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F1 Racing is 'the world's best selling Formula One magazine'. As much as they like to portray themselves as this, it's hardly a great claim because as far as I am aware it's the only one that's sold in various countries throughout the world!
The magazine has been going since 1996. I started buying it in mid-1998, and have done so on and off since then. I have about 130 issues or so, including the latest issue (April 2012) which popped through my letterbox today (I have had a subscription for the past 2 years).
COVER AND CONTENTS
I will base this review on the current issue. The cover star is Michael Schumacher - he's been on the cover the most. At the end of the day he is probably still the most famous driver, and he will sell issues. I was a big fan of his in his Ferrari days, but it'd be nice to see more variety in the covers. It always seems to be the same 5 or 6 drivers, and I would like the less well known people to get some exposure.
Some of the features each issue contains includes:
- 'Parade': A series of double page photos from races or testing. This always looks nice but is something I flick past unless it's a particularly great photo.
- 'Inbox': ie. The letters page. I enjoy reading the letters but there are so many F1 forums online these days that the concept of a letters page seems a bit old hat. The letters printed tend to say the same thing you have read dozens of times before online.
- 'Pitpass': Several pages of news snippets, short interviews, and stats. Again, as with the letters page, all this is info you could find online. The news is somewhat out of date by the time this hits the shelves. The magazine was great when I first started buying it because I didn't get much net access, nor was there a huge F1 presence online, but these days F1 news moves much too fast for a monthly magazine.
- 'Technology Masterclass': A page about a technical issue in F1. This month it's 'Computational Fluid Dynamics'. Some F1 fans find this stuff fascinating. I do not. Move it along, nothing to see here.
- 'Raw Neuve': A column by Jacques Villeneuve. He is full both of opinions and himself. I am not a fan of him, but it's nice to read his claptrap from an ex-racer's perspective.
- Murray Walker: He also has a column which is always great. It's Murray, a legend, what's not to like!
- 'The best race I've been to': A small feature where fans write in with stories about the best GPs they have attended. They have yet to print my own story. How rude!
- 'You ask the questions': This is an indepth interview with someone from the world of F1 in which readers send in questions online. I always enjoy this section because it covers a wide range of questions, from the serious to the more light hearted. This month's issue features driver Heikki Kovalainen.
Other features in the magazine include race reviews, historical stories, or anything that is a current issue; for example this month has an article about how the drivers prepare physically for the temperatures during the Malaysian GP, which has just taken place and is famously humid.
F1 Racing currently costs £4.80 per monthly issue. The current issue has 122 pages, and it's printed on glossy paper. Because I have a subscription that I pay every 6 months, I have to say that I did not realise the magazine's price had crept up to almost a fiver! Like everything involved in F1, it is expensive. Is it worth the money? Hmm... I hesitate to say yes, because almost five pounds for a magazine is a lot in these frugal times. If it wasn't about a subject I am extremely interested in, there is no way I would pay that amount.
Like I have said, I have a subscription to this magazine and have no intention of cancelling it any time soon. I must confess I don't read them cover to cover like I used to when I first started buying it. When I started buying it in 1998, it was my main source of F1 news, and so I pored through it. Nowadays, I get my F1 news online. Similarly there are dozens and dozens of F1 blogs out there where you can get technical opinion and info, paddock gossip, and photographs of the cars and drivers.
The lengthy interviews are great as this is something you can't really get online, but again as with the cover star, sometimes the 'lesser' drivers tend to be ignored. I would like to see more people covered - be it less famous drivers or people from teams who you don't really get to know.
At this point I do continue to get the magazine mainly because I am a completist - I like to have a collection of them, and it irks me that there are loads of issues that I never bought! It is fun and interesting to look through the older issues now purely from a historical point of view. However, thanks to the internet, it's impossible for F1 Racing to really ever be 100% up to date when it comes to news.
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
I would only recommend F1 Racing magazine to people like myself who are die hard F1 fans and want to keep a record of the changing face of F1. At £4.80 I really could not justify recommending this to the casual fan - they would be much better reading and learning about F1 online.
