This book provides the history of Grand Prix racing, from the early days of the motor car, and the start of the World Drivers' Championship, up-to the 2008 season. An A to Z guide to the constructors, it looks at the teams and supertechnology that drive Formula One. It provides profiles on the legendary drivers, including Juan Manuel Fangio, Enzo Ferrari, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Mika Hakkinen, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. It is an up-to-date guide to the World Championship Grand Prix circuits, with annotated track plans. It provides a complete statistical record of the Formula One Drivers' and Constructors' Championships with driver and team performances from 1950 to the present day. The most prestigious motor-racing sport is brought to life in this fully illustrated guide to Formula One. Written by an expert and enthusiast who still retains his love of the sport, it is packed with inside knowledge and up-to-the-minute information.
The book opens with an account of every decade from the early years of Grand Prix competition to the Formula One championships of the present day. Two A-Z guides of past and current teams and drivers include everyone from heroes to bit-part players. Racetracks are also featured, with details of their history, design and development. An overview of driver and team statistics completes this guide to the fastest sport in the world.
Mark Hughes began his career at Motoring News, where he worked for five years, becoming International Racing Editor. He went freelance in 1996 and was commissioned by Autosport to be its Grand Prix Editor at Large. His insights into racing have been honed on the track, including the 1994 season racing for Nigel Mansell's TVR Tuscan team. He has also test-driven Formula One cars for March, Arrows and Williams.