2012 F1 season
The 2012 F1 Fanatic Gift Guide features over 100 suggestions for F1 presents with prices ranging from a few pounds to £90,000.
Whether you’re looking for a present for yourself, or something for a hard-to-buy-for F1 fan in your life, you’re sure to find inspiration here.
F1 2012 – The official Formula One game
Codemasters’ officially-licensed Formula One game features all 20 tracks from the 2012 roster plus all the drivers and their lovingly-recreated cars. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best way to get your F1 racing fix in the off-season.
- Buy F1 2012 (PS3, UK)
- Buy F1 2012 (Xbox 360, UK)
- Buy F1 2012 (PC DVD, UK)
- F1 2012 by Codemasters reviewed
And make sure you join in with the other F1 Fanatics playing F1 2012 in the F1 Games groups.
F1 Race Stars
A new title for this year, Codemasters have given classic party racer Mario Kart an F1 twist. The result is cartoonish fun which is terrific entertainment in multiplayer mode, though the single-player version is a bit shallow.
- Buy F1 Race Stars (Xbox 360, UK)
- Buy F1 Race Stars (PS3, UK)
- Buy F1 Race Stars (PC DVD, UK)
- F1 Race Stars by Codemasters reviewed
With these two games to play you’re going to need a decent steering wheel to get the most out of them. This superbly-made wheel and pedals set from Logitech even includes a manual gear lever in case you fancy a spot of historic racing, as well as the usual paddles behind the wheel for F1-style shifting.
The accelerator, brake (and clutch) are firm and well-weighted, and the entire product clamps sturdily onto a desk and feels very durable.
Official 2012 F1 season review: Victorious Vettel
The official video review of the 2012 F1 season will be called Victorious Vettel.
For the second year in a row the 2012 season review video will not be out in time for Christmas, mainly because the season now finishes so late in the year.
You can order your copy of the DVD and Blu-Ray editions of the official 2012 F1 season review here:
- Buy the Official Formula One Season Review 2012 (DVD, UK)
- Buy the Official Formula One Season Review 2012 (Blu-Ray, UK)
More F1 season review DVDs
Last year’s season review is available to tide you over until then. It might not have been a very close championship but there were lots of exciting races and the review is packed with the cream of FOM’s high-quality footage.
- Buy the 2011 F1 season review (Blu-ray, UK)
- Buy the 2011 F1 season review (DVD, UK)
- “He’s done it again” – official 2011 F1 season DVD reviewed
Fill the gaps in your collection:
- Buy the 2010 F1 season review DVD – “Sebastian’s Coming of Age” (UK)
- Buy the 2009 F1 season review DVD – “Not in a Hurry” (UK)
- Buy the 2008 F1 season review DVD – “Luck does not come into it” (UK)
- Buy the 2007 F1 season review DVD – “Kimi made it at last” (UK)
- Buy the 2006 F1 season review DVD – “Once again” (UK)
- Buy the 2005 F1 season review DVD – “Fantastic Fernando” (UK)
- Buy the 2004 F1 season review DVD – “Michael does it again” (UK)
- Buy the 2003 F1 season review DVD – “Michael & co.: The dream team” (UK)
McLaren’s animated series Tooned gets the F1 Fanatic stamp of approval for clearly being written by someone who knows a thing or two about Formula One and – more importantly – being genuinely funny.
The 12 mini-episodes plus features only add up to an hour’s viewing, but the DVD is an inexpensive buy and a great stocking filler for younger fans.
There can’t be many F1 fans left who haven’t seen the hugely successful film Senna. Whatever your opinion of him, this moving film packed with contemporary footage and never-before-seen material is a essential viewing.
- Buy Senna (DVD, UK)
- Buy Senna (Blu-ray, UK)
- Buy Senna ‘Triple-play’: Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions plus ‘Making of’ production notes (UK)
- “Senna” – the Ayrton Senna movie reviewed
Grand Prix Heroes series
The Grand Prix Heroes series, released last year, covers the careers of several world champions and other top drivers. They vary a little in quality, so do check out the F1 Fanatic review before making a choice. They’re also available as a boxed set.
