Autocourse 2019-2020 (Hardcover)
The World's Leading Grand Prix Annual
Icon Publishing Ltd., 9781910584408, 408pp.
Publication Date: February 18, 2020
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.
In addition to 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.
About the Author
Tony Dodgins is one of the world's leading F1 journalists and attends every grand prix, reporting for a wide range of media worldwide. A passionate fan of Senna, he has been Grand Prix reporter for Autosport, F1 Racing and Motorsport News in the UK, and has written for leading motorsport titles in the USA and Japan. He also writes for and edits the prestigious Autocourse Formula 1 annual. At races he is part of BBC TV's coverage, assisting Ben Edwards and David Coulthard in the Formula 1 commentary box.
Maurice Hamilton has been part of the Formula One scene since 1977 and was the Observer’s motor racing correspondent for 20 years. He has written more than 20 books as well as commentating on Formula One for BBC Radio. He is now actively involved with the online community on Twitter and writes several blogs whilst continuing to write books about racing.
Mark Hughes is one of the most highly respected and authoritative writers in contemporary motorsport. He combines an acute understanding of present-day Formula One with an intuitive feel for the past. His work appears in a wide variety of magazines, including the UK's Autosport.
Gordon Kirby is one of the world’s most widely-read and respected motor racing writers. He was American editor of Autosport for thirty-two years from 1973-2004 and now serves as the US editor of Motor Sport, the world’s oldest racing magazine. Kirby also writes the annual American season review for Autocourse, starting in 1973, and is the author of an award-winning biography of Mario Andretti, A Driving Passion. Kirby also has written books about the Unser family, Bobby Rahal and Emerson Fittipaldi, and contributed to a book about Greg Moore.