Motorsport News is a weekly paper rather than a glossy magazine and it covers a wide spectrum of British and International motorsport, from F1 to stock cars. Over recent years, anecdotal evidence suggests it's taking readers off Autosport Magazine due to it's cheaper price but similar standard of reporting. Many readers also like the increased coverage of niche and club motorsports, and the extensive rally coverage is well appreciated. I could really do without the moralistic tone towards my sport, karting, in particular as they seem to be under the mistaken that there is more bad behaviour in that than any other branch of the sport. This is somewhat unavoidable though in a paper thats written for the industry rather than fans. However, if you ignore the didactic "MN Says" boxouts there's a lot of interesting and useful news stories in the paper that you wouldn't find elsewhere. I've also heard that if they don't have staff at an event already they will print race reports providing they get them by 5pm Monday.
Formula 1 magazine hit the shelves just before the start of this season, promising to be the race day programme for all serious F1 fans. It certainly hasn't disappointed me. The first few issues were edited by Niki Lauda, which enabled a first hand view of racing F1 cars as well as managing them. since his appointment at Jaguar, Niki has stepped down only to be replaced by Nigel Mansell! However these are not the only famous faces that contribute to this monthly magazine - Eddie Irvine, Eoin Young and John Watson all have features. Niki Lauder also keeps a column. The detail of the magazine is phenomenal. This does not only include statistics, but even on the "paddock patter" of the teams and technology surrounding the fastest cars in the world. There are articles on new cars as well, such as last month's features on the BMW 330 and the Renault Clio V6. But perhaps the most interesting aspects are the historic articles. Even the most knowledgable F1 fan can't fail to learn something in the articles such as "Senna's passion for pole", or "Ferrari's English Rose" - the story of Brenda Vernor. The best aspect of the magazine is saved until last - the race previews and reviews. It really does provide a programme to watch the qualifying and race by. The attention to detail of the writers is tremendous, and the photography (as with the rest of the magazine) is stunning. If you don't believe me, read the people who have sent letters of congratulations to Niki, printed at the back. The race reviews consist of a prose review, followed by a lap-by-lap review, and then a review from the point of view of each of the teams. The articles will appeal to casual reader and hardened fan. I started this year with little knowledge of F1, enough to get me by, but now that must have increased tenfold due to this magazine. The technical reviews of the previous two races (which it covers
every month) are very good, telling you things that can't be shown on TV. As with every magazine these days, it is packed with advertisements. But to get over 200 pages for £3.50 every month is a bargain. I would recommend this magazine to anyone with even a passing interest in F1, because we all want to know what Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were doing at the Spanish Grand Prix, don't we?