Formula One Circuits From Above by Bruce Jones – Book Review

Formula One Circuits From Above by Bruce Jones – Book Review

Formula One Circuits From Above by Bruce Jones

Formula One Circuits From Above

Author – Bruce Jones
Publisher – Carlton Books Ltd
Pages – 224
Released – 8th August 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1787392854
Format – ebook, hardcover
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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Formula One Circuits Circuits from Above gives the reader the perfect insight into what makes Formula 1 the most exciting and dramatic of all forms of motorsport. The unique photography provided by Google™ Earth shows each circuit’s challenges and why only the very best drivers in the world can succeed in Formula One.

Television cameras, even using High Definition and 3D, flatten and foreshorten racetracks making them, if not featureless, then apparently undemanding. If you were to sit at the Eau Rouge section of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, walk up to the Casino from the harbour at Monaco, or look out onto the desert at Sakhir, you would quickly realise that these are serious challenges – each entirely different from the other.

Stunning photography and insightful and thoughtful writing from one of the world’s most travelled Formula One commentators, make Formula One Circuits Circuits from Above a fantastic volume to have by your side when you watch the F1 World Championship unfold. The colour, drama, history and excitement of Formula One will never be better displayed in this exceptional volume.

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For any F1 fan, this book is a must-read. Formula One Circuits From Above contains 26 tracks from around the world, from the iconic Silverstone to the street race of Monaco. All of the images are in HD. The book is split into four sections by continent – Europe, Asia and the Middle East, The Americas and Australia.

Each track not only shows you pictures from above but also give you the background of the track, explains the corners and the mph the cars travel in that section, a short explanation of each turn and includes great drivers and great moments that happened on the track, alongside pictures of racing incidents.

I’ve been an F1 fan for many years and whilst I could tell you the name of some of most of the track a few names had passed me by such as I didn’t realise the French track was called Paul Ricard. It was quite fascinating to see the tracks from above, some look very strange yet eye-catching like the track below from Malaysia.

sepang international racetrack

The book is filled to the brim with information and photographs and if you are an F1 fan it is extremely interesting. It would make a great present for any Motorsports fan or even for use as a coffee table book. It does come as an ebook too but I can’t an ebook having the same quality as the hardcopy, especially when it comes to the photographs, in my opinion, a physical book is always best for this type of book.

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

Bruce Jones, a former editor of Autosport magazine, is one of the most respected commentators and reporters on the motor racing scene around the world. As well as the best-selling annual Formula One Guide, Bruce has written numerous other books, including Formula One: The Illustrated History, The Treasures of Formula One, Grand Prix Yesterday & Today and World Formula One Records.

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