F1 Racing is a magazine devoted to Formula 1. It comes out monthly and can be had for the cover price of £4.40, but you can get it for a 20% discount if you subscribe and you also get a nice gift.
I've been subscribing to F1 Racing for about 6 years now, as my job takes me to the Autosport International show in Birmingham every year were F1 Racing have a large stand and as I'm always on the lookout for a bargain, plus being an avid viewer of Formula 1 on the TV I decided to sign up. With a 20% reduction and a scale model of a F1 car i was quite happy. The signing up process itself was very easy, all you do is fill in a form with your bank details and address and away you go. I get billed every 3 issues and have never had any problem with double billing, so every year i take out a new subscription, while remembering to cancel my previous one so i can get my gift.
The magazine is a good read and the contributors are extremely knowledgeable which is a must with a subject as technical as Formula 1. This is a magazine of 2 parts, the first being dedicated to interviews, technical innovations and the political intrigue that is as much a part of F1 as the racing is these days. The second is dedicated to the factual and contains the race reports and previews ,as well as the analysis of their regular panel of pundits.
The presentation is top notch and there are some stunning photographs, They really do justice to what are moving works of art. The interviews can be a bit hit and miss, but i suppose that is more down to the subject as a lot of drivers despite driving at 200MPH and living the jet set lifestyle are a bit dull,plus they have to watch what they say so that they don't upset the PR guy/girl. You always get a better interview from the retired drivers as they don't mind upsetting anybody. I always find the technical side is well covered and is presented in an easy to understand way with detailed photographs and drawings. This has been especially handy lately as who the hell knew what a
double diffuser was, but they did a good job of explaining it.
You would have thought that they would have trouble filling the magazine in the off season, with no current news to report, they fill the pages with history, lots of black and white photos and stories of heroes of yesteryear. This is actually my favourite part of this magazine as F1 is rich with heritage and great personalities, I never knew Graham Hill was so funny. They also made some beautiful cars back then, with less stringent regulations there were some bizarre looking ones too. You can't help but feel We're missing something these days.
The only negative i can find with F1 Racing is that it is a monthly publication and as F1 moves so quickly you can be a month behind the news, which was a bit of a problem before the start of the season as no one was sure what teams would make the grid or even what some were called.
All in all though i rate F1 Racing very highly and eagerly anticipate the arrival of my next issue and will continue to do so for years to come.
I always used to get this every momth, used to get a subscription about 10 years ago before it went a bit downhill, as an avid F1 fan this was the pinnacle of F1 magazines, a good 150 pages dedicated to the best sport in the world, with brilliant exclusives, interviews, competitions, previews, reviews and news.
I stopped reading it as it went downhill a bit and I couldn't afford the costs of the magazine, luckily since the last few years the magazine has picked up again and the exclusives and interviews are absolutley superb for any F1 fan like myself, it certainly helps that F1 Racing doesn't just focus on the top 2/3 teams but the whole grid.
I rarely buy it anymore, as in my work I am able to read it freely as I work, it is very expensive, but for once a month and to get all the news and interviews is more than worth it, although towards the end of the month it gets very out of date which is a plus for autosport, but F1 moves so quickly that even Autosport is out of date soon enough.
I remember reading the current issue of F1 racing going on about how Honda hadn't found a buyer yet...after the Australian grand prix which obviously the new Brawn team won.
If Ronseal say 'It does exactly what it says on the tin' then F1 Racing could just as easily say it has in it exactly what the title suggests. The magazine covers F1 in a depth not equalled by any other magazine I have read.
The magazine however is committed to the coverage of current F1 only and consequently there is little written about the history of F1 and previous championship. This notwithstanding the magazine has thorough articles on every aspect of this seasons championships. Each issue has a driver profile and interview. Races are covered in detail including times for the qualifying session and practice as well as the races themselves.
