Review: Official Formula 1 Season Review 2012

By on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

As Formula One begins to focus on the start of pre-season testing in February, there’s still the chance to relive the glorious 2012 season in Haynes’ Official Formula One Season Review 2012.

The annual publication, now in its ninth year, features a foreword from F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone as well as brilliant pictures from LAT. Every driver that took part in a race – and that includes Lotus’s Jerome d’Ambrosio – relays the story of their season, giving them the chance to reflect on their performance in one of the most extraordinary years in recent memory.

The ‘round table’ features an extensive discussion between several senior figures in the sport, including Red Bull team principal Christian Horner and Sky Sports pundit Martin Brundle, as they add their opinions of the season. A double page spread is dedicated to each team, with a plethora of data, including workforce numbers for each team – over 600 for Ferrari compared to 82 for the now defunct HRT – and an illustration of their 2012 machines. A senior figure from each team discusses how their squad coped with the challenges the season threw at them.

The majority of the book is dedicated to the twenty races, with ten pages devoted to each event, expertly retold by long-time Formula One journalist Adam Cooper. For the more statistically minded, there are also lap charts and enough timing data to keep you satisfied.

The result is an enjoyable read that takes you back through one of the best years in history and is certainly worth the price to add to the collection.

Published by: J H Haynes & co

Pages: 288

RRP: £35.00

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