2015 F1 Fanatic Gift Guide

Over 100 great gift ideas for F1 fans plus Black Friday bargains

F1 Fanatic Gift Guide

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Whether you’re seeking a gift for an F1 fan or looking to treat yourself to a Formula One video or book, F1 Fanatic has got over a hundred recommendations to suit budgets of all sizes.

And with the Black Friday sales event kicking off tomorrow (November 27th), there are some extra bargains to be had on race tickets, team merchandise and much more.

Jump to: Videos | Games | Books | Merchandise | Pictures | Race tickets & trips | Models | Fun stuff

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Videos

Official 2015 F1 season review

F1 2015 DVD That's What Champions Do
That’s What Champions Do – 2015 F1 review video

The official Formula One season review video is essential viewing for every F1 fan, particularly as it often contains lots of previously unbroadcast footage. This year’s video is due out on December 21st.

More F1 season review DVDs

Complete your collection with videos from earlier seasons.

Still not enough? Find all the official F1 season reviews here.

F1 films and videos

Five years on from the excellent Senna movie, the re-release of 1992 documentary “Ayrton Senna: Racing is in my Blood” gives an eye-opening insight into how he was viewed before his untimely death in 1994. It’s among the pick of the video releases for Formula One fans this year.

And if any of the recent F1 cinema offerings passed you buy, now’s the time to catch up. Senna is unmissable, Rush is highly recommended, and even the flawed 1: Life at the Limit has its moments.

Other motor sport videos

Review all the action from this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours which featured an F1 driver in the victorious car for the first time in 24 years. That plus more reviews of other racing disciplines can be found below.

Games

F1 2015 – The official Formula One game

In their sixth year producing the official Formula One game, Codemasters brought the franchise bang up-to-date for the latest platforms as well as adding the new circuits and other changes for 2015. You can also play with all the 2014 content as well.

Licensing restrictions means the F1 game only features grand prix cars, so if you’d like to race something else there’s a few other suggestions below – plus a selection of steering wheels.

Books

Newest releases

It’s been the best year for new Formula One book releases for some time: Mark Webber and Max Mosley penned autobiographies while new books appeared on world champions Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell.

But before you clear space on your bookshelves or e-reader, check the reviews to find out which of these deserve a place your wish list.

Required reading

Autocourse 2015-16
Essential reading: Autocourse
Looking for a guaranteed quality read? These books all scored a maximum five-out-of-five when reviewed by F1 Fanatic:

Autocourse 2015-2016

Autocourse is the essential season review annual for motor racing enthusiasts.

While every edition bears the image of the latest Formula One world champion on the cover, inside you’ll find coverage of the world of four-wheeled motorsport. But the majority of each annual is given over to in-depth coverage of the grand prix season and superb photography.

Merchandise

Car parts

Layshaft and Gear Lamp
Layshaft and Gear Lamp
An F1 car contains an average of 80,000 individual components and teams replace them quickly. These increasingly find their way into all manner of distinctive gift items from wallet to clocks.

Memento Exclusives sell a wide range of items built from ‘upcycled’ F1 car parts – some at pocket money prices and others costing several thousand pounds. Here’s a selection of their products:

Team wear

As drivers now keep the same number from year to year, team merchandise doesn’t date as quickly as it used to. And there are some great bargains to be found on team kit at the end of a season.

Check out the official F1 website’s Black Friday deals page for several deals.

Race tickets and trips

Races

Foro Sol stadium, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 2015
Where will you watch F1 next year?
You can buy tickets for races on the 2016 F1 calendar via the links below. Note the calendar is still subject to change and ticket options for the new 2016 European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan have not yet been announced.

If you have any questions about going to a particular race, do post them in the forum for each race where other readers who have been to each event may be able to help.

NB. Tickets may not be available for all races yet.

Black Friday deals on race tickets

As last year the Circuit of the Americas is running a special Black Friday deal allowing you to buy a general admission ticket for six races including the Formula One, World Endurance Champions and Moto GP rounds for $249. The tickets go on sale on Friday at midnight until the following Monday. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is also selling tickets at half price this weekend, meaning a general admission ticket can be had for as little as $23.

Models

Here’s a selection of the 2015 grid in model form – including Red Bull’s test car in its black-and-white livery:

Fun stuff

If you didn’t manage to win one of the brilliant LEGO Speed Champions sets in the F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship, it’s surely time to treat yourself. The Ferrari F1 truck with racing cars and the McLaren pit stop set are highlights of this officially-licensed range. If you’d prefer something a little more advanced, check out the grand prix racer and Le Mans-style Technic sets.

A Mercedes versus a Mclaren might not be a very close competition in F1 these days but it’s sure to come across well in slot car form. The new App Race Control set from Scalextric features detailed models of each and their latest racing system which even updates your Facebook and Twitter profiles with your race statistics. Alternatively you can recreate some of this year’s better races with Carrera’s Formula Run set which features a Mercedes and a Ferrari.

Rally fans should check the Scalextric website for some great Black Friday deals on classic rally cars.

Over to you

Do you have any F1-related gifts in mind for the festive season? Have you spotted any great deals on grand prix gear you want to share with other F1 Fanatics? Let us know in the comments.

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  • 2 comments on “Over 100 great gift ideas for F1 fans plus Black Friday bargains”

    1. The words “required reading” do remind me of the sense of horror that came from flicking through the reading-list whilst I was doing my degree!

    2. I’d like to think the posters in my little Etsy shop also make a good gift for race fans.

      No hard feelings for not including them, Keith. ;)

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