesi, Nannini, Herbert, Piquet years and 2 pages portrait gallery of the other team drivers including Fabi, Patrese, Ghinzani, Pirro, Boutsen, Moreno, Brundle, Lehto, Verstappen, Fisichella, Wurz, Button.
  • Team headquarters at Oxfordshire
  • Innovation with Pat Symonds
  • Communication with Patrizia Spinelli
  • Sponsors
  • Season diary from 1983 to 2001
  • Race results for each season
  • back section with French, Spanish, German and Japanese translations.

Physically, this is a proper thick & heavy hardcover book with decent grade paper arranged in landscape format.

The collection of photos is excellent with lots of varied race photography of the iconic Benetton race winning cars including Michael Schumacher’s  Camel and Mild Seven liveried B192, B193, B194 and B195 cars; Gerhard Berger’s Mexico winning B186; and Piquets patch quilt coloured B190.

Although there have been other cheaper Benetton team books published like “Behind the Scenes with Benetton Formula 1 Racing Team“, this book is the one to include in any F1 history fan’s library. Reading it again now, its easy to forget the achievements f the Benneton team who were a consumer brand marketing company with no real motorsport or engineering business heritage. Benetton were very similar to what Red Bull Racing is today.

Wow Factor/Money Shot: double page spread photos of the Schumacher Benetton B192, B193 & B194; Renault 2001 team photo – young Webber, Alonso & Button

Suitable for: 80’s and 90’s F1 fans

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