F1 journalist Maurice Hamilton has carried out the pain-staking job of documenting each observe to host a F1 race in his new ebook out now.
When Las Vegas arrives on the calendar for 2023, it will likely be the seventieth totally different circuit by which Components 1 has raced on. Not like another sport, the circuits play a novel function in Components 1.
Sure, soccer pitches could also be totally different inches, cricket pitches totally different shapes and tennis courts made with totally different supplies however they broadly present the same problem. F1 is totally different.
Eau Rouge, the Grand Lodge Hairpin, 130 R. To the outsider, these phrases might imply little however to these engulfed into the world of Components 1, they convey again fond reminiscences of battles of years passed by.
Each observe has its options and challenges that make it a fan favorite or one thing to endure and whereas some circuits have been made within the mould of present ones, no two are alike.
Drivers can have their preferences, whether or not that’s dictated by the observe itself, or it residing of their house nation, or a specific run of fine or unhealthy type there, and barely is there any observe given an apathetic response.
For as a lot because the drivers and groups make up the historical past of the game, they might be nothing with out the circuits. That’s what Maurice Hamilton’s new ebook ‘Components 1 Circuits: Maps and statistics from each Grand Prix observe’ does so properly in portraying.
With a foreword from Sir Jackie Stewart, the ebook begins with some of the iconic tracks in F1 historical past, Monza. Constructed 100 years in the past, it tells the story of how the observe got here to be and what it got here to signify.
As an F1 journalist who has been masking the game since 1977, Hamilton has visited greater than his justifiable share of the tracks so is aware of what he’s speaking about in relation to discussing circuits, no simple feat for a ebook of 300+ pages.
It’s a journey via time and the world as each observe that has hosted an F1 race is given its dues. The construction of the ebook is straightforward to comply with. One web page of information, one web page of images after which a double-page unfold of the observe itself with a field of statistics and varied notable moments in historical past labelled round it.
The images can be worthy of a point out. Every circuit is accompanied by wonderful photos from years passed by. Senna, Lauda, Schumacher, they, amongst many others, are given full-page prints of their achievements.
It’s also true that photos inform a thousand phrases as they’re home windows into a special time. Minimal security gear, cigarette corporations as sponsors and only a small barrier between the vehicles and followers sat on a grass verge at Kyalami are a number of the examples that look outdated via a contemporary Components 1 lens.
The ebook ends with the Miami Grand Prix, the latest addition to the Components 1 historical past books. With a man-made marina and the house stadium of the NFL group the Miami Dolphins as its centrepiece, the Miami Worldwide Autodrome is way flung from the Monza, Monaco and Silverstone circuits that grace the sooner pages of the ebook however its inclusion is simply as necessary.
The ebook, whereas making for the type of studying that you would choose it up, learn one web page after which put it again down, additionally acts as a historical past lesson. The Fifties in F1 rightly looks like one other technology, possibly even one other sport, however what this ebook does properly is be a part of the dots from the game’s origins to the place it’s now.
Components 1 has advanced, no extra so than in the previous couple of years, and whereas many well-known tracks have fallen by the wayside, and extra threaten to take action, Monza acts for example of a circuit adapting to the instances.
The chance to host a Components 1 race has change into the world of sport’s golden ticket with an countless quantity of promoters queuing as much as pitch their concept to the Components 1 head honchos. Consequently, the F1 calendar is an ever altering beast. Room will at all times be made for brand new tracks who convey loads of funding and there’ll at all times be fears for many who made the game what it’s.
In his foreword, Stewart laments the lack of the French and German Grands Prix and implores F1 to not do the identical with Silverstone, Spa, Monaco and Monza. These 4 tracks act as the muse of Components 1 and the ebook does a superb job of describing how and when others joined them.
For avid F1 followers in addition to the informal viewer, the ebook is an opportunity to study extra in regards to the typically forgotten unsung heroes of F1 as a result of as Stewart himself says “each single circuit is a crucial a part of Components 1 historical past.”
‘Components 1 Circuits: Maps and statistics from each Grand Prix observe’ by Maurice Hamilton is out now.