An iconic visual celebration of Lewis Hamilton's historic Formula One World Championship winning season, including the story of his life to date and exclusive new words and pictures from a dramatic year. Welcome to the world of Britain's hottest sports celebrity, as told by Lewis himself. Lewis Hamilton: Formula One World Drivers' Champion. It is hard to believe that Lewis, at 23, has only just completed his second year of Formula One and has already joined the pantheon of select great British sporting legends. My Story -- his incredible first-person account of his life, from karting champion and rookie boy-racer to Formula One driver for one of the biggest and most prestigious grand prix racing teams -- has now been fully updated and lavishly repackaged in an illustrated format, with new colour photographs and stories from the 2008 season.From the perfect start in Melbourne, through the controversy in Montreal and Spa, to the memorable victories of Silverstone and Shanghai, and finally the unbelievable stomach-churning climax in Sao Paolo and the unprecedented celebrations that followed -- it's all here, hot off the press just four weeks on from his record-breaking title victory, and in Lewis's own words.
Whilst rivals come and go, The World's Leading Grand Prix Annual reaches its 63rd year of publication as the indisputable leader in its field. The 19-race Formula 1 World championship season is covered with its usual meticulous attention to detail. This year, the much-respected Tony Dodgins takes over the editor's role, supported by the award-winning author Maurice Hamilton. The vastly experienced pair, both long-time paddock insiders, bring you all the drama and intrigue that is Formula 1 in their reportage. Supporting their exhaustive race reports are the traditionally detailed result spreads that include specially prepared and easy to follow lap charts. Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel's charge towards a fourth consecutive title against his perennial challenger Fernando Alonso, has been enlivened by the arrival of Mercedes-Benz as title contenders with the newly-arrived Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg both claiming race victories during the 2013 season. Adding Ferrari-bound Kimi Räikkönen to this heady mix merely spices up an already fascinating championship year that ebbed and flowed across a punishing 9-month race calendar.
Mark Hughes once more analyses the successes, frustrations and failures of each of the eleven teams in his Team-By-Team review, which includes team personnel and technical specifications of the F1 cars showcased in the beautiful illustrations by Adrian Dean.
Special features for the 2013 edition include the marking of two special milestones, as Williams reached 600 race starts, and McLaren celebrated their 50th Anniversary as a racing team from their humble beginnings back in 1963. The sport's other leading categories are also given lavish coverage in this comprehensive review. The single-seat ladder from Formula 3 up to GP2 showcases the rising talent pool, all aiming to make their way into Formula 1. Meanwhile Audi continued their domination of Le Mans in Sports Car Racing, whilst Touring Cars, in all their respective categories, continued to provide door-to door banging combat. Veteran scribe Gordon Kirby continues to give his no-holds barred assessment of the racing year in the United States, as NASCAR continues to dominate, despite welcome signs of a revival of Indy Car racing, highlighted by an emotional victory in the Indianapolis 500 by the enormously popular Brazilian veteran Tony Kanaan.
F1: Through the Eyes of Damon Hill is the dramatic behind-the-scenes story of the world of Formula One racing. It is a story of global proportions, deep human feelings and sporting magnificence which sweeps from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne through to the grand finale in Japan, where the nine-month season ends. In his own words, Hill charts the roller-coaster emotions and excitement of the marathon 16-race Grand Prix circus. He describes the strains, and pressures behind the garage doors; the massive effort required to revive a title challenge with his new Jordan team, the fears and thrills. Brilliantly illustrated, here is the world's fastest, most seductive - and expensive - sport as it really is. From the clamour and glamour of the pit lane to the privacy of the motor home, Damon Hill describes what it feels like to compete with Schumacher, Coulthard, Villeneuve and others for the 1998 Formula One World Championship. This is no 'Diary of a Season' fanzine but an intensely personal, thematic account of the most seductive sport of all - its rivalries the crucial importance of technology, and the pencil-thin margin between the chequered flag and failure.
The McLaren M23 first appeared in 1973, and became McLarens first World Championship winner when Emerson Fittipaldi took the title in 1974. As depicted in the new feature film Rush, James Hunt gloriously repeated the feat in 1976 after a mighty season-long battle with Niki Lauda. Here, in this new Haynes Manual, is unique perspective on what it takes to restore, maintain and race a McLaren M23, as well as an insight into the design, engineering and development of this landmark Formula 1 car.