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This magazine does exactly what it says on the tin. It is by far in my opinion the best magazine for all you need to know about Formula one. I do wish that maybe it would be fortnightly as sometimes it does feel like there has been so much going on between issues.
Each magazine has all the latest news and gossip, there is plenty of technical information, all new upgrades to the cars are explained and photographed allowing the readers to understand ups or slumps in performance a little better. F1 Racing does some great interviews not only with the Drivers but also with Key staff from within formula one and these really give a great insight into the world of F1 where most questions are asked and answered. There are also regular reader questions which you can email in and your questions will be asked to the stars of the sport.
Each issue during the season includes all the action from the races just gone and previews of those to come allowing you never to miss any of the action.
A key part of the magazine is the photography. Some of the photos are incredible and this has been proven by such times as when F1 Racing discovered the extra pedal in the Mclaren car in 1998 It was one of F1 Racings photographers that not only managed to thrust his camera into the stopped cars cockpit but take enough photos to prove the 3rd pedal and therefore out Mclaren's rear braking system which went on to be banned.
I am a subscriber to the magazine and could not bear to miss an issue. It arrives bang on time every month on the door mat and always holds a wealth of information and news. It you follow formula one and what to know all that it entails F1 Racing is the magazine for you!!!
Fantastic magazine! This magazine covers all Formula 1 news in fantastic detail, along with special features and great pictures. Clearly the people who write for the magazine know what they are writing about, writing in detail and making the articles interesting to read. Each edition has a long interview in which direct questions are asked, and the truth is told, including criticisms of drivers where appropriate. Some F1 drivers read the magazine so it is endorsed from above. Whenever you buy an issue you know what you are buying, you'll always get pitpass, long interviews, short quick-fire interviews, race reviews and previews and a feature 'the day I met' which is when a Formula 1 personality talks about the day they met someone and is very interesting. The only criticisms that I would deliver is that there are far too many full page adverts which obviously take up quite a lot of space in the whole publication. But the magazine is a great read.
After I bought the first issue of Formula 1 Magazine I became very excited. (I hope this doesn't expose some sad aspect of my character.) It was everything I had dreamed about in an F1 magazine, it had and still has the things that I most enjoy in F1; up to date news, technical stories and facts, driver profiles, past, present and up and coming. It has history, a bit of gossip and full race previews and reviews. I subscribed straight away, with an offer of 15 issues for the price of 12, a cardboard binder and a promise of over 200 pages per issue I would have been mad not to. The first issue had 250 odd pages and over the next few issues averaged around 220, now the pages average around 160 (I don’t usually count pages of magazines, honest). While this does go against their original promise I’m not that disappointed as there are less adverts now, but I do miss the amount of historical articles they used to run. In the beginning Nikki Lauda was the editor in chief and his introductions were sometimes a little controversial, however he had to leave to run a small team called 'Jaguar Racing', so Nigel Mansell took over. While our Nige can be a bit boring he does make interesting comparisons between when he was a driver and the relative easy life of the drivers now (that’s the way it comes across anyway.) F1 magazine is set out into different sections, first there is an introduction from our man Nige, this month (June 2002) he talks about the Austrian debacle and of course how things were different when he drove for Ferrari. Next is “paddock confidential” which gives you all the latest news about the teams and F1 personalities. There are also regular columns from Tom Rubython (I don’t know who he is, but he sometime talks cr. oops, rubbish.) and Eddie Irvine (I know who he is he’s the man who should have won Ferrari’s first drivers championship for however many years it was, but h
is name wasn’t Schumacher.) Eddie is his usual self, sometimes bitching and always going on about how wonderful he is, but he does give a good insight from a driver’s perspective. Following these are photographs from the last few races, firstly “Postcards from…” these are usualy pictures of scantily clad Pit girls and the drivers Etc. then its “Gallery” pictures of the cars in action. All of the photos are of high quality and there are sometimes spectacular shots of any crashes, June’s issue shows Sato and Heidfeld’s huge coming together at Austria. The middle of the magazine has team profiles, which are always in depth and some times eye opening, articles on different personalities and technical suppliers and of course my favourite, historical stories. These have ranged from the philandering of Graham Hill (Yes Damon’s dad) to the death of Gilles Villeneuve (that’s right this one was Jacques dad), sometimes these stories can cause a bit of a stir, the one about Graham getting a letter from his wife disputing the claims the magazine made. Most of these articles are written by well known and respected F1 journalists and authors. There have been a lot of complaints that the magazine was overdoing stories about Ayrton Senna, which were, admittedly, going a bit over the top, Ayrton’s Last girlfriend being one, for example. But they also seem to write far to many stories about Michael Schumacher; the first issue had some bizarre photos of him with his wife, in strange clothes and some very disturbing poses. John Watson sometimes test drives fast and expensive cars as well and while they can be interesting I’m not overly convinced this magazine is the right place for these articles. The rear of the magazine is devoted to the race reviews and previews normally three behind and three ahead. The reviews are extremely comprehensive giving an overall report and then a team by
