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Formula 1 The Season [Hardcover]

Bernie Ecclestone
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2.0 out of 5 stars A big step backwards Jan. 18 2004
By Jared M
For me, the first 2 F1 Annuals set such a high standard for content that I am quite frankly very disappointed with the 2003 effort. Quite what the publishers were thinking I cannot begin to fathom as had they continued with the previous years format I am sure they would have made inroads on the market Autocourse cater for. So just what does set this edition apart from the 2001 and 2002 F1 Annuals?
The main factor is the simple fact that the 2003 Annual has nearly 300 fewer pages than its predecessors (Note: the product details for this book gives the number of pages as 670; this is actually INCORRECT, this book has 384 pages). Admittedly, 90 pages in the past annuals were devoted to a complete record of past F1 races from the inception of the F1 Championship and I'm not too suprised that this has been cast to the bin for the 2003 Edition. But that still leaves over 200 pages that has been excised. The majority of those 200 pages has come from the removal of the team's race by race performance. Probably one of the stongest features of the past annuals (for me), the team's technical/commercial/drivers and race by race record has been cleaved and pared to a mere few pages, nowhere as comprehensive as previously.
Coverage of technical developments is now confined to the major developments each race weekend. Another absentee is the strong statistical breakdown of the races; no lap charts, fastest/slowest, pitstop times, speedtrap times. There is no lap by lap summary of the individual races. There is no graphical representation of qualifying results. The results are now consigned to the back of the annual, a mere 3 pages encompassing the years results, which are confined to qualifying times and race results in bland black and white tables (No fastest laps!!!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great quality product, but.... Jan. 4 2004
By Andy
...what happened since last year's edition? I know the F1 Magazine had a face-lift that gave it a more professional look and feel, but in my opinion it should not have affected the book.
Last year's edition finally proved that official F1 annual is here to blow the Autocourse version out of the water with very thorough descriptions of the teams/drivers and lap by lap accounts of races from the overal and team perspectives...
While the book covers all of the "full-time" drivers (incl. N. Kiesa), missing profiles on both Baugartner and M.Gene who subbed for ailing Jordan and Williams drivers respectively. Also gone are lenghty race description instead replaced by hightlights.
To make a long story short, this format would be great for an end of year review magazine, NOT a hardcover book that costs $40.
However, the photography and layout are nothing short of beautiful.
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