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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 19 July 2011
Chances are you don't own the 2010 Constructor's Championship winning Red Bull RB-6 which also propelled Sebastian Vettel to become the Driver Champion, but don't let that put you off...

This is the perfect gift for a Formula 1 fan, particularly Red Bull fans of course, and this book contains an incredible amount of detailed facts and figures about an iconic car which was the class of the field during the 2010 season.

It doesn't go into as much low level detail as your average standard Haynes manual, instead this is more of an encyclopaedia about the car and the Red Bull team itself. After a short foreword from Team Boss and Chief Designers Christian Horner and Adrian Newey we get "The Story of Red Bull". This is an interesting section and instead of simply covering a potted history since Red Bull was established, it goes back to the initial origins when Jackie Stewart and his son started the Stewart Team. Fans will know that this eventually became the Jaguar team before transforming into Red Bull Racing, and the journey is told here detailing all the key people and achievements during that transition.

The car is seen from different points of view with sections giving quotes and opinions from the designers, race engineers, and the drivers. Each section has plenty of colour photographs and diagrams showing the car from all angles and explaining the technology behind each part. 2010 will also be remembered for continuing debate on different rear diffuser designs and McLaren's much copied 'F-Duct' - these too are clearly explained but without missing out the interesting aero-dynamic science parts that we F1 fans tend to enjoy reading about.

This probably isn't a book you'll automatically pick up and read cover-to-cover, instead it's a treasury of information perfect for selective reading, a pick-up-and-put-down volume. At first I thought this would only really appeal to a Red Bull fan (and I'm a McLaren man myself) but I was wrong. Regardless of your team allegiances this car deserves recognition and the book covers the technology employed in Formula 1 not just by Red Bull.

In a nutshell: As a Formula 1 fan interested in the minutiae of the sport this was a fantastic read , casual fans too will love the insightful and accessible way the book is presented. This isn't a book just for Red Bull fans, this can be enjoyed by anyone enthralled by the sport and is much more satisfying than the official FIA annual.
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