team rundown of the practice, qualifying and race, where they went wrong or right and the strategies used. Then it’s the statistics, they give the stats of everything, things I didn’t think I wanted to know, but obviously did. There are the obvious ones, Practice, qualifying and race times, fastest sector times, fastest laps and speed trap results. They also include penalties received, pitstop times and track temperatures. This is laid out in a clear and easy to read format, even though it is all fitted onto a two-page spread. After this they show you any technical changes made by the teams, enhanced by well-drawn sketches. The previews give a potted history of the tracks including past winners, a diagram of the track showing sector times etc and a run down of the previous years results and each preview has a spotlight article on, what the magazine thinks is, the best race from that track In the past. The last few pages have the obligatory letters page, sometimes interesting but mostly not, book, DVD/video and computer game reviews, I like this, as I do enjoy F1 books and as the books are generally expensive they help you sort the wheat from the chaff so to speak (I’m really sorry but I do so love clichés). The very last page is devoted to the funny and stupid comments people make in F1, such as Barrichello saying to Schummacher, “I was hoping you were going to say no.” F1 magazine costs £3.50 per issue (incredibly good value) or you can get years subscription for £34.50 (even better value, but not as good as the initial subscription I got alas). All this information, but not much more, is available from their website, which is at www.F1magazine.net As you can see I really like this magazine and whilst it isn't as good as it was when it first came out, I still think it is the best F1 magazine on the market. It manages to cover all aspects of F1 past, present and future. And it’s glossy
Until January 2001, the motor racing magazine section included the classic yet old Autosport, and the expensive and a waste of space on the shelf F1 Racing. Then the arrival of F! magazine, a monthly Formula One magazine costing a very competitive £3.50. I am a F1 nut, and always want to find out the latest news about the World of F1 and the people involved in the sport. Unlike many other motorsport related publications, this magazine doesn't just look at the races and testing programmes. This magazine looks into the lives of people involved in the sport and enable the public to view this sport from another perspective. Each issue contains many different articles and images. firstly, there are several pages oh pictures and comments from the latest GP, testing or social event. Then there are several pages of comments from many people involved with the sport, including Nigel Mansell and Eddie Irvine. Tere views and opinions are always related to current issues and never cease to provide the odd one or two light hearted joke on major figures in the current sport. After this you have many interviews with drivers, merchanics and organisers about how they lead their lives and how F1 is such a major part of it. My personal favorite is the section looking at the technical specifications of these wonderful cars. After each event, the are evaluations taken about different bodyparts and how effective they were in enabling teams to score points at each race. After the usual reviews of the race as a whole, there is a team by team evaluation - looking at how the weekend of racing was for both the front runners and the backmarkers. this allows many interesting facts come to light which the TV can't do justice too. John Watson often does some high performance road car tests in each issue, allowing the readers to see what the car of their dreams can do on the road and on the track. F1 Magazine is a great magazine, and can
be understood by both f1 nuts likemyself, and those who don't really follow the sport. For £3.50 a month you can't really go wrong and if you have the opportunity to read a copy, take it up because you will learn a lot about this very fast and exciting sport.
At £3.50 an issue, you might not think this magazine is good value, but you'd be wrong. The smaller F1 Racing is priced at at least £3, and F1 News, which is much smaller than this magazine, is gradually getting more expensive. The Autosport Review of the year, the same size as the last issue of F1 Magazine, was £5.99! This magazine is definitely good value. Out once a month, it's edited by Nigel Mansell. There are also columns from some bloked called Tom Rubython or something, plus one from Eddie Irvine which is usually very interesting. The news coverage this magazine is fantastic, as their coverage of the Adrian Newey affair proved. They also covered the Alesi and Frentzen thing very well. The magazine has several regular features, such as a road car test by John Watson, an article on a celebrity fan and an article on a drivers wife. One thing that really annoys me, however, is the need to have an article on Ayrton Senna in every issue. I know he was a great driver, but so were Prost, Mansell and Piquet and they haven't even had one article yet! The December one took the biscuit, with the cover dedicated to the article about Senna's last love affair. Let's hope its the last article as well. The photography in the magazine is superb. Add this to in depth race reports and previews, and technical features and you have a good magazine. My only other complaint is the letters page, as their is never any response from the people working at the magazine to the readers comments. Overall, this magazine is fantastic. It only started in 2001 and it is set to last a long, long time.
I have never been one for reading formula one magazines, I used to find that the web and the annuals were enough for me. That was until the start of the 2001 season when Formula 1 Magazine made its debut. the first thing you notice is its size every month, it is a fairly weighty magazine but not filled with adverts, there is a serious amount of editorial and reviews which make reading it a pleasure. Take the recent major news stories like the sacking of Frentzen and Neweygate. both of these stories were backed up with a multipage article showing the timings of key events and so on. reading them ensured that you got a thorough understanding of the situation. Each magazine has 10 page previews and reviews of recent f1 races. there are lap by lap highlights and comprehensive tables of qualifying and race positions. If you didn;t watch the races live on ITV then you will still get the complete coverage by reading the reviews. Another good section is the technical reviews which deal with a certain aspect of F1 in depth ie wings or brakes and how they fit in with the rules. As well as F1, the magazine covers other aspects of motoring but not in a fashion that takes away from the F1 title. Like there will be one review of a car each month. I feel that this makes for more interesting reading. If there was anything to say against the magazine, it isn't for passing F1 fans, it is a very detailed and technical publication but not overly so, if you are serious about F1, you'll have a good feel for whats going on. if you are an occaisional F1 fan, use web sites like ITV, if you are a regular but want an easy read, go for F1 racing, but if you want a high quality publication full of information each month, it has to be Formla 1 Magazine