Best Formula 1 Books

When you’re looking for the best Formula 1 books to buy and read, one of the biggest problems you come across is that all the reviews are the same – copied and pasted from Amazon. Also, how do you know if the books you like are what the reviewer likes?

The Formula 1 books below have been read by me, not just copied and pasted from other listings. I like books that share stories, that get into the emotion of the subject and leave you feeling something. I’m not a facts and figures guys, so a book full of dates, cold facts, and specifications will have me putting the book back on the shelf half-read.

I like my books like I like my F1 – fast-paced and dramatic.

So if you’re like me, the below Formula 1 books will be for you…

The Best Formula 1 Books




Life to the Limit: My Autobiography by Jenson Button

This is actually my favourite Formula 1 book, which is why it is at the top of the list. When you read it, you can’t help but have the voice of Jenson Button in your head, which makes his jokes funnier (and this is a very funny book). While there is a lot of humour, often self-deprecating, the tone definitely takes a turn and you can’t help but be moved when Jenson talks about losing his father.

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Some of the chapters are super short too, as in a handful of pages, so if you’re someone who likes to read before bed and has to finish at the end of a chapter, this book will make sure you get to bed at a reasonable hour.

Read my full review on Life to the Limit: My Autobiography by Jenson Button


Jenson Button: Life to the Limit: My Autobiography

  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Button, Jenson (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 361 Pages - 10/19/2017 (Publication Date) - Blink Publishing (Publisher)

Senna versus Prost

Before I read Jenson’s book, Senna versus Prost was my favourite.

Malcolm Folley has done a cracking job of creating a space for people to share their stories of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in a way that instantly transports the reader back to those great battles of the 80s and 90s.

What’s even better is Folley speaks with a lot of team personnel, people in the background who we’ve not really heard of, and lets us know what it was really like to be on the ground as the battles took place out on the track.

So much has been made of Ayrton Senna over the years, that Prost’s version of events was somewhat overlooked – until now. And although he could have used the book as an opportunity to lay the boots into his rival, Prost does a brilliant job of relaying events as he saw them.

Le Professeur off the track as well as on it.

Read my full review on Senna versus Prost

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Senna Versus Prost: The Story of the Most Deadly Rivalry in Formula One

  • Arrow Books
  • Folley, Malcolm (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 410 Pages - 05/26/2010 (Publication Date) - Random House UK (Publisher)

Murray Walker: Unless I’m Very Much Mistaken

Murray Walker is the voice of Formula 1. He has one of those voices that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up when you’re watching an old race and his enthusiasm for F1 jumps through the speakers.

Some artists use paints, some use pencils, Murray Walker used a microphone.

Walker is a quintessential storyteller, so once again this is a book that you will most likely read in his voice. He tells vivid stories about growing up, his time in the war, all the way through to the Murray Walker we know from our TV screens commentating on Formula 1.

Known for the odd gaff in the commentary box, Walker isn’t shy about having a laugh with it, and understands it helped endear him to fans over the years.

Unless I’m very much mistaken, this is a must-read book that you will thoroughly enjoy.


Unless I'm Very Much Mistaken: My Autobiography by Murray Walker (2003-06-01)

  • Walker, Murray (Author)
  • 06/02/2003 (Publication Date) - Willow (Publisher)

Niki Lauda – The Biography

If a book about a man who had a horrific crash at the wheel of a Formula 1 racing car, was given the last rights, then was back on the grid a month later doesn’t move you, then nothing will.

Niki Lauda was a man of little fuss or sentiment, and Maurice Hamilton has written this book in much the same vein. Starting from Lauda’s early days growing up in a proper family who felt motor racing was beneath their station, to his racing years, to flying, and much more.

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If there is to be one criticism of this book, it’s that it doesn’t go into a great deal of detail on his time with Mercedes. However, the vivid recollections of his racing days from people who witnessed it definitely make up for this.