- Buy the Grand Prix Heroes 10 DVD Box Set (UK)
- Buy Niki Lauda – Grand Prix Hero (DVD, UK)
- Buy Clay Regazzoni – Grand Prix Hero (DVD, UK)
- Buy Mika Hakkinen – Grand Prix Hero (DVD, UK)
- Buy Ronnie Peterson – Grand Prix Hero (DVD, UK)
- Buy James Hunt – Grand Prix Hero (DVD, UK)
- Buy Jackie Stewart – Grand Prix Hero (DVD, UK)
- Buy Mario Andretti – Grand Prix hero (DVD, UK)
- Buy Frank Williams – Grand Prix Hero (DVD, UK)
- Buy Emerson Fittipaldi – Grand Prix Hero DVD
- Buy Peter Revson – Grand Prix Hero DVD
- Buy Jody Schecter – Grand Prix Hero DVD
- “Grand Prix Heroes” DVDs reviewed
Other motor sport videos
Season reviews and films from other racing championships and events. Also Duke Video have reissued the classic documentary from Lotus’s 1973 season If You’re Not Winning… You’re Not Trying, which is definitely worth a look.
- Buy “If You’re Not Winning, You’re Not Trying” (DVD, UK)
- Buy the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 review (DVD, UK)
- Buy the Goodwood Revival 2012 review (DVD, UK)
- Buy the Le Mans 2012 Review (DVD, UK)
- Buy the BTCC 2012 Review (2xDVD, UK)
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F1 Fanatic has reviewed all the major new F1 book releases this year. Here are three which every reader should have on their shelves.
Poetry in Motion by Tony Brooks
Tony Brooks made us wait a long time for his account of racing in F1 in the fifties and sixties but it was certainly worth it. Revealing, insightful and funny, this is my F1 book of the year.
- Buy Poetry in Motion (UK)
- Buy Poetry in Motion (USA)
- Poetry in Motion – Tony Brooks’ autobiography reviewed
Team Lotus: My view from the pit wall by Peter Warr
Peter Warr, former Lotus team principal and Colin Chapman’s right-hand man, sadly passed away before completing his memoirs. But his fascinating recollections and uncompromising assessment of former drivers such as Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell make it an unmissable read.
- Buy Team Lotus: My view from the pit wall (UK)
- Buy Team Lotus: My view from the pit wall (USA)
- Team Lotus: My view from the pit wall by Peter Warr reviewed
I Just Made the Tea by Di Spires
An account of working as a motor racing caterer may not sound particularly interesting. But this behind-the-scenes tale is stuffed with candid and hilarious stories of Formula One drivers behaving badly. With copies going for less than a tenner there’s no excuse for missing this one.
More new books from 2012
Fans of Formula One nostalgia were very well-served by the F1 in Camera series which runs to five volumes including two on the 1970s. More than just straightforward picture anthologies, these are well-research and feature ample supporting text.
McLaren’s The Art of Racing is in a similar vein, though concentrating more on the stunning photography of Darren Heath, and coming with a rather steep price tag.
The Limit: Life and death in Formula 1′s most dangerous era gives an account of Phil Hill’s rise to the 1961 world championship, which ended in tragedy at Monza. Hill was unable to compete in the following round, the first world championship event at Watkins Glen – the history of Grand Prix racing at that track is the subject of another book.
Inevitably there are new books appearing in the run-up to Christmas so look out for reviews of the new Grand Prix Who’s Who (fourth edition) and former Williams CEO Adam Parr’s The Art of War coming soon.