Other articles are written on the drivers, the teams and the significant figures involved in F1. There are previews of the next races including information on the tracks to be used. There is plentiful use of some excellent photography both in the action sequences from the races and of the drivers and sights around the pit-lane. A couple of minor criticisms I have here is that some of the photography is arty to the extent of being useless. A second criticism would be that there is very little technical coverage for example on the aero-dynamics of the sport. There is a tendency for the magazine to be personality dominated rather than the machines.
On balance though F1 racing is a thoroughly good read and well worth the £3.40 monthly cost. It is essential reading for any F1 fan..
F1 Racing is one of a number of magazines dedicated to the sport to currently grace newsagent's shelves. Hailing from the Haymarket Magazines stable - a bastion of British motorsport publishing - F1 Racing was launched around 6 years ago. Personally, I have been a subscriber since the first issue, accepting a pre-launch subscription offer featured in sister magazine, Autosport. As a subscriber you are guaranteed a copy of the magazine each month, are protected from price rises for a certain period, receive a one sheet newsletter each month from one of the editorial team (not sure if that is really worth the effort to be honest!), and the occasional special offer. The magazine is full of glossy, high quality photography, which is reflected in the cost - now £3.50 per issue. While that is quite high, I can't help but feel that it does represent value for money. In fact the cover price has only risen by £0.55 since launch. The publication is split into several sections: Team Talk Team Talk is the prerequisite editor's column. In most magazines this is usually of little interest, however the quality of the editorial staff at Haymarket (in my opinion) makes this worth a read. At launch, the magazine was edited by Mike Herd, son of Robin Herd - who, alongside FIA president Max Mosely, founded the March F1 team. Since Herd's departure, its stewardship has been in the hands of Matt Bishop and Paul Fearnley. Bishop, highly regarded by Haymarket, left the magazine for a while to carry out work at a more senior level within the Haymarket organisation. Back under his control since Fearnley's departure last year, he now rules the roost as Editor-in Chief! Without wishing to dismiss or diminish the excellent editorial skills of the previous incumbents who all carried out a sterling job, it is good to have Matt back. Parade A collection of high quality, striking photography fro
m the world of Formula 1. Most of the images are exclusive and many have been commissioned by the magazine. Many of these images are almost surreal - close-ups of an air hose, early evening sun reflecting over the nose cone of a Benetton-Renault, etc., all images come with a short comment, the location of the shot, the photographer, the time and date and even the photographic equipment used!! Celebrity Columns every issue has two celebrity columns - the first being penned by a driver. Each year usually sees a new face - this year we have been entertained by Jenson Button, but previous years have seen Gerhard Berger, Damon Hill, Ralf Schumacher, Johnny Herbert and Rubens Barrichello, amongst others. The second column is by a "behind-the-scenes" name - a commentator, team member or journalist. This column usually holds on to its writer for a little longer, the last two years being scribed by ITV's James Allen. Previous columnists have included Peter Windsor (F1 Racing's consultant editor and former member of both the Williams and Ferrari teams), Simon Taylor (BBC Radio 5 Live commentator, former ITV studio pundit and, I believe, former chairman of Haymarket Publishing Ltd) and team principal Eddie Jordan. Personally, I'd like to see Bernie Ecclestone write this column for a year - but somehow I have my doubts this will happen! Pitpass Pitpass is the moniker of the news section. It presents snippets of gossip and information from the pitlane in a very readable format - sadly of course, the news isn't exactly up to date being in a monthly magazine, but I still find it an interesting, light read. More than once the editorial team have been caught out by the time between issues - often reporting an incident which develops dramatically in some unforeseen way between print run and hitting the shelves. They often attempt to make an educated guess of something and this can fall flat at times