Niki Lauda

  • Hardcover Book
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Simon & Schuster UK (Publisher)

The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen

The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen gives great insights into Kimi’s path to F1, his upbringing, and now the importance of time with his growing family.

If you’re looking for a book of anecdotes from Kimi’s time in the paddock, this book isn’t it.

But if you want to learn more about Kimi’s path to F1, his motivation for quitting the sport, and his motivation for coming back to it.

The photos he shares are excellent too.

Read my full review on The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen


The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen

  • Hotakainen, Kari (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 08/22/2019 (Publication Date) - Simon & Schuster UK (Publisher)

Aussie Grit: My Formula One Journey

This is one that most Australian’s will love, as the Aussie legend shares anecdotes or ‘yarns’ from his time in F1 racing against some of the best drivers on the planet.

Those who remember the ‘Multi 21’ saga and breakdown in the relationship with Sebastian Vettel will like this book, as Webber gives his version of the events that unfolded in front of our eyes on race days.

A highlight of this book is Webber walking us through his personal struggles, as it’s not something often associated with the stoic Australian. This book is brutally honest in parts, and will give you a deeper appreciation of the man, not just the driver.


Aussie Grit: My Formula One Journey

  • PAN
  • Webber, Mark (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 09/28/2016 (Publication Date) - Macmillan UK (Publisher)

The Mechanic: The Secret World of the F1 Pitlane

Marc ‘Elvis’ Priestley was one the number one mechanic at McLaren, who as well as this book has an incredible YouTube channel where he shares his insights and analysis of Formula 1 regularly.

Simply put, his book needs to be on the bookshelf of every Formula 1 fan, it’s that good.

I’ll admit I’d never really thought about the pit crew. We see them for a few seconds each race, maybe more if something dramatic happens to one of their drivers.

This book takes us well and truly behind the scenes, into the life of partying and fast-living away from the track.

Priestley also shares a lot of secrets about the rivalries he was part of during his time in F1, which may make him a little unpopular with a few people…

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The Mechanic: The Secret World of the F1 Pitlane

  • Priestley, Marc 'Elvis' (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 11/01/2018 (Publication Date) - Yellow Jersey (Publisher)

Chequered Conflict: The Inside Story on Two Explosive F1 World Championships

You could be forgiven for thinking this book by Maurice Hamilton is the work of a family member of Lewis Hamilton, but it’s not. Maurice Hamilton is the author of amazing F1 history books on the likes of James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Jackie Stewart, Frank Williams, and more.

Grand Prix racing in 2007 and 2008 was an explosive affair between Ferrari and McLaren, and this book captures all the drama perfectly.

2007 was the first time since 1986 that three drivers had a chance of winning the title going into the final race, and this book puts you back on the edge of your seat again as you re-live this piece of F1 history.


Chequered Conflict: The Inside Story on Two Explosive F1 World Championships

  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Hamilton, Maurice (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 09/04/2008 (Publication Date) - Simon & Schuster UK (Publisher)

The Mechanic’s Tale

This book by Steve Matchett is quite different to The Mechanic: The Secret World of the F1 Pitlane in that it is more about the author’s life, from trying desperately to break into the world of Formula 1. Although he’s not a racing driver, the struggles he faced are on par with some of the drivers mentioned in the books above.

Steve Matchett also shares a lot of his own eye-witness accounts of some of the greats such as Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, and Michael Schumacher. Plus there is a lot on his time with Benetton which is great reading.


The Mechanic's Tale

  • Matchett, Steve (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 02/03/2000 (Publication Date) - Orion (Publisher)

Flat Out Flat Broke: The Original Stig

When you think of Formula 1, names like Lewis Hamilton, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill and Jackie Stewart come to mind straight away, but what about Perry McCarthy? No? Didn’t think so.

McCarthy spent the 1992 Formula 1 season ‘racing’ for the Andrea Moda Formula team, but unfortunately, never qualified for a Grand Prix.

That hasn’t stopped him from writing a hilarious autobiography that has already become a motorsport best seller.

