Best Formula 1 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)
|1.||Grand Prix: Fascination Formula 1||Rainer Schlegelmilch, Hartmut Lehbrink||Könemann|
|=2||Grand Prix de Monaco||Rainer Schlegelmilch, Hartmut Lehbrink||Könemann|
|=2||50 Years of Formula 1 Photography||Rainer Schlegelmilch||Könemann|
|3.||McLaren – The Cars 1964-2008||William Taylor||Coterie Press|
|4.||Ferrari Formula 1||Rainer Schlegelmilch, Hartmut Lehbrink||Könemann|
|5.||The Complete Book of Formula One||Simon Arron, Mark Hughes||Motorbooks International|
|6.||Memories of Ayrton||Christopher Hilton||Haynes Publishing|
|7.||The Jack Brabham Story||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||Rainer Schlegelmilch, Paul Parker||Haynes Publishing|
|9.||Colin Chapman – Inside the Innovator||Doug Nye||Haynes Publishing|
|10.||Monaco Grand Prix||Michael Hewett||Haynes Publishing|
There are quite a few other books that deserve mentioning (click link to read full reviews):
Chris Nixon’s super comprehensive history of Mercedes pre-F1 grand prix racing in “Racing the Silver Arrows“
William Taylor’s “Lotus the Cars” is a superb collectors book and Stuart Codling’s “The Art of the Formula 1 Race Car” is also a great close up photo book of some classic F1 cars.
After I’ve finished posting reviews of the first 100-200 books, I’ll probably look at revising this list.