Automotive coffee-table books can be something of a minefield – for every gem there are five soul-sappingly dull variations on ‘The Power and Passion of Ferrari’.
However, I’m pleased to report that ‘F1: The Pinnacle’ is very squarely in the former camp.
Compiled and written by the excellent Simon Arron (please hurry up with the Formula 3000 book the world needs) 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.
The curation of said ‘pivotal events’ is what sets ‘The Pinnacle’ apart – Arron and Dodgin’s deep insider knowledge means that those highlighted go beyond the clichés and received narrative. This is both refreshing and comforting. 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.
The illustrations themselves are superb – with lots of pictures that I hadn’t come across before, together with several classic images.
For the seasoned F1 fan, it’s debatable whether you need ‘F1: The Pinnacle’, but at £ 36 it is reasonably priced for a book of this quality and would certainly be a very worthwhile investment for newer followers of the sport.
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F1: The Pinnacle
Authors: Simon Arron & Tony Dodgins
Publisher: Ivy Press
Published: May 2022
Price: £ 36
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