Book Review: F1 Mavericks

While far from the first book written about Formula 1, F1 Mavericks is very digestible. It covers a lot of ground–what author George Levy calls the defining, innovative period from 1958 through 1982–in bite-size chunks. It’s a book you can pick up, read for a few pages, and come away feeling satisfied. The focus feels both narrow and wide, yet the thread of innovation ties everything together.  

Co-author Pete Biro, who passed away just last year, was there for those years as a photographer. The shots include on-track images–yes, there are many–but there are also lots that show the emotion–from the pits, the garages, and from the grid. The words, a mix of interviews and profiles, highlight the people who fueled that innovation: Mario Andretti, Jackie Stewart, Colin Chapman, Dan Gurney, Bernie Ecclestone and more.

The book’s afterword by the late champion Niki Lauda, which offers a blistering take on the current state of F1, is alone worth the price of admission. Lauda sounds off on the cars, the tracks and the sport. Just a taste of his disgust: “Look at the [MotoGP] motorbikes. The motorbikes are still going as they were always going. Attractive. Aggressive. You see what these guys do. Why did we change Formula One around so stupid?”

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F1 Mavericks” by  and 

Motorbooks, an imprint of The Quarto Group

Format: Hardback, 240 Pages

Cover Price: $50.00

ISBN: 9780760362211

Illustrations: 300 color & b-w photos

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