While he didn’t have much luck in F1, or in a lot of other things, McCarthy bounced back to become the first ‘Stig’ on TopGear.

If you want to share a story with someone you care about that will inspire them to chase their dreams and never give up, then this is the one to give them. They don’t even need to be a Formula 1 fan to enjoy this one.

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Flat Out, Flat Broke 3rd Edition: The Original Stig

  • McCarthy, Perry (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 05/01/2013 (Publication Date) - Haynes Publishing (Publisher)

Bestselling Formula 1 Books

Below you will find a list of bestselling Formula 1 books, many of which you would have seen listed above.

As I purchase and read more from the below list, I will add them to our Formula 1 Reviews section.

Bestseller No. 1


Formula One Circuits from Above: 28 Legendary Tracks in High-Definition Satellite Photography

  • Hardcover Book
  • Jones, Bruce (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 09/03/2019 (Publication Date) - Carlton Books (Publisher)

Bestseller No. 2


The Mechanic's Tale

  • Matchett, Steve (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 02/03/2000 (Publication Date) - Orion (Publisher)

Bestseller No. 3


Formula One Circuits From Above: 28 Legendary Tracks in High-Definition Satellite Photography

  • Hardcover Book
  • Jones, Bruce (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 10/06/2020 (Publication Date) - Welbeck Publishing (Publisher)

Bestseller No. 4


How Do Formula One Race Cars Work? (Lightning Bolt Books ® ― How Vehicles Work)

  • Silverman, Buffy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 01/01/2016 (Publication Date) - LernerClassroom (Publisher)

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My Greatest Defeat: Stories of hardship and hope from motor racing's finest heroes

  • Hardcover Book
  • Buxton, Will (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 07/30/2019 (Publication Date) - Evro Publishing Limited (Publisher)

Bestseller No. 6


The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen

  • Hotakainen, Kari (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 08/22/2019 (Publication Date) - Simon & Schuster UK (Publisher)

Bestseller No. 7


Ayrton Senna (Little People, BIG DREAMS, 49)

  • Hardcover Book
  • Sanchez Vegara, Maria Isabel (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 10/06/2020 (Publication Date) - Frances Lincoln Children's Books (Publisher)

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Monaco: Inside F1's Greatest Race

  • Folley, Malcolm (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 08/01/2018 (Publication Date) - Random House UK (Publisher)

Bestseller No. 9


Art of the Race: The Formula 1 Book

  • Art of Pub
  • Hardcover Book
  • Heath, Darren (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 08/02/2016 (Publication Date) - Art of Publishing (Publisher)

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Formula 1: Car by Car 1950-59: 1950-59 (Formula 1 CBC)

  • Hardcover Book
  • Higham, Peter (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages - 07/14/2020 (Publication Date) - Evro Publishing Limited (Publisher)

Best Formula 1 Gifts On Amazon

There are some amazing Formula 1 gifts on Amazon, especially as we get close to Christmas and people are looking for Formula 1 gift ideas for family and friends.

Here is a list of the best Formula 1 gifts on Amazon.

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Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Authentic Red Scuderia Mug w/Rubber Grip

  • Scuderia Ferrari Scudetto prancing horse printed logo
  • Handleless design
  • Contrast silicone rubber grip
  • 100% Stoneware
  • Gift box

Bestseller No. 2


Lavley - I'd Rather Be Watching Racing - Men's Novelty Socks - Fun Dress Socks For Work (Racing)

