Published in December 2019. Hardbound, ISBN : 9781910584408
THE WORLD’S LEADING GRAND PRIX ANNUAL
AUTOCOURSE, the world’s leading grand prix annual, celebrates its 69th year of publication in 2019.
The 21-race Formula 1 World Championship season is covered in its usual full depth, with hugely experienced paddock insiders Tony Dodgins and Maurice Hamilton dissecting the drama and intrigue that are intrinsic parts of any F1 season. Their race commentaries are complemented by detailed results spreads, including lap charts and tyre strategies.
Mercedes-Benz again proved the class of the field, with Lewis Hamilton bidding to win his sixth world championship, but they did not have it all their own way.
Ferrari’s new star Charles Leclerc became a triple race winner, whilst erstwhile team leader Sebastian Vettel struggled to find the form that made him a four-time world champion before winning the Singapore Grand Prix. In addition, the ever-resourceful Red Bull Racing, with the exciting talent of Max Verstappen, scored dramatic victories to justify their decision to switch to Honda power.
Below the top three teams, Renault sought a return to past glories while locked in battle with McLaren and Racing Point for fourth place in the constructors’ championship.
Highly respected Mark Hughes looks at the technical developments behind all the competitors in his team-by-team review, enhanced by Adrian Dean’s beautiful F1 car illustrations.
As well as Formula 1, the sport’s other major categories are all afforded ample coverage. The Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships, key rungs on the professional single-seat ladder, are chronicled, as is the rise of Formula E, which is rapidly gaining considerable support from major manufacturers.
In sports car racing, the all-conquering Toyota, once again, won the Le Mans 24-hour race. Also covered are the door-banging exploits of the leading touring car series – the World Touring Car Championship, DTM (German Touring Cars) and the British Touting Car Championship.
From the other side of the Atlantic, Gordon Kirby provides his usual insightful analysis of the US racing scene which majors on the compelling action of the ever growing Indycar series and the gruelling 36 race NASCAR series.
AUTOCOURSE provides the most comprehensive record of the year’s sporting action, complete with results, published anywhere in a single volume. It is required reading for motor sport fans the world over.