- Buy Formula 1 in Camera 1950-59 (UK) | (USA)
- Buy Formula 1 in Camera 1960-69 (UK) | (USA)
- Buy Formula 1 in Camera 1970-79 (UK) | (USA)
- Buy Formula 1 in Camera 1970-79 Volume 2 (UK) | (USA)
- Buy Formula 1 in Camera 1980-89 (UK) | (USA)
- Buy McLaren: The Art of Racing (UK) | (USA)
- Buy the Lotus 72 Haynes’ Owners Workshop Manual (UK) | (USA)
- Buy The Limit: Life and Death in Formula One’s Most Dangerous Era (UK) | (USA)
- Buy Formula One at Watkins Glen (UK) | (USA)
- Buy My Chequered Career: Thirty-five years of televising motorsport (UK)
- Buy Tony Robinson: The Biography of a Race Mechanic (UK) | (USA)
- Buy Formula 1: All the Races (UK) | (USA)
- Buy the Autocourse Grand Prix Who’s Who (UK) | (USA)
- Buy The Art of War: Five years in Formula One
Also released in 2012 but not making it onto the recommended list were Jake Humphrey’s The Inside Track, Andrea Cremonesi and Marco Degl’Innocenti’s Meet Sebastian Vettel, Ayrton Senna: Messiah of Motor Racing and Bobbie Neate’s Conspiracy of Secrets.
Beautifully presented and brilliantly written, Autocourse annuals are highly collectable. This year’s edition will hit the shelves in time for the Christmas rush. You can order it directly from the publishers below with free UK postage.
The publishers have also made their 1971 to 1976 editions available as eBooks.
Second-hand copies of these sell for well over £200 each, but the electronic versions are available at £20 each or £80 for all six.
- Buy Autocourse 2012-2013 from Icon Publishing
- Buy Autocourse 2012-2013 (UK) | (USA)
- Buy Autocourse 1971-1976 eBooks
Official F1 annual
Haynes publish the officially-endorsed Formula One season annual which includes a foreword by Bernie Ecclestone, a round table interview with top F1 personalities and more.
Through the Eyes of Formula One
“Through the eyes of Formula One” (not reviewed) is a new book produced for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity in which all the drivers from the 2012 season and many more prominent F1 personalities have taken photographs and annotated them. It offers a rarely-seen glimpses into the drivers’ personalities, and all proceeds from its sale go to charity.
Not found the F1 book you’re looking for? Find more in the F1 books section.
We’ve just launched a brand new design in the official F1 Fanatic range – the wireframe design is available on T-shirts and mugs:
- Buy the F1 Fanatic Wireframe T-Shirt from Unlap
- Buy the F1 Fanatic Wireframe mug from Unlap
- Buy the F1 Fanatic “Second Place is the First Loser” T-Shirt
- Buy the F1 Fanatic “Second Place is the First Loser” mug
- Buy the F1 Fanatic “Real Racers Don’t Need Team Orders” T-Shirt
- Buy the F1 Fanatic “Real Racers Don’t Need Team Orders” mug
Find all the F1 Fanatic gear in the Unlap F1 Fanatic shop
The teams’ ranges of official merchandise seem to get larger every year. Here’s a selection of highlights. The Pirelli wristbands must be the ultimate F1 geek accessory:
- Red Bull V3ttel championship hat-trick T-Shirt
- Mercedes Michael Schumacher ‘Thank You, Goodbye’ T-Shirt 2012
- McLaren “Tea-lemetry” mug
- Lewis Hamilton helmet keyring
- Stone Ferrari ballpoint pen
- Lotus beanie hat
- Caterham unbrella
- Pirelli tyre wristbands
Declare your allegiance to one of F1′s past teams with this striking range of retro T-shirts from former Grand Prix winners. Also Toleman:
PJ Tierney posters
Car-a-day by Rob Ijbema
Rob Ijbema paints a range of racing car pictures and supplied one for the runner-up in the 2011 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship.
F1 photographer Darren Heath’s spectacular pictures are available to buy as prints.
You can get model cars for all the different drivers and teams – here’s a small selection of choices.