too. Nevertheless, one of my favourite sections of the magazine. Features The bulk of the magazine - a wide range of articles covering everything from driver/team principal/engineer interviews to "day with a team" reports, reviews of previous years races, features on drivers of yesteryear etc., As an example, the January 2002 issue boasts an interview with Juan Pablo Montoya, another with Adrian Newey, an article speculating on the future of Mika Hakkinen, a story re-counting F1 journalist Tom Clarkson's charity cycle ride with Damon Hill, Jenson Button and Mark Webber from Land's End to John O' Groats, a story on former driver and now Argentinean Senator Carlos Reutemann, along with a number of other reviews, articles and interviews. Anyway, you get the picture! Speaking of Damon Hill, the former world Champion has been gaining an increasing presence within the magazine's pages since his retirement - he has written in the region of 8 - 10 articles and interviews over the past 3 years or so. Indeed, Hill was "guest editor" for the January 2000 edition. Recently, F1 Racing brought him together with former boss Eddie Jordan for the first time since Hill left the team for a revealing piece. Perhaps surprisingly, Hill is a reasonably good journalist! Race Reports During the season, detailed critiques and dissections of the previous months races are covered. This gets to be pretty statistical, but nevertheless gives a thorough review of each event. Black Flag Last but not least comes an intriguing piece. Black Flag is a column penned by "The Scrutineer", a pen name for, I presume, an anonymous member of the F1 Racing team or other such journalist. This is a humorous, ironic and satirical effort often passing comment in the form of a letter to a certain individual. Over the years many have been subjected to the sardonic wit of The Scrutineer from Bernie Ecc
lestone to Murray Walker via almost every driver and team principal on the grid! This month, David Coulthard gets savaged! All in all, as you can tell, I'm a big fan of F1 Racing magazine. Since its launch issue a number of other publications in a similar vein have sprung up, including one involving one Mr B. Ecclestone. However, in my opinion, none have come anywhere near F1 Racing for consistency, journalistic quality or just sheer enthusiasm for the sport. My only complaint is that, at times, the magazine can come across as a little biased - if my memory serves there have been at least 2 (if not more) Michael Schumacher/Ferrari issues - but then again we are talking a multiple world champion here. A minor gripe! The launch issue of March 1996 was published in English and German; today there are 20 editions worldwide, with countries such as India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Turkey and the Czech Republic enjoying their own issue, as well as the more expected nations, so I feel this evidences the popularity of the magazine. Sad I know, but I still have somewhere every single issue! Even if I were on the streets I would have to find some way of getting a copy each month.
Despite efforts from other magazines F1 racing stays at the top of the pile. They mix good information, reviews, opinions and history with splashes of humour. Shame their website doesnt quite live up to the magazine but I guess you cant have everything. The balance between current and past F1 is just right. They always seem to have the best and most original photos. They also have a wide range of writers from past racers, F1 insiders and journalists. Cant think of a bad thing to say to be honest.
F1 Racing Magazine is, you guessed it, a magazine devoted to Formula 1. It’s a monthly magazine priced at £3.50 an issue, which is a little expensive compared to some of the more general motor sport magazines, but to me isn’t too bad. That said, other than this magazine, the only other mags I buy are computer related ones, which often come in at around £5 each. For your £3.50 you get a reasonable read - Jenson Button and James Allen are both columnists, Murray Walker does the odd interview and preview style feature, and there’s plenty of ‘showdown’ things - as an example, the current issue (April 2001) makes a big deal of how Fisichella and Jenson will both be fighting to prove themselves against each other this season, and how Jordan and BAR are fighting for Honda’s attention. They try to predict who will win these ‘showdowns’ and it’s interesting reading, although they do clutch at straws a bit - one race isn’t really enough to go on, but they insist on disecting each session to see who comes out ahead. Considering they are a monthly magazine and need content, they can’t do much else, but still, I’d take what they write with a pinch of salt until the season is more developed. As well as driver / team stuff, they do take the odd look at the technical side, although not in too much detail. They will interview designers, aerodynamicists, etc, but mostly they ask about team politics, and wether or not the car will win races - not really any nitty gritty about the new designs, although I suspect that very few people actually care about that kind of thing, so it can be forgiven! The news section is obviously a bit out of date as it’s a monthly magazine and things happen quickly in racing, but they try their best to work around the monthly barrier. They preview two races and review two races each issue, and this works quite well. If you want up to the minute n