  • SOCKS THAT REV UP ANY RACING FAN: These comfortable, colorful racing themed socks make the best gift for race fans because they get amazing reactions from the recipient, creating good memories and smiles that last. These unisex crew length socks feature checkered flags, race cars, motorcycles and gas cans, on an asphalt grey background that looks great at work or play. The bottom of the socks feature a secret message, viewable when they put their feet up: “I’d Rather be Watching Racing”
  • ONE SIZE FITS MOST:  Fits most men US size 6-13 feet and most women US size 7 and up.
  • A FAST GIFT IDEA: These car socks for men and women are perfect for friends and family who love Nascar, F1, Indy Cars, drag racing, Moto GP, or any race sport. They make for a perfect birthday present, Christmas stocking stuffer, or a quick gift idea for any occasion!
  • PREMIUM KNIT SOCKS: These fun socks were created with passion to avoid the sloppy edges and fraying found on other novelty socks. The premium fabric ensures they will hold up for years of wears and washes without fading, while remaining soft, comfortable and well fitting.
  • LUXURIOUS COMFORT: These novelty socks are made from a super soft blend of 5% elastic, 10% spandex, and 85% cotton, which allow them to comfortably stretch. With one touch you’ll notice how these socks gently hug your legs and feet without slouching or bunching. 

Bestseller No. 3


PopLife Formula One Car Pop Up Card for All Occasions - Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Retirement, Work Anniversary, Fathers Day - Race Car Drivers, F1, Ferrari - Folds Flat for Mailing

  • Perfect greeting cards for adrenaline junkies and automobile hobbyists alike! You'll love pop cards from PopLife!
  • Includes one blank 7.5” x 6” PopLife 3D Pop-Up card and one custom envelope for gifting or sending in the mail.
  • The ultra slim profile of this card means the recipient will be simply AMAZED every time they open it.
  • Cut the tabs and use the pop-up as a standalone decoration or ornament for your tree or office!
  • Graduation, Thank You Card Gifts - The card they'll keep forever.

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Formula One: The Champions: 70 years of legendary F1 drivers

  • Hardcover Book
  • Hamilton, Maurice (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 03/03/2020 (Publication Date) - White Lion Publishing (Publisher)

Bestseller No. 6


Formula Racing Car 3D Silhouette Mechanical Engineering draw T-Shirt

  • Do you like to race? If you are a car racer, a mechanical engineer, a 3d sketch passionate then you absolutely need this unique 3d car racing to show your love for formula racing cars and mechanical engineering.
  • Get this racing car gift yourself or grab it as a present for Formula racing lover or any engineer for Birthday, Halloween, Thanks Giving, Christmas, Fathers Day, Mothers Day, Easter or Cinco De Mayo. Great for men, women, boys, girls, youth and kids.
  • Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem

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Speed Read F1: The Technology, Rules, History and Concepts Key to the Sport (Speed Read (1))

  • Codling, Stuart (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 160 Pages - 10/10/2017 (Publication Date) - Motorbooks (Publisher)

Bestseller No. 9


Formula Racing Retro Vintage Sunset Old School Funny Gift Premium T-Shirt

  • Retro Vintage Sunset Formula Car Racing Racer Sport Team Crew Instructor Silhouette Coach Fan Lover Cute Funny Sun Set Old School Throwback Summer Style Gift
  • Get it for yourself or grab it as a perfect funny gift or present for Mom or Dad, brother or sister, aunt or uncle, grandpa or grandma for birthday, Mothers Day, Fathers Day or Christmas.
  • This premium t-shirt is made of lightweight fine jersey fabric
  • Fit: Slim (consider ordering a larger size for a looser fit)

Bestseller No. 10


Liberty Imports Kids Take Apart Toys - Build Your Own Formula Race Car Toy Vehicle Construction Playset - Realistic Sounds and Lights with Tools and Power Drill (Formula)

  • ✅ STEM LEARNING: Assemble and disassemble an awesome toy formula race car from tires to engine to spoiler
  • ✅ FUN: Completely take apart car and put it back together with power drill
  • ✅ INCLUDES: 24 piece set includes 8 modification parts, 4 tires, drill and screws
  • ✅ LIGHTS & SOUNDS: Realistic engine sounds and lights; Race car measures 8" x 3.5" x 2.5"
  • ✅ IDEAL PRESENT: Great Gift idea for Birthdays, Parties, After School Fun, Summer Projects, Christmas Gift For Kids Or All Other Holidays for Vehicle Lovers of all Ages!

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