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Daily Telegraph Book of Formula One [Hardcover]

Martin Smith
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15 Oct 2009 Daily Telegraph

Formula One – the great global soap opera. It unites the favelas of Brazil with the nerve-centre of the motorsport industry around Silverstone, taking in Bahrain, Melbourne, Suzuka, Shanghai and Monaco, and bringing a dash of colour and glamour to its millions of fans wherever it goes.
Since the first official championship in 1950, Formula One has served up more than its fair share of danger and excitement, thrills and spills, courage and tragedy, shunts and feuds – not to mention endless sprays of Champagne.
From the begoggled, oil-splattered young men with a life expectancy measured in laps rather than years of the sport’s early days, to the multi-millionaire drivers of today with their playboy lifestyles and ultra-safe machines, the Daily Telegraph has followed this four-wheeled travelling circus through glory, scandal, defeat and disaster.
Motor-racing correspondents W.A. McKenzie, Colin Dryden, Timothy Collings and Kevin Garside have brought the Grands Prix to life with their incisive reporting.
Outspoken former drivers like James Hunt, Damon Hill and Jackie Stewart have joined forces with their modern-day successors in the cockpit, David Coulthard, Eddie Irvine and Jenson Button, to provide the inside track for Telegraph readers.
And in their own inimitable styles, writers like Sarah Edworthy, Andrew Baker, Sue Mott and Martin Johnson have explored the glitz and grimy reality of life in the pit-lane, captured the view from inside the drivers’ motor homes, and spoken to the men and women who keep the show on the road.
From Juan-Manuel Fangio to Lewis Hamilton, via Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher, Formula One has come a long way in six decades.
Now, through contemporary race reports, interviews and analysis, all laced with the humour and insight for which the Telegraph’s sports writing has become renowned, The Daily Telegraph Book of Formula One replays the evolution of this most colourful and controversial of contests, creating a compendious, high-octane history that no true petrolhead should be without.

Martin Smith was for many years Assistant Sports Editor of The Daily Telegraph.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (15 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845134958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845134952
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 729,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin Smith was assistant sports editor of the Telegraph for many years. He has edited previous Telegraph anthologies for Aurum on the Tour de France, Formula One, Wimbledon, horse racing and cricket letters. He lives in Bedfordshire.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read... 22 Dec 2012
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This is a great trawl through F1 history, it is interesting to see how the reporting of the spectacle that is Grand Prix has grown from small paragraphs to full blown features.

Every major twist and turn is recorded as is the emergence and eventual glories of some of the great champions.

This is a must have book for any fan of the sport, I have only given it four stars however because its one drawback is the paucity of images to compliment the reports, had there been more photos it would have been a five star plus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating journey through F1 history 15 Dec 2009
I'm so pleased to discover this book. It tells 60 years of Formula One history through the contemporary newspaper reports, filed by a succession of the Telegraph's grand prix correspondents and specialists. Events, drivers, dramas, scandals, obituaries, thrills and spills - they're all here, described variously with authority, pathos, appreciation, accuracy and humour. The evolution of reporting style from those commenting on the days of Mike Hawthorn and Stirling Moss through to the modern personal columns penned by Damon Hill and Eddie Irvine and more free-range style of feature writing makes for addictive reading. I couldn't put it down.

Highly recommended. This is a must-have title for all motorsport fans.
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