ews, you’re going to have to either look on the web or buy a weekly magazine, though. One thing I really, really like about the magazine is that on top of the news / opinions / gossip stuff, they take the time and pages to remember the past. They look back on various innovations that either caught on (eg. wings) or failed (eg. 6 wheeled cars). They also look back on old cars, teams and drivers, and aren’t afraid to mention some of these things in passing. Senna seems to get almost as many mentions now as he did when he was alive but not yet a champion! This is in my opinion a good thing as I’m too young to have seen the ‘Turbo Era’ and came to F1 in the early 90s. I saw the death of many smaller teams, but never got to see them in their prime. I want to learn more about the times I missed, and to read about it in a magazine feels more real than reading a ’history of F1’ book. Back in to the current day, we have race previews, race reports, and circuit overviews. The tourist information in the circuit overview may be of some use if you plan to go to see the race, but otherwise it’s not really that interesting. Like pretty much every magazine it has a letters page, albeit a very small one. This gets the usual rants and raves from fans, but isn’t much fun to read as it usually just parrots what’s in the headlines. There was one complaint made in the letters page that I would like to mention here though, and add to. Last month, a reader complained that the magazine was turning into a Schumacher fan club magazine. They said this because the month before had a feature on Schumacher. When this magazine features something, it really does feature it - other than their columns, their articles are very long, and with lots of pictures. When they ‘featured’ Schumacher, they had articles about him, interviews with him, and added bits about Ferrari. The whole
magazine turned red for an issue. Considering he’s the Champion right now, he had obviously been in the magazine a lot before now, and will continue to be in it while he’s winning, so they can be forgiven for appearing to have too much about him, but sometimes they go over the top. The next issue featured McLaren heavily, presumably to placate this person, but this issue again went on and on about Schumacher, highlighting the records he’d broken and those that were in his grasp, and calling him the greatest driver of our time. Granted they had an interview with Barrichello, but guess what that was doing? Going on about how he can beat Schumacher. You can’t get away from the guy. Well, yes you can actually! Their number two favourite driver is Jenson Button. He’s a columnist with them now, and he regularly manages to get a fair few pages devoted to him each issue, along with having his name dropped in articles that are otherwise totally unrelated to him. He may be the best of British talent, but that isn’t an excuse, as this isn’t an exclusively British magazine - it’s published in a number of other countries. Surely readers in other countries would like to read more about their drivers? They do mention other drivers in one off articles, but I feel that they should try to widen their regular coverage a bit. While I’m complaining about them I guess I should mention a minor gripe I have with the magazine. It’s nothing major, but highly irritating! They have a habit of saying ‘F1 Racing Exclusive’ when whatever they are referring to is NOT an exclusive. As an example, they had photographs of Jacques Villeneuves tragic crash in Australia, where Graham Beveridge, a marshal, was killed. They called the photographs exclusive, but I saw exactly the same photographs in a newspaper the day after the crash. They are on several web sites, and no doubt in othe
r magazines. They do the same with interviews that they call exclusive when they aren’t, and insider info that every self respecting fan already knew. I accept that they’re just using advertising tricks to get you interested, but for some reason it really bugs me. Other than those two gripes - the driver bias and the not-so-exclusive exclusives, I like this magazine a lot. Unlike most magazines, it’s fairly low on advertisements, and you get around 150 pages per issue of very readable F1 features. There’s plenty of information, it’s a fairly light hearted magazine, and even with the bias towards certain drivers there is still enough variety in it to keep you interested. The history sections are put in just the right places to give you a break. If you’re reading the magazine from cover to cover, you should find that you get transported back to, say, the mid eighties, at exactly the point you’re getting sick of reading about Schumacher. I’ve kept all my issues of F1 Racing Magazine - and made sure to put them away safely. The reason for this is the quality of the photographs inside. The magazine is full of photographs, some slightly arty, some just great pictures of cars and drivers. It’s a shame some of them are double page photos as they’re ruined by the split, but that’s just the problem of it being a magazine. All the photographs are great to look at, and I take great care not to bend the pages as I want to keep the pictures to look at later. It’s not often I say that about a magazine. Usually I just tear out the pages I’m interested in and chuck the rest. To close this opinion, I’ll mention the subscriber offer. At the moment, subscriptions are at £9.45 for 3 issues, and you get a free Jaguar T-Shirt worth £25. That means you get the magazine at 10% off the cover price. I haven’t taken this offer up as I prefer to buy magazines in
the shop when I’m in the mood for them (WHSmiths get a lot of my money this way, but who cares, I get lots of club card points!) , but for people who like to subscribe to magazines, it seems a good deal, but only if you’re not ashamed to wear a Jaguar T-Shirt! So, all in all, I like this magazine and recommend it to any Formula 1 fan.
