Compiled by an expert statistician with a passion for Formula 1, this fascinating book offers a fresh and dynamic perspective to the history of Grand Prix racing. Using sophisticated diagrams supported by text and photographs, Roger Smith analyzes debated topics such as World Champions, serial winners, best drivers of all times, racing eras, circuits, cars, teams, risk and contentious conclusions. It is important to identify the causes of change whether due to revised regulations, technology breakthrough, driver dominance or other factors. Twelve racing eras are defined, described and graphically illustrated, with winning cars, engines, drivers and tires analyzed graphically within each era. As F1 becomes increasingly a matter of strategy and split-second timing, this reference book is clearly on pole position.
Roger Smith, who has had a brilliant career working with and making use of statistics, recently retired as Managing Director, Europe, of Nielsen TV Ratings, which provides television viewing figures for broadcasters and advertisers worldwide. He has had a lifelong interest in Formula 1. He lives in Oxford, England.