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Best Formula 1 Books

Best F1 books

Looking for some good F1 books to read?

Here’s my current list of the best Formula 1 racing books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I will tweak the list from time to time – at the moment the Top 10 includes many Rainer Schlegelmilch books because they are so good. The first 5 books make the list just based on the detail and the amount of work that would have been spent into making them.

My basic criteria for this list is the quality of the photography, degree of research, number of pages, book layout and presentation. Most of these are large heavy hardcover books.

I have to admit I have a personal preference for color photobooks but that isn’t to say that there aren’t great B&W grand prix books around (e.g. Chris Nixon’s excellent Auto Union Album 1934-1939).

To balance this list, check my other book lists (best Senna books, best Ferrari books and best team books). I will slowly get around to posting reviews of all the books and will update them with working links.

F1-nut.com Recommended Formula 1 books (click links to read book review)

  Title Author(s) Publisher
1. Grand Prix: Fascination Formula 1

Fascination Formula 1 book cover

Rainer Schlegelmilch, Hartmut Lehbrink Könemann
=2 Grand Prix de Monaco

Grand Prix de Monaco book cover

Rainer Schlegelmilch, Hartmut Lehbrink Könemann
=2 50 Years of Formula 1 Photography

schlegelmilch 50 years F1 book cover

Rainer Schlegelmilch Könemann
3. McLaren – The Cars 1964-2008

McLaren - The Cars 1964-2008 Book Cover

William Taylor Coterie Press
4. Ferrari Formula 1

Ferrari Formula 1 Schlegelmilch book cover

Rainer Schlegelmilch, Hartmut Lehbrink Könemann
5. The Complete Book of Formula One

complete book of formula one book cover

Simon Arron, Mark Hughes Motorbooks International
6. Memories of Ayrton

Memories of Ayrton book cover

Christopher Hilton Haynes Publishing
7. The Jack Brabham Story

The Jack Brabham Story book cover

Sir Jack Brabham, Doug Nye Minidi
8. Formula 1 in Camera Series: Formula 1 in Camera 1960-1969, Formula 1 in Camera 1970-79 and Formula 1 in Camera 1980-1989

Formula 1 in Camera 1960-69 book cover

Formula 1 in Camera 1980-89 book cover

Formula 1 in Camera 1970s book cover

Rainer Schlegelmilch, Paul Parker Haynes Publishing
9. Colin Chapman – Inside the Innovator Doug Nye Haynes Publishing
10. Monaco Grand Prix

monaco grand prix book cover

Michael Hewett Haynes Publishing

There are quite a few other books that deserve an honorable mention like Chris Nixon’s “Racing the Silver Arrows“, William Taylor’s “Lotus the Cars” and Stuart Codling’s “The Art of the Formula 1 Race Car“. Maybe after I’ve finished proper reviews of the first 100-200 books, I will look at revising this list.