At 20 next moth I have been into Formula 1 for a couple of years and really enjoy watching the races but also sice moving into a University flat I have taken to reading magazines about Formula One aswell! I feel that Formula One and all motor racing are sports enjoyed by both sexes. I am very pleased to find a magazine which appreciates both types of reader and provides a very informative read. The editors wrote about the types of things you want to read about and they don;t have the need to Jazz it up with half-naked women, which unfortunatly some do, which alienates the female supporters from enjoying the magazine. Well Done to the editors of Formula One Racing for providing an excellent read you shall have my subscription very soon!
A few years ago, it seemed that every time you went to the newsagent there was another Formula One magazine on the shelves, all attempting to cash in on the growing popularity of the sport. The best of these by far is F1 Racing. From the same company that publishes Autosport, F1 Racing concentrates solely on motorsport’s premier category. Where Autosport covers the full spectrum of motorsport, F1 Racing is only concerned with the goings-on of Schumacher, Hakkinen et al. As a result, the magazine contains a number of articles that analyse the sport to a greater degree than is possible with a wider outlook. Peter Windsor, who also writes for the Sunday Times, has a talent for describing the true stories behind the headlines, and, as a former team manager at Williams, he knows the sport inside out. His articles are always a highlight. For someone like me, who devours any motorsport magazine available, it is nice to actually learn something new from Windsor's articles. Some of the sport’s most respected journalists write regularly for the magazine, and the quality is always of a very high standard. F1 Racing tends to focus on the people and the personalities of the sport, whereas other magazines concentrate on the facts of the races, and the technical aspects of the sport. A regular feature is articles that take a look at an F1 driver’s life away from the track. Driver interviews are commonplace, one of the best being a combined interview with the Schumacher brothers, which I have not seen anywhere else. The retrospective articles are always very good, and particularly well-researched. A common feature is articles on drivers from the past, focussing on their careers and what they have subsequently gone on to do. One of the biggest problems with F1 Racing is the fact that it is published monthly. This tends to mean that the news stories are out of date by the time the magazine hits the shelves, due in n
o small part to the fast changing world that is Formula 1. For this reason it is best to take with a pinch of salt some of the news stories that are printed. For example, when F1’s silly season starts, with rumours of drivers on the move, you can bet that the stories printed as fact in F1 Racing may already have been proved to be wrong. I would have to say that F1 Racing is a touch expensive, especially compared to the more voluminous Autosport, with nowhere near as much content as some of its competitors. The quality of the writing, and the exceptional standard of photography go some way to making up for this however.
