Here we go again yet another weekend F1 journalist carrying out his latest assignment, which is a sort of whistle stop tour through F1 history.
Seasoned F1 enthusiasts will gain virtually nothing from this because most if not all the content has been taken from various other F1 titles, The eagle eyed will notice some fairly large chunks of interviews from some well known F1 titles.
The problem with books such as these is that somehow, while being able to state the facts and figures and quote the usual quotes, the soul of F1 is always missing - the soul that real F1 journalists bring like Roebuck and Jenkinson - these guys have been there and seen it all as well as having been both friends and enemies to most of the F1 stars from the last 50 years, and it makes a whole amount of difference. This author is simply going through the motions, and it shows.
As ever with these weekend F1 'experts' there are the usual litany of errors. Appendix I contains some fantastic howlers; here's a selection of drivers and their teams....
Ronnie Peterson 1978 (Ferrari)
Gilles Villeneuve 1979 (Williams)
Nelson Piquet 1980 (Ligier)
Nelson Piquet 1981 (Williams) Alan Jones 1981 (Renault)
Keke Rosberg 1982 (Ferrari) - (This one had me rolling around the floor - thanks Mr Jennings!!)
And it goes on and on......Please, please bring back Roebuck and Jenks!!!!