The festive season is coming up quickly and there’s Black Friday bargains to be found today.
But what are the best gifts for F1 fans in 2016? F1 Fanatic reveals which are the top buys from this year’s reviews.
F1 2016 season review Blu-Ray/DVD
There’s no danger of any spoilers here as the 2016 title-decider hasn’t happened yet. But the review of Formula One’s longest-ever championship is certain to contain all the year’s dramatic moments so far, from the Mercedes pair clashing in Spain and opening the door for Max Verstappen’s shock maiden win, to the intense rain-hit race in Brazil which set up this weekend’s championship nail-biter.
Boasting five hours of footage and likely to include a heawlthy smattering of new stuff, this is likely to be an essential purchase for many. But it isn’t due out until closer to Christmas.
In a break from the norm F1 management has dipped into its archive to produce a new documentary. It’s not without flaws but it makes an interesting alternative to the official season review and has the added advantage of being available to buy right away.
F1 2016 by Codemasters
Widely hailed as Codemasters’ best Formula One game since they took on the franchise six years ago, F1 2016 boasts all 21 cars and 22 competitors from this year’s championship. As well as being available on the usual platforms a mobile version has recently appeared too:
- Read the review of F1 2016
- Buy F1 2016 Limited Edition for PlayStation 4
- Buy F1 2016 Limited Edition for Xbox One
- Buy F1 2016 Limited Edition for PC
Need a wheel to play it with? Fanatec are offering huge Black Friday discounts on their range:
While F1 2016 lets you drive the cars, Motorsport Manager is where you can experience every other facet of Formula One. It’s not officially licensed but the F1 management world it creates is unmistakeably authentic – right down to being able to lobby the governing body for rule breaks to benefit your team.
Watching the Wheels by Damon Hill
The pick of this year’s new motor racing biographies is Damon Hill’s frank and funny account of his unusual route to the 1996 world championship. Watching the Wheels has a great line in wry humour but also lifts the lid on Hill’s struggle with depression in the years after he left F1.
- Read the review of Watching the Wheels by Damon Hill
- Buy Watching the Wheels: My Autobiography by Damon Hill
Johnny Herbert, who also bowed out of F1 in 1999, has penned one of the most entertaining motor racing books of recent years. Here are two recommended reads for Ferrari and McLaren fans as well – and a suggestion for anyone who fancies a break from non-fiction.
- Read the review of What Doesn’t Kill You… by Johnny Herbert
- Buy “What Doesn’t Kill You… My Life in Motor Racing” by Johnny Herbert
- Read the review of 27: Patrick Tambay – The Ferrari Years
- Buy 27: Patrick Tambay – The Ferrari Years
- Buy Bruce McLaren from the Cockpit
- Buy Crash by Toby Vintcent
Total Competition by Ross Brawn and Adam Parr
The book that’s got everyone talking in F1 this year is “Total Competition”. Ross Brawn, one of the most successful team bosses of all time, serves up frank revelations about the sport, how he conquered it, and what needs to be done to fix it in an engrossing read penned with ex-Williams man Adam Parr.
- Read the review of Total Competition by Ross Brawn and Adam Parr
- Buy “Total Competition: Lessons in Strategy from Formula One”
For those who enjoy the technical side of the sport, Haynes’ growing roster of F1 car manuals make great gifts:
- Read the review of Haynes Owners’ Workshop manuals: Ferrari 312T
- Buy the Ferrari 312T Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual
- Williams FW14B Haynes manual reviewed
- Buy the Williams FW14B Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual
- Lotus 98T Haynes manual reviewed
- Buy the Lotus 98T Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual
See here for recommendations on over 100 different Formula One books:
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For those looking for a motor racing annual the authoritative Autocourse is by far the best choice. While it focuses on F1 ample coverage is given to other major racing categories too.
The other top reference work to check out this year is David Hayhoe’s incredibly thorough “F1: The Knowledge”.
For festive fun of the four-wheeled variety it’s hard to top slot car racing. Although Scalextric’s F1 set has been on the market for a couple of years it features state-of-the-art gaming innovations.
Whether you prefer your toy F1 cars in slot car or building block form, here are a few more suggestions:
- Buy the Scalextric 1:32 Scale GP Legends Lotus 49 Limited Edition Slot Car
- Buy the Scalextric C3702A Brabham BT26A-3
- Buy the LEGO Speed Champions 75911: McLaren Mercedes Pit Stop set
- Buy the LEGO Speed Champions 75913: F14 T & Scuderia Ferrari Truck set
With the teams’ new 2017 lines just around the corner, now is a great time to grab a bargain on merchandise. Look out for short-time deals on Black Friday too – Romain Grosjean’s website is offering 75% off today.
Race-used F1 car parts
Memento Exclusives, who supply the top prize for F1 Fanatic’s annual Predictions Championship, have an imaginative way of turning former F1 car parts into useful everyday items. Such as this ex-Mercedes gear ratio, machined to perform split-second shifts and now transformed into a desk clock.
Here are more ex-F1 car parts at a range of prices:
- Buy the F1 bearing keychain
- Buy the F1 skid block phone holder
- Buy the Force India wheel rim table
- Buy the F1 gear ratio and layshaft lamp
- Buy the Framed Stirling Moss steering wheel
- Buy the F1 dog ring clock
What better gift is there for an F1 fan than a trip to a race? Buying tickets this far ahead of the new season can get you some great deals.
Some circuits are revealling limited-time Black Friday offers today. For example Silverstone has a big savings on tickets for the Copse C grandstand.
- Buy Australian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne forum
- Buy Chinese Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai forum
- Buy Bahrain Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit forum
- Buy Russian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi forum
- Buy Spanish Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya forum
- Buy Monaco Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Monaco Grand Prix at Monte-Carlo forum
- Buy Canadian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve forum
- Buy European Grand Prix tickets | Going to the European Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit forum
- Buy Austrian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Austrian Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring forum
- Buy British Grand Prix tickets | Going to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone forum
- Buy Hungarian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring forum
- Buy Belgian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps forum
- Buy Italian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Italian Grand Prix at Monza forum
- Buy Singapore Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay forum
- Buy Malaysian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang forum
- Buy Japanese Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka forum
- Buy United States Grand Prix tickets | Going to the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas forum
- Buy Mexican Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Mexican Grand Prix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez forum
- Buy Brazilian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos forum
- Buy Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina forum
NB. Tickets may not be available for all races yet.
Over to you
What’s top of your 2016 wish list? Have you spotted any more Black Friday F1 bargains? Have your say in the comments.
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