Motorsports books on my bookshelf

If you don’t already know, but I am a massive motorsports fan. If you didn’t know that, where have you been? If you’re new to An Ocean Glimmer, please say hello! If I’m not watching motorsports, you will find me at a race circuit. Of course, neither is possible at the moment so the next best thing is reading. My bookshelf is full of motorsports books, so I thought I would share my range of motorsports books.

Now, sit back and relax, here are six motorsports books you should read:

1. How to Build a Car: Adrian Newey

Adrian Newey is considered the best engineers in Formula 1, his designs have won numerous titles and over 150 Grand Prix. Now, I’m definitely not a fan of Red Bull Racing but Adrian, on the other hand, is definitely a likeable character. How to Build a Car explores his unrivalled 35-year career in Formula 1 through the prism of the cars he has designed, the drivers he has worked alongside and the races in which he’s been involved. It’s such an impressive story to read.

2. The Winning Formula: David Coulthard

When I was at Silverstone last year for the British Grand Prix, I met David Coulthard. He was signing his latest book, The Winning Formula. Here he opens the doors to the secretive world of Formula 1 and reveals how he has been able to master a variety of disciplines. He recounts his own stories as well as providing a fly on the wall insight. I love this! Definitely, worth a read, I’m definitely a nosy person.

3. The Unknown: Kimi Raikkonen: Kari Hotakainen

Kimi Raikkonen is one of my favourite Formula 1 drivers on the grid. That’s why, as soon as I heard there’s a biography, I just had to get my hands on it! He is such a quiet person and he doesn’t share much of his personal life, the author even notes this while writing. When you actually get to know him and get under his skin, there’s a lot to learn. I was addicted to this book and could not put it down – I recommend 100%.

4. My F1 Journey: Mark Webber

There’s something about Australian drivers – they’re all loveable! Daniel Ricciardo and Mark Webber. That’s why when I came across My F1 Journey from Mark Webber, I had to add this book to my bookshelf! I was a minor fan of Formula 1 when Mark was a driver but with him being Australian, there’s no reason not to fall in love instantly. This book is something, Mark opens up on everything, definitely worth a read!

5. How not to be a Professional Racing Driver: Jason Plato

Since becoming a Silverstone Race Maker, I have opened my eyes to other motorsports series, including the British Touring Cars Championship. I have fallen in love and have visited the Silverstone round every year since. One of the most famous drivers on the grid is Jason Plato and last year he released a book, all about how not to be a Professional Racing Driver. Jason is such a funny guy, I haven’t had the opportunity to read but I am very excited to, especially as I was able to meet him at Silverstone last year.

6. The Core: Oskari Saari

The last book on my bookshelf is The Core. The very first community meeting I went to for Dare to Be Different, I was introduced to the Hintsa Performance method. This book is a combination of biography and philosophy to sketch out the core principles of the method, with case studies of those it has helped. This one is definitely an eye opener! I do though, need to complete it.

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