What can I say about this book? Perhaps the author had a spare couple of minutes and decided to run off a history of F1. It's difficult to see who this book will appeal to: Casual observers of the sport are unlikely to shell out twenty pounds or thereabouts, and the more committed fan will simply be appalled by the endless inaccuracies and unforgiveable spelling and factual errors.
It's probably the errors which rankle the most. Rendall continually refers to triple world-champion team Tyrrell as Tyrell. Carlos Reutemann, a World title runner-up, is referred to as Reuterman. Fangio's legendary 1957 Nurburgring performance is recounted well, but latterly referred to as having happened in 1958. Double World Champion Jim Clark was apparently born in Dundee, Fife, Scotland. For a start Dundee isn't even in Fife, and anyway Clark was born 100 miles away in Duns, a small Scottish Borders town. We are told that a picture of James Hunt in a Hesketh is actually Ronnie Peterson in a Tyrrell. There are many, many more. Throughout, he refers to the British garagiste teams of the post-front engined era as KitCar teams. In more than twenty years of follwing F1 and reading books and magazines on the subject, I have never heard this phrase used, yet Rendall seems to feel that everyone in the sport uses the term.
His writing style is to simply skim the surface. Whole seasons of fifteen or so races are recounted in a couple of paragraphs. Drivers he has never mentioned in the context of the season concerned win Championships. This is not a low budget tome. It is expensively and glossily produced, and it's price tag reflects this. It is however, truly awful. Badly written, badly edited and the fact checkers were obviously on strike. Avoid like the plague.