Top 5 Formula 1 Books
What are the most popular Formula 1 books?
- How to Build a Car
- The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen
- A Different Kind of Life
- Winning is Not Enough
- Murray Walker: Unless I’m Very Much Mistaken
1. How to Build a Car
How to Build a Car is written by Adrian Newey and released in 2017. Adrian Newey is a British Formula 1 engineer and this story unravels his 35-year career in Formula 1 through the cars he designed, races he was involved in, and the drivers he worked with. Newey began sketching car designs at the age of 12 and continued his passion for cars through his Formula 1 career. The book is an engaging, comprehensive detailed book on how cars work. He has designed cars for Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Mario Andretti, Alain Prost, and more. How to Build a Car includes unseen drawings and captures Adrian Newey's life story.
2. The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen
The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen is written by Kari Hotakainen and released in 2016. This book is a biography of Kimi Raikkonen (also known as The Iceman), a Finnish racing driver. Raikkonen was the 2007 Ferrari Formula 1 world champion. He’s known to be a private and enigmatic person and rarely opens up, but he gave Hotakainen exclusive access to his life. This includes insight into his way of thinking, unseen photographs, his private life, and behind the scenes racing strategies. The book includes anecdotes, flashbacks, and a new understanding of the racing driver. Hotakainen successfully reveals a side to Raikkonen many have not seen before.
3. A Different Kind of Life
A Different Kind of Life was written by Virginia Williams and was published in 1991. Virginia Williams was the wife of Frank Williams, who was a former racing car driver and founder of the Williams Formula 1 team. Williams’ team was set on winning their third Formula 1 championship when he got into a horrific accident. This led Virginia to take over and make family decisions and became head of the household. Virginia shares her story with humor and honesty, and documents how her life changed before and after the accident. A Different Kind of Life showcases Virginia Williams’ story mixed with independence, compassion, and perseverance.
4. Winning is Not Enough
Winning is Not Enough is an autobiography written by Jackie Stewart and published in 2007. Sir Jackie Stewart is a British former Formula 1 racing driver. Stewart has won 3 Formula 1 championships, 27 Grand Prix, and is considered one of the top five drivers of all time. Stewart shares his career and life story and how he became a successful, international role model. He details life events and shares personal anecdotes on what being a racing driver was like in the 60s and 70s. Jackie Stewart is a well-known name in the racing world, and he presents his compelling story as a highly accomplished driver and businessman.
5. Murray Walker: Unless I’m Very Much Mistaken
Murray Walker: Unless I’m Very Much Mistaken is an autobiography written by Murray Walker and published in 2002. Murray Walker is a motorsport journalist and commentator. This book highlights Murray Walker’s career and his love and passion for motorsports. As a commentator, he kept fans on the edge of their seats and gave them access to the world of Formula 1. He spoke with passion and delivered his thorough knowledge through his research before every race. Walker writes about his background, what influenced his passion, and how the sport has changed for the past few decades.