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Formula One: The Pinnacle: The pivotal events that made F1 the greatest motorsport series (3)

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Along with changes to circuits and the technology of the cars, this book highlights the commercial changes and the controversies that threatened to split the sport apart - such as the threat of breakaway series proposed at various times by teams. Technical changes aimed at levelling the playing field for the teams combined with the sport's tightening budget cap have made the races closer than ever. With a foreword by Guenther Steiner - Team Principal of the Haas Formula One Team, Formula 1: The Pinnacle tracks a history of the changes which have taken F1 from its rudimentary beginnings to the exhilarating high octane spectacle it is today.

By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Heavy for its size, tightly bound, attractively dustjacketed and with its 240 glossy pages filled with crisp, stunningly sharp photos and right-sized text, the volume exudes quality, even to that wonderful “new book” smell.However, there was a period - the Golden Age of American racing - when Millers and Duesenbergs were better engineered, faster, and better built than contemporary European racing cars. Watercraft and aircraft should probably be excluded as well, but that hasn't stopped comparisons from happening anyway; Tazio Nuvolari once raced against a Caproni biplane in his Alfa Romeo 8C around a track in 1931. The book will link technical progress with the personalities involved, indeed many of the swiftest changes have come about as a result of accidents or tragedies - the death of Roland Ratzenberger at Imola in 1994, the same weekend as Ayrton Senna, could have been avoided by the HANS safety device. While most of the material that it presents is just a few keystrokes away for those so inclined, this fine volume embodies a traditional presentation that truly does the subject proud.

The series’ signature race is the Le Mans 24 Hours, held annually at the Circuit de la Sarthe in France. Guenther Steiner is a motorsport engineer and team manager who is the current team principal of the Haas Formula One Team, and the previous managing director of Jaguar Racing and technical operations director of its subsequent incarnation, Red Bull Racing.Technical changes aimed at levelling the playing field for the teams combined with the sport’s tightening budget cap have made the races closer than ever . Guenther Steiner is a motorsport engineer and team manager who is the current team principal of the Haas Formula One Team, and the previous managing director of Jaguar Racing and technical operations director of its subsequent incarnation, Red Bull Racing. However the creation of the rival Indy Racing League in 1996 created a split which badly damaged the championship. Compiled and written by the excellent Simon Arron and Tony Dodgins, ‘F1: The Pinnacle’ is structured around pivotal events throughout F1’s history each largely captured through a lushly illustrated double-page spread and some well-chosen text. I infrequently watch Formula 1 or follow the rankings, but I always wanted to learn more about the history of the sport itself.

It attracted huge international attention as Formula 1 champions including Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi and Mario Andretti competed in it. The book begins, obviously enough, with the dawn of modern F1 racing, in 1950, all sketched out on one single page and then moves forward to 1957 and then 1958, again with one page each, before skipping forward to 1968 and then 1973. Benefiting from not being an official F1 publication, the book is able to dive into rarely charted coffee-table topics – controversies, commercials and Herman ‘the hairpin’ Tilke.Along with changes to circuits and the technology of the cars, this book highlights the commercial changes and the controversies that threatened to split the sport apart - such as the threat of breakaway series proposed at various times by teams. Topics range from memorable Formula 1 events, to technologies and their impacts, to rivalries in the sport. With its topics structured in the form of two-to-four-page vignettes with easy-to-read, relevant text, and amazing, full-color, well-captioned photos, many of them full- or two-page spreads, “Formula 1” gives the reader the historical, technical, personal and commercial story of the sport in bite-sized pieces that, in toto, amount to as good an overall treatment of the subject as I’ve seen. naturally aspirated engines), late 1960s and early 1970s (Can-Am and sportscar racing were both more spectacular than F1 at around this time, and it is no coincidence that Le Mans was filmed in 1970), to name a few time periods.

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