Still looking for present ideas for a Formula One fan in your life? F1 Fanatic has ten top recommendations plus dozens more suggestions besides.
How to Build an F1 Car by Adrian Newey
The man who designed more world-beating Formula One cars than anyone else over the past two-and-a-half decades has finally put pen to paper. Adrian Newey’s revealing and witty memoir is the best new F1 book to hit the shelves in 2017. Don’t miss it.
- Read the F1 Fanatic of How to Build an F1 Car by Adrian Newey
- Buy How to Build a Car: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer by Adrian Newey
The Mechanic by Marc Priestley
In contrast former McLaren mechanic Marc Priestley’s recollection of his time in F1 is a spikier affair which gives a warts-an-all account of Formula One’s behind-the-scenes extremes.
- Read the F1 Fanatic of The Mechanic by Marc Priestley
- Read F1 Fanatic’s exclusive excerpt from The Mechanic by Marc Priestley
- Buy “The Mechanic: The Secret World of the F1 Pitlane”
Already got these on your shelves? Here’s a few more of the new books which arrived in the past 12 months.
- Read the F1 Fanatic review of Life to the Limit by Jenson Button
- Buy “Jenson Button: Life to the Limit – My Autobiography”
- Read the F1 Fanatic review of Formula 1: The Pursuit of Speed
- Buy “Formula One: The Pursuit of Speed: A Photographic Celebration of F1’s Greatest Moments”
- Read the F1 Fanatic review of Lotus 18: The autobiography of Moss’s ‘912’
- Buy “Lotus 18: The Autobiography of Stirling Moss’s ‘912’”
- Read the F1 Fanatic review of Formula One: The Real Score?
- Buy “Formula One: The Real Score”
- Read the F1 Fanatic review of Stephen South: The Way It Was
- Read the F1 Fanatic review of Formula 1 Car By Car 1960-69
- Buy “Formula One Car by Car: 1960-69”
- Buy “BRM – A mechanic’s tale”
- Buy “Monaco: Inside F1’s Greatest Race”
- Buy “These Desired Things: A Collection of Short Stories Including Breaking Bread with Ayrton Senna”
F1 2017 by Codemasters
F1 2017 is the first official Formula One game to receive five out of five from F1 Fanatic since Codemasters took over the franchise in 2009. Read why below.
- Read F1 Fanatic’s review of F1 2017 by Codemasters
- Buy F1 2017 Special Edition for for PlayStation 4
- Buy F1 2017 Special Edition for Xbox One
- Buy F1 2017 Special Edition for PC
Motorsport Manager by SEGA
While F1 2017 lets you drive the cars, in Motorsport Manager you can do everything else. The team behind it have painstakingly created a rich, constantly evolving, F1-style world for its management simulation. The game appeared late in 2016 so it’s still worth considering as a less expensive option for Formula One game fans.
The official 2017 F1 season review
It doesn’t hit the shelves until next week and review copies haven’t appeared yet. But expect the usual exhaustive account of the year and the pick of the very best F1 footage.
Want a review of an earlier season? Here’s F1 Fanatic’s verdict on the best of the rest:
The ultimate annual for motorsport fans includes detailed accounts of all 20 F1 races plus reviews of all the major international and national four-wheeled racing series.
Lego Mercedes F1 Team set
This officially licensed Lego set is features a Mercedes W07 each for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg plus a grandstand, pit garage, pit wall, television camera and loads more.
- Buy Lego Speed Champions 75883 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team Building Set
- Buy the Lego Speed Champions Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Building Set
Race-used car parts from Memento Exclusives
The 160 wheel rims each Formula One team gets through every race weekend is just one example of the vast amount of material the teams generate during a season. But ever more of this hardware is finding its way into our living rooms thanks to the team at Memento Exclusives and their imaginative range of items made from race-used ex-F1 car parts.
- Buy the race-used Force India white wheel rim coffee table
- Buy the race-used Michael Schumacher gear in acrylic
- Buy the F1 gear ratio clock
As well as clinching his fourth world championship, Lewis Hamilton broke an all-time Formula One record this year by surpassing Michael Schumacher’s achievement of setting the most pole positions. Mercedes has produced a special T-shirt to commemorate the achievement.
The usual vast range of merchandise is available from all the teams. And you should be able to pick up some deals on the last of the McLaren-Honda kit. Or get set for 2018 with the first ‘Halo’ F1 car models.
- Buy the Lewis Hamilton 2017 F1 Pole Position Record T-Shirt by Mercedes AMG
- Buy the official McLaren Honda team cap
- Buy the Minichamps Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Halo test model, 1:43 scale
Virtual reality headset
Virtual reality is everywhere and 2018 looks set to be the year Formula One embraces 360-degree video. The first tests of the technology including on-car cameras have already been completed.
A a virtual reality headset isn’t essential to enjoy the footage, but it’s a great way to experience the unique perspective it gives. Google’s ultra-cheap Cardboard offering offers the easiest way into trying out the technology – just slot your phone in and go.
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Over to you
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2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year