- Sebastian Vettel’s world championship-winning 2012 Red Bull RB8 1:43 scale
- Michael Schumacher 7 World Championships Presentation 1:43 scale
- Fernando Alonso’s Malaysian Grand Prix-winning 2012 Ferrari F2012 1:43 scale
- Lewis Hamilton’s Canadian Grand Prix-winning 2012 McLaren MP4-27 1:43 scale
- Jenson Button’s Australian Grand Prix-winning 2012 McLaren MP4-27 1:43 scale
- Kimi Raikkonen’s 2012 Lotus E20 1:43 scale
- Kamui Kobayashi 2012 Sauber C31 1:43 scale
- Nico Hulkenberg 2012 Force India VJM05 1:43 scale
- Red Bull RB8 2012 World Championship Presentation Sebastian Vettel 1:18 scale
Grandstand Motorsports Grand Prix tours
Grandstand Motorsports take the hassle out of arranging a trip to an F1 race and will tailor-make a package that suits your requirements:
Race tickets and packages
You can buy tickets for all the confirmed rounds on the 2013 F1 calendar via the links below.
If you have any questions about going to the race, do post them in the form for each race where other readers will be able to help.
- Buy Australian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne
- Buy Malaysian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang
- Buy Chinese Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai
- Buy Bahrain Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit
- Buy Spanish Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya
- Buy Monaco Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Monaco Grand Prix at Monte-Carlo
- Buy Canadian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
- Buy British Grand Prix tickets | Going to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone
- Buy Hungarian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring
- Buy Belgian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps
- Buy Italian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Italian Grand Prix at Monza
- Buy Singapore Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay
- Buy Japanese Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka
- Buy Korean Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Korean Grand Prix at Korea International Circuit
- Buy Indian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Indian Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit
- Buy Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina
- Buy United States Grand Prix tickets | Going to the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas
- Buy Brazilian Grand Prix tickets | Going to the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos
The Autocourse calendar features large, brightly-coloured pictures of the top drivers and cars of last year. Those who preferred the low-nose look of the McLaren will appreciate the picture of Jenson Button on his way to victory in Melbourne.
A selection of other F1-related calendars are also listed below.
- Buy the Autocourse 2013 Grand Prix Calendar (UK) | USA)
- Buy the Ferrari F1 2013 Calendar (UK) | (USA)
- Buy the Official McLaren 2013 Calendar
- But the Grand Prix Racing 2013 Square Calendar
- Buy the Monaco Grand Prix Calendar 2013
- Buy Rob Ijbema’s 2013 motor sport calendar
You can’t beat Scalextric for retro racing appeal. The cars in this McLaren set may look a bit too pre-2009 but there’s lots of fun to be had and the circuit is more interesting than anything Hermann Tilke has come up with. There’s also a smaller version available for those lacking floor space.
- Buy the Scalextric C1253 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:32 Scale Race Set (UK) | (USA)
- Buy the Micro Scalextric G1074 McLaren MP4 – 12C 1:64 Scale Race Set
Eddie Jordan luggage
Yes, you did that right. And no, they’re not designed by the same people that do his styling. But the Jordan-boss-turned-BBC-pundit does credit the Duolite GT case with making sure “my shirts arrive at any Grand Prix in style”.
Carbon fibre panelling means the case looks the part. It takes weight-saving to lengths Adrian Newey would surely approve of: the cabin bag weighs a mere 2.3kg and fits in overhead storage. However claims that its “F1 inspired aerodynamic shape” will make for a “speedier run to catch the plane” is taking things a tad too far.
GP International Magazine subscription
I contributed to the first two issues of new Formula One magazine GP International and they’re offering a special deal for subscribers through F1 Fanatic. Use the code GPFF when you sign up and you can get a 12-month subscription for just £27.
Memento Exclusives specialise in turning old F1 car parts into usable items. Some of the pieces go for four-figure sums but there are more more affordable items as well which make for special gifts:
- F1 Wheel Table
- Carbon fibre cufflinks
- Race-used Renault F1 bearing keychain
- Fernando Alonso exhaust pipe lamp
Amalgam F1 car models
If money is no object then you have to consider Amalgam’s beautiful large-size F1 car models. They even create full-size replica steering wheels, but expect four-figure price for all of their products.
- Lewis Hamilton 2012 McLaren MP4-27 – 1:8 scale
- Ayrton Senna 1988 McLaren MP4-4 – 1:8 scale
- Ferrari F2012 Steering Wheel – 1:1 scale
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