F1 Racing is the perfect source of news, views, features and stats from the world of Formula 1. There is a section with lots of light hearted news and rumors. They have the services of some of the best F1 photographers whose work makes up much of the magazine and makes it as good as it is. They are helped by the ITV-F1 pit-crew. James Allen is a columist and often, covers some of the background news and politics within the team. Murray Walker gives his views on forthcoming GPs. They also gain some rare interviews. In November 2000 issue, they had a rare section with Bernie Eccelstone, the first since he left Brabbham (I think). They got together the Schuey brothers for their first interview together since Ralf started in F1. Another that stands out is when Damon Hill interviewed Michael Schumacher. It was very well laid out as was a joy to read. Each race is previewed and reviewed in minute detail and the statistics given for the races are very well laid out and easy to understand. For those who can't get enough of F1, this is an immensley interesting and fun read and gets you right into the heart of the action
I have been a follower of Formula 1 for a number of years and since this magazine was brought out in partnership with ITV's coverage I have always regarded this as the most complete and detailed magazine of the sport. Every section is set out brillaintly making for interesting reading and coupled with eye catching photos, captions and heading you will find yourself always having something to read and no doubt when you think you have finished there will be some little section that you've missed which will entertain and inform you even further. The News is very in depth and features all the top stories with what I regard as very valuble opinions from experts to separate fact from fiction. As you would expect from any F1 mag the race results and championship standings are clear and precise, I find the track diagrams particularly useful. It has competitions every issue and the prizes of them really do make you put the effort into entering them. F1 Racing's only slight problem is that it has a lot of ads but that is easily forgiven when you see the ammount of reading it also has in store. F1 Racing has everything an F1 fan could want from an F1 magazine and no doubt its connection to ITV's coverage has helped it to become one of, if not the most popular Formula 1 magazine available.
Having read this excellent F1 magazine since it first started I have begun to feel that this magazine deals wholly with the world of F1, it's cars it's teams and drivers. However though it provides an excellent coverage of all aspects it only comes out once of a month and when it comes out it doesn't really contain much information that hasn't already been leaked to the newspapers. The magazine is full of bright coloured pictures with some up closes of the cars so you can take a closer view of these excellent machines. Surely though a magazine that comes out once a month could provide some detailed interviews and less adverts, yes i know it has to be funded but surely it doesn't need every other page containing an advert for items that usually have nothing to do with F1. Can't the magazine come out on a fortnightly basis instead. During the closed testing season this magazine does become a league of it's own, no other motoring magazine seems to take much notice of this period of the year, this magazine captures all the news and all the changing drivers and sponsors. Welldone F1 mag for providing excellent closed season interviews and reviews, this seems the best time to purchase this excellent magazine. During the season stick to Auto sport or even the Times this seems to provide a daily event commentary on the Rich world of Forumla 1.
F1 racing magazine is a brilliant read for any true F1 racing fan. It has great racing reviews and previews on all circuits and keeps you to date with all the latest gossip concerning all drivers. It shows no preference to any particular team or driver and even has regular features from drivers who write pieces for the entire season. The photographs are second to none and the items from the ITV team are invaluble. A great buy each month without a doubt.
I’m not the biggest fan of F1 but my son is mad keen and he has one every month, I flick through occasionally and am suitably impressed. It has everything you could possibly need whether you’re an armchair fan or someone who tries and attends the races. Okay it doesn’t quite have the technical details that a mad keen motorsports person may want but generally takes car of the reader. On the outside it looks pretty glossy and commercial and yes there are a few adverts but the contents are excellent. The magazine focuses on all the aspects of racing. It has excellent circuit details from how a driver should drive it and how a spectator should spend their day. There is a section of snappy comments about F1 and there is an in depth review of the last race. The articles are hugely in depth and cover all areas from the championships to new technologies. The Interviews are also top-notch asking all the right questions and more. However there is a drawback that it’s a little pricey at £3.20 but it’s a monopoly and what else will you read, it’s a must for F1 enthusiasts.
I have been reading F1 Racing since 1997 and really enjoy it. It contains some fantastic interviews such as the recent between Michael and Ralf Schumacher and is not usually biased towards the British drivers knowing people do support drivers of other nationalities. It manages to cover the GPs in good details and even gives help if you are planning on attending a grand prix, such as what restaurants to eat and other places to see as well as the usual advice such as the best places to stand at the race track. My favourite part of the magazine has to be the 'pitstop' containing all the small articles about the drivers and the world of F1. £3.20 might sound expensive for a magazine but it is only monthly whereas Autosport at £2.40 a week is more more expensive.